What has Amy Coney Barrett said about abortion?
28th September 2020

JUDGE Amy Coney Barrett believes abortion is "always immoral."

The Supreme Court nominee has been hailed as conservative and many fear her confirmation will lead to the reversal of Roe v. Wade and the end of safe abortions for women. 

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What has Amy Coney Barrett said about abortion?

Judge Barrett has previously stated that abortion is “always immoral.”

She has turned down two abortion cases while on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Both times she favored restricting access to abortions. 

Barrett argued in favor of Indiana law in the Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Inc., case saying that Indiana law would have required doctors to notify the parents of a minor seeking an abortion.

She also joined dissenters in the case regarding Commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Inc. 

The judge supported a rehearing of two state laws: one that regulated the fetal remains from abortion procedures and another that would have banned abortions for reasons related to sex, race or disability, including life-threatening conditions.

“There is a difference between ‘I don’t want a child’ and ‘I want a child, but only a male,’ or ‘I want only children whose genes predict success in life,'” the dissenters argued. 

“Using abortion to promote eugenic goals is morally and prudentially debatable.”

Planned Parenthood’s president Alexis McGill Johnson believes that Barrett will put reproductive rights “at risk” if confirmed.

"Barrett's history of hostility toward reproductive health and rights, expanded health care access, and more demonstrate that she will put Justice Ginsburg's long record of ensuring that everyone receives equal justice under the law at risk," McGill Johnson said to CBS.

Was she a member of a pro-life group?

While Barrett was a professor at Notre Dame she was a member of the group University Faculty for Life.

The group was founded “to promote research, dialogue and publication by faculty who respect the value of human life from conception to natural death.”

Barrett is also a member of the People of Praise group.

To join the group, members swear a lifelong oath of loyalty, called a covenant, to one another, and are assigned and are accountable to a personal adviser, called a “head” for men and a “handmaid” or "women leader" for women, the New York Times reports.

What did Trump say about Judge Barrett?

Trump nominated Judge Barrett after the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18. 

The president regards Barrett as a woman with “a brilliant mind” saying: "Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation's most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court.

"If confirmed, Justice Barrett will make history as the first mother of school-age children ever to serve on the US Supreme Court."

Barrett’s confirmation has stirred debate within the Democrats, with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggesting that they “pack the courts” with liberals by increasing the number of justices to offset a conservative majority. 

Ocasio-Cortez also said Republicans were "violating" Ginsburg's dying wish that she should not be replaced until the next president is sworn in.

Trump claimed that he has an "obligation" to fill the seat "without delay" following the death of Justice Ginsburg.

Following Trump’s nomination of Barrett, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Trump’s decision.

"Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court,” said McConnell.

"A brilliant scholar. An exemplary judge. President Trump could not have made a better decision."

When does the Senate vote for the confirmation?

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold confirmation hearings for Judge Barrett, Trump's Supreme Court nominee, the week of October 12, according to sources familiar with the schedule.

The panel plans to start the hearing with opening statements on Monday October 12, and continue with two days of questioning.

The hearings are scheduled to end on Thursday, October 15 with statements from outside groups.

How many justices has Trump nominated?

President Trump has appointed two justices throughout his term in office.

He nominated two conservative males to the Supreme Court bench.

Neil Gorsuch was sworn in to the Supreme Court in April of 2017, succeeding Antonin Scalia who had passed away in 2016.

Brett Kavanaugh was appointed in 2018 to replace Anthony Kennedy.

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