In 1988, Justice Anthony Kennedy was confirmed by a Senate vote of 97-0.
And there is precedent for overturning Supreme Court precedents.
Republicans followed Reid's lead and extended his jettisoning of the two-third nominating requirement to the Supreme Court.
States would be free to act because, without Roe, the constitutional right to access abortion would be gone.
Many analysts also agree that even with the Supreme Court's likely philosophical shift, Roe v. Wade might not actually be overturned at all. One of these will have to get to the Supreme Court to enable a majority to overturn Roe.
Another dozen or so states still have pre-Roe abortion bans on the books. The 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide has been a hot-button issue ever since it was handed down, with the Right to Life movement working to overturn it.
Reversing the landmark case would not automatically make abortion illegal across the country.
At the same time, Myrick says, "there are 20 states where abortion would probably remain safe and legal". During the CNN interview, Pence similarly declined to label him an ally or an adversary, though the vice president said he doesn't think the administration has "any illusions about Putin or about Russian Federation".
So Supreme Court precedent is not sacrosanct. But he called four finalists for the nomination - appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, and Raymond Kethledge - "extraordinarily distinguished people".
"The President wanted to put someone on the bench who would not legislate from the bench, who would not, as has been too much of the case in the last generation or more, where we've had members of our federal judiciary who literally have been making policy and making law from the bench", he added.
Trade war, immigration war, and now Trump's Supreme Court nominee may spark a war around women's rights.
All this means the outcome of a confirmation vote is uncertain.
Pro-lifers overreached with Reagan's nomination of Judge Robert Bork in 1987.
In theory, such a process could force state legislatures to compromise. "They want ... voting rights and gay rights and other rights to be not only preserved, but also enhanced". As they've put together a campaign against the president's nominee, Democratic groups have found that informing voters of a looming threat to Roe - one that few saw as likely before the 2016 election - is one of their strongest messages.
Pence defended the government's effort to reunite immigrant families separated at the border after Bash pointed out that the administration appeared poised to miss a court deadline to reunite children under the age of 5 with their parents and later asked, "Was there a plan?" Under this arrangement, the Senate voted by 97-0 to confirm Kennedy's judicial nomination. Both sides knew that the future of Roe hinged on only one vote.
Nearly immediately after news broke June 27 that Justice Anthony Kennedy was retiring from the Supreme Court, liberals and Republican Sen. If upheld, these laws could effectively overturn abortion rights in many states or across the nation as a whole.
And no matter how you slice the polls, a consistent majority of Americans believe abortion should at least be restricted. Pro-life activists who are salivating over the opportunity to overturn Roe need to remember that rescinding Roe was not their movement's original goal, because if Roe is reversed, legal abortion will not end in the United States.
"There have been a lot of times where there's been a lot of panic about Roe v. Wade being overturned, and there's been a lot of hyperventilating about that, but this time really feels like it's not a drill, this time feels serious", said Janet Harris, 51, who sent a package of 10 wire hangers from her home in OR to Collins' office.