"What people don't understand is that if you overturn Roe v. Wade, all that does is give the states the right to decide whether abortion is legal or illegal", Falwell told The Associated Press in an interview.
Kennedy was long thought to be the crucial swing vote on any legal challenge to Roe v. Wade, having already upheld the landmark decision in 1992.
Kennedy, 81, the court's now longest-serving member and second-oldest justice, announced on Wednesday that he is retiring, effective on July 31.
"I may have two of them come up, like the old days, to Bedminster", Trump said, referring to the staff and Cabinet interviews he held there in late 2016 during the presidential transition. At the invitation of Trump, their executive vice president of the organization, Leonard Leo, helped handpick the 25 Supreme Court candidates that Trump will be choosing from.
Kennedy's replacement could cast a deciding vote on limiting or ending the right to abortion. "And they are going to need cases that they can use to reverse those frightful decisions of the liberal majority in the past that have undermined the Constitution and really just abused our own personal rights".
"I do not apply ideological litmus tests to nominees, but I want to see integrity, intellect, a respect for precedent and adherence to the rule of law", moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins told Reuters news agency when asked about Roe v Wade.
Steven Law, president of the Senate Leadership Fund, a campaign group aligned with McConnell, said the group is running digital ads in 10 states that Trump won in 2016 where Democratic senators are now up for re-election. When it comes to the Supreme Court fight, that list is quickly culled to just three for one reason: they are the only Democrats who voted to confirm Gorsuch in 2017 - Indiana Sen. How about some more R29 goodness, right here? Earlier in the day Gorsuch, 49, was sworn in as the 113th Associate Justice in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court.
White House Counsel Don McGahn will be Trump's lead adviser on the pick, having successfully guided the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch through the selection and confirmation process previous year, White House sources said. Also attending were Republican Charles Grassley and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp.
"We have to pick one that's going to be there 40 years, 45 years", Trump said at a rally on Thursday. He said we are not final because we are infallible, we are infallible what we are final.
"I think sometimes we talk about Supreme Court too much in abstractions, about dignity and who is qualified and who is not".