LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — In a live prime-time address on Tuesday, President Donald Trump told the nation his nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States is Judge Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals judge from Colorado.
President Trump said that he was keeping his word to those who voted for him in November in regard to his pick for the nation's high court.
"Millions of voters said this was the single most important issue to them when they voted for me for president," said President Trump. "I am a man of my word, I will do as I say."
Trump had promised a right-leaning justice, making his intentions clear during the third presidential debate between him and Hillary Clinton.
"The justices that I'm going to appoint will be pro-life, they will have a conservative bent," said Trump.
Tuesday's announcement confirmed the conservative notion for Karen Musick, founder of the Arkansas Abortion Support Network and a pro-choice advocate. Musick continually shook her head in dismay while watching Trump's speech, claiming her fears are close to becoming reality.
"I always look for hope where I can find it," said Musick. "But right now I'm not feeling a lot of hope."
Musick said Gorsuch had a hand in the famous Hobby Lobby case, where the courts decided companies like the religious arts and crafts store didn't have to provide their employees with birth control despite being provided that under the Affordable Care Act.
"We know how to reduce abortion rates; give women access to high quality birth control and educate them," said Musick. "He wants to take away that high-quality birth control."
While Justice Anthony Kennedy has previously taken a stance supporting the core of Roe v. Wade, Musick said she's concerned about Gorsuch's close ties to Kennedy and the possibility that Gorsuch could sway the swing vote on the Supreme Court in favor of reversing the decades-old abortion case.
It's the same notion that gives hope to groups like the Arkansas Family Council. Family Council President Jerry Cox said the group is, "very pleased with President Trump's nomination." While Cox said he's unsure how Gorsuch would rule on reversing Roe v. Wade, he understands Gorsuch is aligned with the pro-life movement.
Cox said he's hopeful that Judge Gorsuch, who has been labeled as an "originalist" when it comes to interpreting the Constitution, will at least send abortion law back to the states like it was before Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.
"If he can take us back there, then that will be a very happy day for all of us who are pro-life," said Cox.
At age 49, Trump's nominee if confirmed could carry-on a Trump legacy for decades to come.
Trump's nominee also gleaned applause from most of Arkansas's Washington delegation, in addition to Governor Asa Hutchinson.