Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), often considered a moderate in her party, said on Sunday that she wouldn’t support a Supreme Court nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade.
“I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law,” she said of the landmark decision prohibiting states from outlawing abortion at certain points during pregnancy.
While appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Collins framed hostility towards the Roe v. Wade outcome as a form of “activism” that disrespects judicial precedent.
“A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don’t want to see a judge have,” she said.
GOP Sen. Susan Collins, a key vote on Trump’s SCOTUS nominee, says, “A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don’t want to see a judge have.” #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/FXt2sJN7fT
— ABC News (@ABC) July 1, 2018
Collins added to the growing concern, particularly among media figures, that Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement would spell an end to abortion protections in the United States. She said she would have an “in-depth discussion” with Trump’s nominee to replace Kennedy.
“It has been established as a constitutional right for 46 or 45 years and was reaffirmed 26 years ago,” she said of Roe v. Wade.
Her view contrasted with that of many conservatives who saw Roe v. Wade as a form of activism or legislating from the bench. Lila Rose, the president of the pro-life group Live Action, suggested as much in a tweet on Wednesday:
There is no “right” to kill a human child.
In Roe v. Wade, seven men fabricated the false “right” for a woman to kill life in her womb.
45 years of bloodshed, confusion & pain ensued.
It’s time to take responsibility. It’s time to undo this horror & enter an age of justice.
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) June 27, 2018
“In Roe v. Wade, seven men fabricated the false ‘right’ for a woman to kill life in her womb,” Rose argued.