Roe v. Wade and Abortion: Watch What Supreme Court Contenders Have Said

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During his time on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was viewed as a crucial swing vote on a range of divisive cases, including abortion rights. His retirement now gives President Trump a new opportunity to select a nominee who could overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion.

His search to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court is nearing its conclusion and three contenders have emerged as his most likely choices. In our video, we look at what they’ve said in the past on Roe v. Wade and abortion.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Judge Barrett is a favorite candidate of conservative Christian leaders and has been compared to Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. During a confirmation hearing for her appeals court position last year, she said she would “have no interest in” challenging the Supreme Court precedents for Roe v. Wade.

In a 2016 panel discussion, Judge Barrett said she could envision the scope of abortion rights changing.

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh

Before joining the federal court of appeals, Judge Kavanaugh served in the Justice Department and in President George W. Bush’s administration, where he helped fill the federal courts with conservative judges.

During his confirmation hearing in 2006, Judge Kavanaugh was asked whether he could identify any “pro-choice” judges that the administration nominated. “I don’t know, and we don’t ask, what someone’s position on issues like that is,” he responded.

Judge Raymond M. Kethledge

Judge Kethledge has not spoken publicly about Roe v. Wade, but during a confirmation hearing in 2008, he did speak about Supreme Court precedent.

“I would make sure that the values that I would be enforcing if I were a judge are not just my values,” he said, adding that he would not strike something down “simply because I don’t like it.”

Mr. Trump said on Thursday that he would announce his pick at 9 p.m. Monday.

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