The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy would solidify a solid 5-4 conservative majority on the court, and it has some pro-abortion rights advocates anxious about what that majority could mean for cases regarding reproductive rights. In some states, abortion would still be on-demand and paid for by the government.
But the bigger unknown is now centered around Kavanaugh's so far undisclosed position on abortion rights and the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade.
Kavanaugh's nomination to replace retiring justice Anthony Kennedy will need to be confirmed by the Senate, and with Republicans holding only a thin majority, Murkowski could be a deciding vote. Kavanaugh's position on Roe v. Wade is not as easily defined as it is for others who were on Trump's SCOTUS short list.
New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood also opposes Kavanaugh's nomination.
Stefanik believes the legality of Roe v. Wade is settled law. When pressed for his opinion on that case, he responded, "The Supreme Court is held repeatedly Senator, and I don't think it would be appropriate for me to give a personal view on that case".
In a wide-ranging interview with Bret Baier, Vice President Pence says the White House is encouraged by the early response to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, that Trump believes in engagement with Russian Federation, and that the president was right to dismiss General Flynn.
Meanwhile, pro-life groups like Alaska Right to Life say they're cautious about the nominee. "The criticism was that he didn't do it strongly enough".
"Precedent plays an important role in promoting stability and evenhandedness", Roberts said at the time. The group is specifically targeting vulnerable Senate Republicans including Sens.
In a separate interview on Fox News Channel, Pence said the White House was "very encouraged at the early response" to Kavanaugh and has "every confidence" that he will be confirmed. "But, with the ability of the court to sort of move at the margins and let a regulation stand here and let another regulation stand there, when you add it all up it restricts access".
Kavanaugh, a federal appellate court judge in Washington, D.C., dissented in a recent ruling that allowed a 17-year-old detainee in an immigration facility to obtain an abortion.
A lot is left to be decided by the Court, but Covington said it's certain that "the boundary of Roe is going to continue to be defined".