Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) admitted that if there was “demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade” then she would not support President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Collins stated, “Let me say that there’s a big difference between overturning some precedents such as Plessy versus Ferguson which was overturned in the school desegregation case in Brown versus The Board of Education, versus overturning a ruling that has been settled law for 46 years. 45 years, and it involves a Constitutional right and has been reaffirmed by the court 26 years ago. And indeed, Justice Roberts has made very clear that he considers Roe v. Wade to be settled law. I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law.”