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"Nobody really knows" how the next justice will vote, Leo said. "I'm not going to comment on those particular cases right now".

While public polling on abortion finds support for a number of potential abortion restrictions, the popularity of Roe itself remains high.

Blumenthal added, "The next justice on this Supreme Court will probably be the swing vote in deciding whether [the president] has to comply with a subpoena" from Mueller if a subpoena is issued. Instead, it was a strategy that the pro-life movement developed in the 1980s - a strategy that, in fact, likely would have succeeded in reversing Roe if it had not been for Justice Kennedy.

ACLU national political director Faiz Shakir says the ads are meant as a "gentle plea" for Murkowski and Collins to follow their records and stand against any undermining of Roe v. Wade. One of these will have to get to the Supreme Court to enable a majority to overturn Roe.

Roughly a dozen other states appear unlikely to enact tougher abortion laws, and some of those, such as California and Maryland, have laws explicitly protecting the right to access abortion.

Another dozen or so states still have pre-Roe abortion bans on the books.

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States could simply begin enforcing other bans that were never formally blocked, like one in Alabama that makes abortion providers subject to fines and up to a year in jail.

Reversing the landmark case would not automatically make abortion illegal across the country. In 1981, she testified before Congress in support of a bill that, if passed, would have allowed states to prosecute abortion as murder, The New York Times reports.

States would be free to act because, without Roe, the constitutional right to access abortion would be gone.

President Trump's top outside adviser on his Supreme Court nomination said he's "very confident" Republicans can "get anybody confirmed", but a leading Democratic senator suggested that the president is making himself "a puppet" by selecting a Supreme Court nominee from a list compiled by conservative groups. At this point, pro-lifers turned to their second-best option - changing the Supreme Court so that they could overturn Roe v. Wade.

Most Republicans want to put the Supreme Court out of reach of the left for a generation or more.

Trump's Supreme Court pick has yet to be officially announced, though some sources, including CNBC, have reported that the president has "quietly" settled on D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

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Pro-lifers overreached with Reagan's nomination of Judge Robert Bork in 1987. Along with Bork's other skeptical observations about the right to privacy and civil rights, his strong condemnation of Roe doomed his judicial candidacy, and the Senate voted not to confirm him.

Republican lawmakers have long opposed the measure.

The cases fall into three major categories.

Abortion rights proponents say they're anxious about what will happen to abortion access if President Trump appoints a Supreme Court justice willing to overturn the landmark decision Roe v. Wade.

Kennedy, by contrast, was a swing vote on abortion issues. He rewarded them with the appointment of conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

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