- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Roe v. Wade became a top trending topic on Twitter Wednesday afternoon after pro-choice activists called into question the future of abortion rights now that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy officially announced his retirement.

“With Trump nominating the next Supreme Court Justice, our constitutional right to access legal abortion is in DIRE, IMMEDIATE danger—along with the fundamental rights of all Americans,” NARAL Pro-Choice America tweeted.

“With Kennedy retiring, the right to access abortion in this country is on the line,” the Planned Parenthood Action Fund tweeted.

Mr. Trump said during his 2016 campaign that he would nominate judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 abortion-rights decision.

“Well, if we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that’s really what’s going to be — that will happen,” Mr. Trump said during the final presidential debate, The Washington Post reported. “And that’ll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court. I will say this: It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination.”

Justice Kennedy, a crucial swing vote on the high court, announced in a letter to President Trump Wednesday that he would be stepping down on July 31. The president said he would pick a successor from a previously released list of 25 candidates.​

Former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said a nominee shouldn’t be considered until after the November primaries.

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