WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - A recent Rasmussen poll shows that Americans want President Donald Trump to move quickly on his Supreme Court nominee.
The poll found that 51 percent of likely voters want Trump and the Senate to appoint Justice Anthony Kennedy's successor as soon as possible. Only 40 percent said the Senate should wait until January 2019, when newly elected senators will take office.
President Trump says he will announce his U. S. Supreme Court nominee on July 9, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says the Senate will vote on the nomination in the fall.
But Senate Democrats hope to postpone the Supreme Court nomination hearings until the new Senate convenes in 2019. The GOP currently has a very slight majority in the Senate, and Democrats are hoping they can overturn that majority in this year's elections.
Following the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, a Rasmussen poll at the time found that 51 percent wanted President Barack Obama to appoint a successor as soon as possible. Rasmussen also reported that 43 percent said the choice should be left to the next president.
The percentages from February 2016 are almost identical to Rasmussen's recent opinion poll.
Despite the opinions of many voters, there are many on the Left who want Senate Democrats to do everything in their power to block Trump's nominee, fearing that Kennedy's replacement will be a threat to Obamacare and to Roe v. Wade.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a July 2 opinion piece for The New York Times, "Perhaps the most consequential issues at stake in this Supreme Court vacancy are affordable health care and a woman's freedom to make the most sensitive medical decisions about her body."
Schumer's phrase about women's "sensitive medical decisions" is code word for abortion.
Regarding the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned, some on the Left are resorting to fearmongering to rally opposition to Trump's nominee, who will most likely come from a shortlist of 25 potential candidates.
A guest on MSNBC complained that there is already an "onslaught on women's access to abortion" at the state level in some states and that Trump's pro-life Supreme Court pick could take this to the federal level.
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said during a Monday press conference, "Every one of the nominees on that list has been screened to meet the litmus test that the president himself has articulated again and again and again, saying he will appoint only someone who will automatically overturn Roe v. Wade."
The press conference at which Blumenthal was speaking also featured a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood.
In spite of being the law of the land for nearly 50 years, scholars and legal experts widely agree that Roe v. Wade is a poorly reasoned opinion with little constitutional justification.