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Pro-life, pro-choice advocates anticipate new SCOTUS appointment

Pro-life and Pro-choice advocates express their hopes for President Trump's supreme court nomination.

Pro-life and pro-choice advocates held demonstrations across central Ohio Monday, just hours before President Trump was scheduled to announce his nomination for Supreme Court to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

"It kinda really makes you want them to go serious on the conservative side," said Mark Robinette, a local pastor and member of Greater Columbus Right to Life organization.

Robinette was one of the protestors who gathered at the corner of Karl and Schrock Road to push against a new abortion clinic, Your Choice Healthcare, LLC.

"this place is hurting women, it’s hurting children abortion is destroying our nation’s future," said Elizabeth Manring, spokesperson for Created Equal, an Ohio pro-life organization.

The Trump Administration has announced four contenders for the SCOTUS nomination.

Robinette says he hopes Trump's pick will reflect strict conservative views when it comes to abortion rights.

"No one is going to want any of them picked because they are terrified of Roe v Wade being overturned," he said.

Simultaneously, health care advocates held a press conference in support of women's choice.

"When it comes to the issue of abortion, it actually goes beyond party lines," said Jennifer Sconyers, vice chair of the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio. "At the end of the day, we want someone who actually isn't hyper-partisan, who actually can listen to the issues that are in front of them and be neutral. So, that's what we would want for our country."

Sconyers stood alongside women, a doctor and an environmentalist to discuss what's at stake should Roe v Wade be overturned in the future.

"We want abortions to be safe and legal because they will happen regardless," Sconyers said. "So for us, it’s really important that women can make choices that are best for them and their health and their bodies."

President Trump is expected to make his announcement at 9 p.m. on Monday.