Sunday shows preview: Supreme Court fight in the spotlight

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Democrats and liberal interest groups, gearing up for President Donald Trump's choice for the seat opened up by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, are treating the moment as one of utmost danger for abortion rights in the United States.

As the 2016 presidential campaign wound down, then-candidate Donald Trump made clear that if elected, he would work to see an end to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on his watch.

Ninety percent of Democrats said the vacancy would make them more likely to vote for a Democratic Senate candidate in the November 6 election, compared with 81 percent of Republicans who said the issue would make them more likely to vote for a Senate candidate from their party.

Already the confirmation process is becoming a debate about the future of abortion rights in America and whether the nominee would uphold the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and subsequent challenges that have upheld a woman's right to abortion access.

"No matter how I vote there are going to be people who are furious at me", Collins said.

Heitkamp said the president should think about a nominee who could unite, rather than divide, the country.

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"We have great people. highly talented, brilliant, mostly conservative judges", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to New Jersey. The court's conservative majority asserted itself on Trump's travel ban, worker rights, voting rights and religious freedom.

White House officials said they would like to see a new justice confirmed and sworn in before the new court term starts on October 1, or at least by Election Day on November 6.

He was among several senators who met Thursday with Trump at the White House. "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 need intellect. We need so many things". A person familiar with the White House nomination process said there were five front-runners on Trump's list.

Age tends to be important to presidents because they want their nominees to serve for the longest possible length of time.

Iowa's "heartbeat" law prohibits doctors from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can happen as early as six weeks, with exceptions in the case of certain instances of rape, incest or medical emergency. "This appointment will have a significant effect on the availability of abortion", Carroll said.

MS and Louisiana recently passed legislation banning abortion after 15 weeks with limited exceptions. "And with it, they hold the right to safe and legal abortion", Krasnoff said.

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In Arkansas, a legal battle is now playing out over a law that imposes limitations on access to medication-induced abortions.

That's true, and it's the goal of many abortion-rights opponents, some of whom downplay the idea that abortion could become illegal nationwide.

Collins wasted no time following Kennedy's announcement to reiterate that she believes Roe v. Wade is "settled law", but a spokeswoman told the Portland Press Herald that Collins "does not apply ideological litmus tests to nominees".

"The fact that there's a modest enthusiasm disadvantage isn't all that meaningful because there's already an enthusiasm gap for Republicans", he said, noting Democratic anger toward Trump.

There are ten Democratic senators up for re-election in 2018 in states that Trump won in 2016. "I'm looking for someone who doesn't wear their own politics on their sleeve, being a jurist".

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