(NBC News) Abortion rights are taking center stage in President Trump's search for a Supreme Court nominee.
The president has said he'll announce his pick on Monday. Among those said to be on his short list are four appeals court judges.
Supporters and critics alike asking whether one might help overturn Roe v. Wade.
"This is a list of candidates approved by the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation, and it goes without saying that most of them will have a strong anti-Roe lean," says former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance.
Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, and a new NBC News/Surveymonkey poll shows 61 percent of Americans believe it should be upheld.
The White House is avoiding addressing the polarizing issue directly.
"He's looking for somebody with tremendous intellect, he'd like somebody with the right judicial temperament, and want somebody who's going to be focused on upholding the Constitution," says White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
One of the Supreme Court front-runners, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, was grilled about possible religious bias last year during her confirmation hearing.
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