Pennsylvania judge one of four Supreme Court finalist

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In a press statement published at the Planned Parenthood website, the groups say their announcement of the special standard "comes after President Trump promised to appoint only biased justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade and strike down the Affordable Care Act".

Chicago-based federal judge Amy Coney Barrett, Washington D.C. -based judge Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, a federal judge in MI, are considered top contenders.

Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on July 5 that he has narrowed his list of contenders to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to "three or two" names. "I think they're all outstanding". At first, the Michigan Supreme Court justice thought something bad must have happened.

Kavanaugh's allies have begun pushing back, reaching out to influential Republicans to ward off potential criticisms, according to one conservative who was the recipient of such outreach and spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday to discuss the situation. "I think of the four people, I have it down to three or two". The court ruled the requirements placed an "undue burden" on the right to an abortion established by Roe.

Others who emerged on Trump's shortlist just days ago - federal judges Thomas M. Hardiman, Amul R. Thapar and Joan L. Larsen, as well as Sen.

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen as the court nears the end of its term in Washington, U.S., June 11, 2018. Before that, he worked in the White House as a counsel and staff secretary during the George W. Bush administration.

At the rally, President Trump also briefly mentioned his search for the nation's next Supreme Court justice.

Trump is set to announce his nominee in a televised address on Monday evening.

Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School, where he adopted numerous views of late Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law", Collins told CNN. The Senate confirmed him in May 2006.

Some have suggested that Kethledge could be another justice in the mold of Trump's first nominee, Neil Gorsuch. On Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, reiterated that she could not vote for a nominee with a "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told Coney Barrett a year ago during her confirmation hearing in an exchange about the judge's Catholic faith - a comment that was roundly criticized by religious leaders. Like Donnelly, she also met with Trump after Kennedy's retirement, where they discussed the court vacancy, which was right after Trump railed against her during a rally in North Dakota with her challenger, Rep. Kevin Cramer.

"If Democrats tried to go anti-Catholic with her, that'd backfire and we know it", said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.).

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