And about 49 percent said it was very important to get a justice who agreed with them on police powers.
Opponents of overturning the landmark Supreme Court decision argue that to overturn Roe v. Wade would cause women to seek out abortions by illegitimate means, resulting in a higher mortality rate among pregnant women not wanting to carry their pregnancy to full term.
It's not the only pressure being placed on Murkowski: The left-leaning grassroots organization Indivisible Anchorage plans a protest outside her Anchorage office Monday ahead of Trump's expected announcement. It's about what the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey explained is the "promise of the Constitution that there is a realm of personal liberty which the government may not enter". For the next twenty-six years, as long as Kennedy was on the Court, conservatives and liberals lived with a Court that neither side was fully happy with, but that both sides grudgingly agreed to accept - a Court that had a 5-4 conservative majority on economic issues and property rights, but a 5-4 liberal majority on social issues such as same-sex marriage and, of course, abortion rights. The court ruled the requirements placed an "undue burden" on the right to an abortion established by Roe.
Cuomo also backs a measure, known as the Reproductive Health Act, or RHA, which would codify the rights in the Roe v. Wade case into NY law. These Supreme Court decisions changed the game for women. Collins is a moderate Republican being watched closely for her vote on the president's Supreme Court nomination.
Collins, a moderate Republican and abortion rights supporter from ME, is seen as a swing vote in the confirmation of the next Supreme Court justice. And Sen. Collins has indicated she will oppose any nominee who she thinks will overturn Roe v. Wade. Sen.
President Donald Trump, who is poised to select the next justice, has vowed his choices for the court would "automatically" repeal the ruling.
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.
On Friday, at a rally in Wisconsin where she was joined by House Speaker Paul Ryan, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Leah Vukmir said Sen.
"Mark my words, they are moving to roll back Roe v. Wade, that is going to be the next move by this president", Cuomo said.
Thanks to the decision by retired Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to allow lower court judges and executive branch employees to win Senate confirmation by a simple majority - rather than a two-thirds majority - the next Supreme Court nominee will need only 51 Senate votes to be confirmed, rather than a two-thirds majority of 67 in the 100-member Senate. He rewarded them with the appointment of conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.