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Graham on Roe v. Wade: Shouldn't Overturn Without 'Good Reason'

Graham on Roe v. Wade: Shouldn't Overturn Without 'Good Reason'
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R- SC (Steve Pope/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 01 July 2018 09:00 AM

Sen. Lindsey Graham says the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion should not be overturned “unless there’s a good reason.”

In an interview aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press", the South Carolina Republican said the decision has been reaffirmed "in many different ways" in subsequent rulings.

"You don’t overturn precedent unless there’s a good reason," Graham said.

"I would tell my pro-life friends: you can be pro-life and conservative, but you can also believe in ‘stare decisis,’” he said, using a legal term used to refer to precedent.

Graham’s stance in support of Roe v. Wade came just days after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he’d retire from the nation’s high court at the end of July, giving President Donald Trump his second opportunity to offer a nomination to the Supreme Court.

The Kennedy's retirement raises concerns about whether a new justice would allow a more conservative court to overturn a 1973 decision that decided state laws restricting or banning abortion violated a woman's constitutional right to privacy.

Trump has previously said he is committed to nominating justices to the Supreme Court who’d be willing to do just that.

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