One of the most vocal abortion rights groups in the fight against President Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee announced its first ad buy targeted at Republican Senator Susan Collins.
Collins is expected to be a key vote in the confirmation battle.
NARAL Pro-Choice America on Tuesday announced full-page print ads and “homepage takeovers” of four Maine newspapers and websites: the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel, Bangor Daily News and Lewiston Sun Journal. The ads begin on Wednesday.
The campaign will also include digital ads on Twitter and Google Search.
The print and online ads state: “Trump has been loud and clear in saying he’d pick Supreme Court Justices to end Roe v. Wade. We believe him. Don’t you, Senator Collins?”
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy last week said that he would retire, opening up a seat for the anti-abortion justice that Trump pledged to his supporters.
Until now Kennedy was the deciding vote on the bench ruling in favor of abortion rights for 30 years.
However, anti-abortion groups push for the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade within the next few years, hoping it will go through one of the abortion cases working its way through the federal courts now.
Meanwhile, Liberal groups are putting pressure on Senate Democrats to vote against Trump’s nominee.
“Donald Trump has been crystal clear. He has a litmus test for his Supreme Court nominee: end Roe v. Wade. He said it repeatedly during his campaign. We believe him. For the sake of women in Maine, and across the country, we hope Senator Collins does too,” NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement Tuesday.
“We know that Senator Collins has always said she would protect the fundamental right to privacy for women and families enshrined in Roe, and we know that now more than ever Mainers want her to stand strong,” Hogue said. “Donald Trump has been clear that his agenda is to gut Roe v. Wade, criminalizing abortion and punishing women.”