Tobin did elaborate further during an appearance on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” where he was joined by other legal analysts with some observations of their own.
“Any Supreme Court nomination is important, but this one is the most important because it will change the partisan makeup of the court,” he told Jake Tapper. “Anthony Kennedy… was mostly with the conservatives, while on a couple of key issues, most notably abortion rights, he was the vote that was keeping Roe v. Wade the law of the land. That is done. Roe v. Wade is going to be overturned. There is no doubt that the people advising President Bush-uh, President Trump, in making this nomination is to pick someone who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.”
The states, Toobin continued, “know this”:
They will start passing right now bills banning abortion altogether, and I guarantee you in the next year, the Supreme Court will have cases that will challenge Roe v. Wade, and I think it is doomed. Abortion will be illegal in a significant chunk of this country within 18 months.
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Both President Trump and Senator McConnell have assured their supporters that a new Supreme Court justice should be confirmed by the fall. In response, the pressure has mounted on Republican senators like Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK), who have expressed their support for women’s reproductive rights, to not confirm a Supreme Court nominee who plans to overturn Roe v. Wade. Collins, in particular, has referred to Roe v. Wade as “settled law.”