Among the precedents that some are anxious the court could possibly reverse: the same-sex marriage law and the abortion case, Roe v. Wade.
When asked during a Fox News interview if he would appoint a pro-life Justice, President Donald Trump said many people are advising him against that decision. The 1973 ruling legalized abortion across America.
Trump said he was working from a list of 25 conservative nominees the White House released last November, and the Center has requested disclosures for all of them.
"They are outstanding people, they are really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and every other way and I had a very, very interesting morning", he said, according to White House pool reports.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has said she would oppose any nominee she believed would overturn Roe v. Wade, stressing she wants to back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the Roe decision.
Trump said on Friday he plans to announce his nominee on July 9 and that he has narrowed his list of contenders to about five, including two women.
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"What I want to see is a nominee who, regardless of his or her personal views on the very hard and contentious life issue, is going to respect precedent regardless", added Collins. It will also appear in Google and Twitter searches.
"They're going to get beaten so badly", Trump said. His departure likely gives the court a conservative majority. She noted that courts have struggled over when to keep "an erroneous decision" on the books, citing as an example Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a major 1992 Supreme Court ruling that upheld Roe.
He said, "Roe v Wade has been affirmed over the years ..." "We are excited about the opportunity of putting justices on the court who are going to look at the original intent of the constitution and rule in that manner", said Carol Trobias of the National Right to Life Committee. He sided with the court's liberals by voting in favor of abortion rights and gay rights in some cases.
While Kennedy was a conservative, he proved to be a somewhat unpredictable "swing" vote over his long career.
"I think this confirmation will be especially important, because there are a lot of areas of constitutional law where there is uncertainty right now", he said.