This would be the president's second court pick.
"A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don't want to see a judge have, and that would indicate to me a failure to respect precedent", Collins said on ABC's "This Week".
Susan Collins, a key vote on President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, said today she would oppose any nominee she believed would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
"Justice Kennedy has been a tireless voice for individual rights and the Founders' enduring vision of limited government", the president said of the swing-vote judge shortly after the announcement.
Collins said there's a difference between overturning cases such as key civil rights cases and abortion.
"You don't overturn precedent unless there's a good reason", the SC lawmaker said on NBC's "Meet the Press".
Trump said he has narrowed down the list to about five, including two women, and said he intends to announce the nominee on July 9 before he heads to Europe for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting and a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "And that'll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court". "I think we'll have a lot of support".
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Wade . "It has been established as a constitutional right for 45 years and was reaffirmed 26 years ago", Collins told ABC. Collins added that Chief Justice John Roberts has stated in the past that he considers Roe v.
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Collins did acknowledge President Trump was willing to expand his list of potential SCOTUS nominees, and said it was not "unreasonable" to believe the next justice could be confirmed before midterm elections in November.
Trump spent the weekend at his New Jersey golf club conferring with his advisers, including White House counsel Don McGahn, as he considers his options to fill the vacancy that might make precedent-shattering court decisions on abortion, health care, gay marriage and other issues. But he told reporters on Friday that he would not question potential high-court nominees about their views on abortion, saying it was "inappropriate to discuss".
With just a 51-49 Republican majority in the Senate, Trump can lose just two lawmakers, and one of the GOP senators, U.S. Sen.
He selected Justice Neil Gorsuch in January 2017 to replace Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.
But Collins has in the past bucked her party and the president, notably with her opposition in 2017 to Trump's education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos, and to attempts to repeal Barack Obama's healthcare law.
"I want a judge who will apply the law to the facts of the case with fidelity to the Constitution", Collins added.
Sen. Lindsey Graham also said Roe v. Wade shouldn't be overturned "unless there is good reason".
Sen. Collins stated that Justice Gorsuch had expressed that he would be most likely not overturn the 1973 ruling because Roe has now been long established.