“A woman’s right to control her body is at stake with this next nominee,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), who as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee will lead her party’s scrutiny of Trump’s nominee. Asked how much Collins and Murkowski should weigh abortion in their decision, Feinstein said, “That’s up to them. But for me, it’s huge. Because I know what life was like before and most young women don’t.”
Murkowski called the future of Roe v. Wade — the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide — a “significant factor,” but she stressed that in no way will that landmark ruling be the sole factor for her.
“And I don’t think it should be the only factor for anybody,” Murkowski said. “It’s not as if those are the only matters that come before the Supreme Court.”
Collins said Thursday that although she wouldn’t ask Trump’s pick how he or she would rule on specific issues, she always presses judicial nominees about their views on legal precedent.