Trump adds Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton to shortlist of potential SCOTUS picks; Cotton then tweets "It's time for Roe v. Wade to go"

by Laura Mize · Sep 10th, 2020 1:42 pm
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Last Updated Sep 12th, 2020 at 3:23 pm

President Trump released a list of additional potential nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, which included Republican Sens. Tom Cotton (AR) and Ted Cruz (TX).

Shortly after the White House released the list, Cotton wrote on social media that "It's time for Roe v. Wade to go."

Cotton is vocally pro-life and may be the fifth conservative vote required to overturn the 1972 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. In June, the court struck down a Louisiana law that required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facilities where they perform abortions. Many saw the ruling as dashing pro-lifers' hopes that the current makeup of the court, with two conservatives appointed by Trump, would rule in ways that protect the unborn.

In May, Cotton led an effort by Republican senators to prompt the Department of Justice to investigate Planned Parenthood's receipt of $80 million in coronavirus relief money meant to go to small businesses. The Arkansas senator has spoken out against abortion numerous times, including in February comments about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

"These are precious little children, made in the image of God and endowed by Him with the same worth and dignity as you and me and all of us," he said. "We have a duty to these little children. We have a duty not to look away from them."

Cotton also has an "A rating" from the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization. Both he and Cruz are attorneys. Cruz is also pro-life.


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