"This is the moment conservative women have been waiting for - the chance to return justice and constitutional limits to the nation's highest court", said Penny Nance, the president of Concerned Women for America. The court's make up will determine important issues, including reproductive rights. "If Trump were to go with a candidate who is less judicial in her or his temperament or about whose past there are questions, that suddenly becomes a riskier choice in a U.S. Senate so evenly split and with Senator McCain's health being so precarious".
In that 5-3 decision - delivered by a shorthanded court just months after Scalia's death in 2016 - justices in the majority relied on the undue burden test to strike down a Texas law limiting abortion availability.
Let us not dwell on the obvious truth that they could trust Trump's judgment because he promised not to exercise it: He promised that he would choose Scalia's replacement from a list provided by people who have actually thought about such matters - principally, the conservative lawyers of the Federalist Society.
But for Republicans who have feared a massive enthusiasm advantage for Democrats, the sudden vacancy that could shape the court's direction for a generation was nothing short of a gift from the political gods.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement after holding his position for more than 30 years.
Control over Supreme Court nominations has become a hot-button issue for the USA electorate, with 70 percent of respondents in a 2016 CNN poll saying it was an important factor in their vote.
"A confirmation of this historic magnitude ... the American people should have a voice", he said. The FBI is still conducting background checks, the person said.
McConnell added that he looks forward to another "outstanding selection" from Trump.
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The announcement kick-started rampant speculation about whom Trump will pick for what could be the most consequential appointment of his presidency, giving him the opportunity to move the Supreme Court more solidly to the right. When President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch previous year, he tipped the balance in favor of conservatives.
Justice Kennedy, 81, announced in a letter to President Trump that he would be stepping down from the court on July 31. But he said the vacancy - and the pitched battle to replace Kennedy - could galvanize conservative voters and help the party retain its threatened House majority.
During the most recent Supreme Court term, Kennedy wrote the majority 7-2 opinion in favor of Colorado Christian baker Jack Phillips, who refused to design a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding. Religious conservatives will consider this Providential and will, for perhaps the first time, thank God for Kennedy.
Kennedy is a conservative, but he joined the court's four liberals to cast deciding votes on several key social issues, most notably on gay marriage. Kennedy's successor is less likely than him to get in their way.
In a statement, Leo says that Kennedy "has cared deeply about the relationship between the Constitution and individual liberty, and played a key role in helping to shape the Supreme Court's conservative jurisprudence in the areas of campaign finance and the First Amendment, gun rights and the Second Amendment, the separation of powers and federalism, and reasonable restrictions on abortion, such as the partial-birth abortion ban". In the end, Kennedy switched sides and led the court in ruling that public school officials violate the constitutionally required separation of church and state when they invite clergy members to say prayers - invocations and benedictions - at graduation ceremonies.
The United States Supreme Court ruled in favour of President Donald Trump's order to restrict travel from several majority Muslim countries to the U.S., in a 5-4 ruling on partisan lines, CNBC reports.
Cases dealing with abortion and contraception are the most likely healthcare cases to be affected by Kennedy's retirement, Tim Jost, JD, emeritus professor of law at Washington & Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia., said in a phone interview.