Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement from the United States supreme court this week represents the greatest threat to reproductive freedoms since the landmark 1973 case Roe v Wade legalized abortion in America.
Check out how cartoonists saw these events. Kennedy's news that he'll leave the court next month immediately activated a network of White House aides, congressional allies and outside advocates, all set for their second Supreme Court confirmation fight in two years. The exit of Kennedy, often a swing vote in 5-4 decisions, gives Trump the opportunity to nominate a strict conservative and move the court farther to the right.
If Trump is able to appoint a crucial fifth anti-woman justice to the Supreme Court, the fate of safe abortions for millions of women across the country will be jeopardized.
There is no nominee yet, but Trump indicated on Friday he will likely pick from a short list of roughly five candidates, all of which have bona fides among conservatives and align ideologically with Justice Neil Gorsuch.
When asked whether he would be asking candidates about their opinions on abortion rights, Trump stated, "That's not a question I'll be asking". And the Trump White House, while disorganized in other areas, made its relationship with the religious right a priority.
Collins, who favors a woman's right to choose on abortion, joined like-minded Republican Lisa Murkowski at the White House meeting.
Pro-choice demonstrators wave signs in front of the US Supreme Court 30 November 2005, in Washington, DC.
He said Democratic senators running for reelection in conservative states, like West Virginia and in, face a "lose-lose" scenario: Risk angering their base voters by supporting Trump's pick, or vote no and harm their chances among the Republicans and moderates they still need to win.
Kennedy's announcement spurred excitement among conservatives over the possibility of replacing the justice with a younger and more conservative nominee that could serve on the court for decades. Also attending were Republican Charles Grassley and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp. "We're hoping there will be some Democratic support", he said, "We're not assuming this is just going to be a straight party-line vote".
"We have to pick one that's going to be there 40 years, 45 years", Trump said at a rally on Thursday.
I don't know who this gentlemen is-he doesn't appear to be a member of the media-but his tweet was so downtrodden and hopeless, it earned a spot.
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