Today, President Donald Trump announced his pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Amy Coney Barrett has been a leading choice for Trump and met with the president at the White House on Monday, the only potential nominee to do so, according to CNN.
Barrett currently sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. When she was nominated for that court in 2017, Planned Parenthood submitted a formal letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing her nomination and calling her “dangerous to the health care of people across the country.”
“Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most gifted and brilliant legal minds to the Supreme court,” said Trump. “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials, and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.”
Barrett has a brief but consistent record in support of life. In 2016, Barrett voted in favor of rehearing a 2016 case regarding an Indiana law that required aborted babies to be buried or cremated after some judges determined the law to be unconstitutional. The case was later heard by the Supreme Court, which upheld the law. Ginsburg was the sole justice to write a dissent to that ruling.
Barrett also voted to rehear a case regarding a law that would have banned abortions because of the baby’s sex, race, or disability, a law of which she was in favor. In 2017, in the case of Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., Barrett joined dissenters in support of the Indiana law requiring doctors to notify the parents of minors seeking abortions.
“The president has nominated me to serve on the United States Supreme Court and that institution belongs to all of us. If confirmed, I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle, and certainly not for my own sake,” said Barrett. “I would assume this role to serve you. I would discharge the judicial oath, which requires me to administer justice without respect to persons, do equal right to the poor and rich, and faithfully and impartially discharge my duties under the United States Consitution.”
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Posted by The White House on Saturday, September 26, 2020
Live Action Founder and President Lila Rose released a statement regarding Barrett’s nomination, saying, “The Justices who have made history were those who had the courage to buck the status quo by defending the constitutional protections of the vulnerable and oppressed. We support the nomination and swift confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.”
“The incoming Justice has the opportunity to be part of America’s course-correction on abortion, helping to repair the damage done by RGB and her ideological counterparts,” continued Rose. “We are confident Amy will lend her legal qualifications to the work of justice — on Roe v. Wade and beyond.”
As previously reported by Live Action News, Barrett graduated magna cum laude from Rhodes College and earned her law degree from Notre Dame where she graduated summa cum laude. After graduation, she served twice as a law clerk, first for Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and second with the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. She practiced law with a private firm before moving to the academic world as a law and economics fellow at George Washington University and later at Notre Dame where she was named professor of law in 2010. In 2014, she became the Diane and M.O. Research Chair of Law and was named “distinguished professor of the year” three times.
“Judge Barrett is a brilliant legal thinker and will be an excellent Supreme Court Justice,” said U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) in a statement. “Despite her unsurpassed character, reputation, and intellect, this confirmation process will be nasty. Why? Because too many on the left (and sadly some on the right as well) want judges who will substitute their own will for the law. Judge Barrett is not that kind of judge. She believes her duty isn’t to arbitrarily slop applesauce on the stone tablets and declare new laws — her duty is to cloak her personal views under a black robe and to faithfully uphold the Constitution. That makes her a problem to rabid partisans, and an ally to the rule of law.”
In addition to a successful career, Barrett is a Catholic, married mother of seven children, one of whom has Down syndrome and two who are adopted from Haiti. If confirmed, she will be the first mother of school-aged children to serve on the Supreme Court.
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