An attorney involved in the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling does not think President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star defaced Report: Senate's Russia probe understaffed Trump won't comment on Le Pen's advancement in French election MORE will walk back abortion rights.
“Trump has been somebody that’s had different positions on this issue at different times,” Dr. Sarah Weddington said in an interview with TMZ published Thursday.
Weddington admitted the current makeup of the Supreme Court raises the possibility of an abortion-rights rollback, however.
“Right now we’ve got about five judges on the Supreme Court that I would say favor Roe v. Wade,” she said.
“If [Trump] got one more on there that was against, that might not be quite enough to overturn Roe,” Weddington continued. "But certainly, if he got two, it probably would be.
“First, you’ve got the vacancy that exists now. And then you’ve got several of the judges who are of an age, in their 70s and almost 80s, where it’s logical to think that sometime in this four-year period, someone might pass on.”
Weddington added that abortion-rights supporters should feel more concern about Vice President-elect Mike PenceMike (Michael) Richard PenceN. Korea warns it could sink US carrier ‘with a single strike’: report Pence visits kangaroos at Sydney zoo on last leg of Asia-Pacific trip Long lines at North Korea gas stations prompt questions over potential fuel shortage MORE than Trump.
“I tend to worry more about Pence,” she said of Indiana’s GOP governor. "He’s been absolutely against Roe v. Wade as long as I can remember. I think in some ways he’ll be the key person on legislation for Trump.”
Trump has repeatedly vowed he would appoint more conservative Supreme Court justices, raising the possibility of legally reexamining abortion rights.
The Republican suggested on Sunday that his picks for the nation’s highest court may result in women having to leave their home states for abortions.
“The judges will be pro-life,” Trump said on CBS News’s “60 Minutes." "But having to do with abortion — if it were ever overturned — it would go back to the states.”
“Yeah, but then some women won’t be able to get an abortion,” CBS News anchor Leslie Stahl said of that scenario.
“Yeah, well, maybe they’ll have to go — they’ll have to go to another state,” Trump responded.