Roe v. Wade lawyer: Trump won’t overturn abortion rights

Roe v. Wade lawyer: Trump won’t overturn abortion rights
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An attorney involved in the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling does not think President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE will walk back abortion rights.

“Trump has been somebody that’s had different positions on this issue at different times,” Dr. Sarah Weddington said in an interview with TMZ published Thursday.


“He’s got enough female children that are very strong,” added Weddington, who represented “Jane Roe” in the landmark Supreme Court case. "I can’t imagine them letting the law be overturned.”

Weddington admitted the current makeup of the Supreme Court raises the possibility of an abortion-rights rollback, however.

“Right now we’ve got about five judges on the Supreme Court that I would say favor Roe v. Wade,” she said.

“If [Trump] got one more on there that was against, that might not be quite enough to overturn Roe,” Weddington continued. "But certainly, if he got two, it probably would be.

“First, you’ve got the vacancy that exists now. And then you’ve got several of the judges who are of an age, in their 70s and almost 80s, where it’s logical to think that sometime in this four-year period, someone might pass on.”

Weddington added that abortion-rights supporters should feel more concern about Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceHillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hacker pleads guilty over botnet | Reddit bans QAnon forum | FCC delays review of T-Mobile, Sprint merger | EU approves controversial copyright law Overnight Defense: Trump marks 9/11 anniversary | Mattis says Assad 'has been warned' on chemical weapons | US identifies first remains of returned Korean war troops The Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2018 midterm elections: #Vote4RUTH MORE than Trump.

“I tend to worry more about Pence,” she said of Indiana’s GOP governor. "He’s been absolutely against Roe v. Wade as long as I can remember. I think in some ways he’ll be the key person on legislation for Trump.”

Trump has repeatedly vowed he would appoint more conservative Supreme Court justices, raising the possibility of legally reexamining abortion rights.

The Republican suggested on Sunday that his picks for the nation’s highest court may result in women having to leave their home states for abortions.

“The judges will be pro-life,” Trump said on CBS News’s “60 Minutes." "But having to do with abortion — if it were ever overturned — it would go back to the states.”

“Yeah, but then some women won’t be able to get an abortion,” CBS News anchor Leslie Stahl said of that scenario.

“Yeah, well, maybe they’ll have to go — they’ll have to go to another state,” Trump responded.