Judgment day for law on abortion as Trump nominates Supreme Court judge

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Trump is scheduled to announce his nomination to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at 9 p.m. on July 9.

Trump has enjoyed teasing details of his process in recent days, saying Thursday that he was down to four people and "of the four people, I have it down to three or two".

Of those, the shortlist is understood to have boiled down to four judges from various USA courts of appeal - Amy Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge.

"I am concerned that he's making it like a game show", Sen.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Roy Blunt of Missouri said Sunday that they believe any of the top four contenders could get confirmed by the GOP-majority Senate.

"If you're a conservative Republican, the four people named-particularly Thomas Hardiman, I'm glad he's on the list-are all winners, and every Republican should embrace these picks". Barrett has already crossed swords with Democrats in her Senate confirmation hearing for her current job, when California Sen. Meanwhile, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona is battling brain cancer and has not been back to the Capitol since December.

And Democrats can not even be sure of holding their line against Trump's pick.

Leading Republican US senators also toured Sunday TV studios predicting that their party would stand united over the confirmation process, and warning Democratic senators from conservative "red" states won by Trump in 2016 that if they opposed the nomination they would have to answer to voters at the midterm elections in November.

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He claimed Trump is looking to pick a judge who will "automatically overturn Roe v. Wade", but said a "vast majority" of Americans will side with Democrats if Trump makes such a pick.

"I'm not sure I'm leaning anywhere on those four nominees".

"I think we can confirm any of the four names being mentioned", Blunt said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' "They're good judges. I'm very confident with this president's enthusiasm and with Leader McConnell's enthusiasm that they can get anybody confirmed".

Democrats and pro-abortion groups stepped up their rhetoric on Sunday over the danger of Trump's second pick.

Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them". The New York Times reported Sunday that Trump found Kethledge a little tiresome and anxious about his record on immigration.

The president is said to be leaning toward Hardiman. "And after that 36 year period, we only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe".

"You want judges on the court who understand that the best way to preserve freedom and dignity, and prosperity in this country is to have people who are going to interpret the Constitution as it's written and not play politics when they're judges".

Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, are pro-abortion and have said they would vote against a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

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