During his 2016 campaign, Donald Trump reminded supporters the next president would determine the ideological direction of the Supreme Court — and the nation — for a generation.
Donald Trump: "The justices that I'm going to appoint will be pro-life; they will have a conservative bent."
This proved to be a key driver of voter turnout in the election.
According to exit polls, 70 percent of U.S. voters said the Supreme Court was a major factor in their vote, with one in five indicating it was the deciding factor.
Trump's election has been crucial to the pro-life movement.
Since winning the White House, the president has nominated an unprecedented number of conservatives to the federal bench and succeeded in appointing pro-life judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Last week, Gorsuch played a pivotal role in striking down a 2015 California law forcing crisis pregnancy centers to advertise abortion.
Now, with Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing his retirement, Washington is bracing for the mother of all battles for control of the High Court.
If Trump succeeds in pushing through another pro-life justice, it could mean the end of Roe v. Wade and a rollback of America's abortion regime.
The coming fight is reaffirming the importance of the ballot box and underscoring the critical nature of voter turnout in November.