[Ed. – But if the post-Kennedy court votes against Roe v. Wade, their decision will mark a new precedent. Or is Collins really saying she believes judges should respect precedent that she personally endorses?]
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on Wednesday that she believes Roe v. Wade is settled legal precedent — and she believes judges should respect precedent. [Emphasis added]
“I view Roe v. Wade as being settled law. It’s clearly precedent and I always look for judges who respect precedent,” Collins told reporters on Wednesday, referencing the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Her comments come after Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement quickly reignited talk of a possible fight over abortion.
Kennedy had been the fifth vote for upholding Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that established the right to abortion in 1973.
Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are viewed as two potential early swing votes on Trump’s forthcoming nominee. Progressives already are urging voters to push the two senators to oppose a nominee deemed too conservative on abortion.
Hours after Kennedy’s retirement was reported, Murkowski issued a statement saying that Trump’s next Supreme Court pick could expect “exacting scrutiny.”