Collins: I'm going to have 'in-depth' talk with SCOTUS pick about Roe v. Wade

Collins: I'm going to have 'in-depth' talk with SCOTUS pick about Roe v. Wade
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Overnight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements Senate panel to vote next week on banning 'gag clauses' in pharmacy contracts MORE (R-Maine) said Sunday that she would have an "in-depth" discussion with any judge President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE nominates to become a Supreme Court justice.

Collins said on ABC's "This Week" that she would discuss abortion rights with the nominee to ensure that Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide, remains in place.

"I’m going to have an in-depth discussion with the nominee and I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law, as it has been described by Chief Justice Roberts," Collins said. "It has been established as a constitutional right for 46 years — 45 years, and was reaffirmed 26 years ago."

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Collins, who will be a key swing vote in the nominee's upcoming confirmation process, said on Sunday that she was looking for a Supreme Court pick who would "demonstrate a respect for precedent."

"A nominee position, whether or not they respect precedent, will tell me a lot about whether or not they would overturn Roe v. Wade," she said. "A candidate of this import 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."

The GOP senator's remarks come days after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he would retire at the end of July, giving Trump his second opportunity to nominate a right-leaning justice to the bench.

Kennedy often served as the swing vote on key Supreme Court cases. His replacement will likely reshape the high court for decades to come.

Trump said he intends to name a nominee on July 9 and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Overnight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria Senate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee MORE (R-Ky.) has said the Senate will vote on his pick this fall.