US Supreme Court Justice announces retirement

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Already the confirmation process is becoming a debate about the future of abortion rights in America and whether the nominee would uphold the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and subsequent challenges that have upheld a woman's right to abortion access.

During the 2016 presidential campaign Trump said he would seek to place a "pro-life justice on the court".

The United States Supreme Court ruled in favour of President Donald Trump's order to restrict travel from several majority Muslim countries to the U.S., in a 5-4 ruling on partisan lines, CNBC reports.

The president says in the Oval Office that he will choose Kennedy's successor from a list of 25 names that have been under consideration.

Under Trump, Justice Neil Gorsuch was appointed last year after the president's fellow Republicans in the Senate in 2016 refused to consider former Democratic President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, until after November elections that year.

Supreme Court vacancies have become a key voting issue in the US presidential elections.

Other women on the list include Joan Larsen, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati and previously served as a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, and Allison Eid, who serves on the federal appeals court based in Denver and previously served as a Colorado Supreme Court justice.

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"It's a great group of intellectual talent", Trump said. If Democrats stand united in opposition to Trump's choice, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky can lose no more than one vote. "His opinions are so well-written and so brilliant", said Trump. When McConnell adopted "the Reid Rule" past year for Supreme Court nominees to break Democrats' filibuster against the nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, he was merely allowing the majority of the Senate to advise and consent. "Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president". But the court has since rejected repeated attempts to expand on the right of gun ownership, in part because Roberts and Kennedy would not join the other conservative justices to take on a new case.

Should Trump announce his pick as advertised on July 9, it would mark just 13 days since Kennedy's announcement.

For years, Kennedy infuriated conservatives with decisions striking down prayer at public school graduations and upholding abortion rights - and exasperated liberals with decisions on affirmative action and campaign finance laws.

The Supreme Court has two cases left to decide before justices begin their summer break.

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), one of two Muslim House members, likened the court's ruling to the "Dred Scott decision, in which a partisan court reached a discriminatory holding to support a futile attempt at suppressing human dignity".

If Roe v. Wade is not overturned outright, expect it to become much easier for states to impose extreme restrictions on access to abortion. "We shouldn't vote on confirmation until they have voted at the ballot box".

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