WASHINGTON, D.C., October 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Democrats will continue to attack Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett over Obamacare and abortion during tomorrow’s questioning of outside witnesses, including a young woman who as a teenager “fought for her right” to have an abortion.
With their choice of four outside witnesses, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee seem to follow the line of questioning employed during yesterday’s and today’s confirmation hearings, which involved only Barrett. Tomorrow, the committee will hear from several outside witnesses, four of which were named by the Democrats.
Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced earlier today that senators may question Crystal Good, who “fought for her right to obtain an abortion at age 16. Crystal will speak about the importance of reproductive rights and justice.”
The phrase “reproductive rights and justice” is a euphemism for abortion and contraception.
Two witnesses will be speaking about the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
One of them is Stacy Staggs, “a mother of 7-year old twins. Stacy’s twins have multiple pre-existing conditions due to their premature birth and rely on the Affordable Care Act’s protections.”
“Stacy works with Little Lobbyists, a nonprofit started by families with children who have complex medical needs,” Feinstein’s press release stated. “Stacy will discuss the devastating effects on her family if the Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act.”
The other, Dr. Farhan Bhatti, is “a family physician and CEO of Care Free Medical, a nonprofit clinic. Dr. Bhatti will discuss the harm to his patients if the Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act.”
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PETITION UPDATE (10/26//2020)
In a resounding victory for supporters of life, family and freedom, the U.S. Senate has just confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States!
Justice Barrett was sworn-in by Justice Clarence Thomas and will swiftly fill the vacant seat and immediately begin participating in Supreme Court hearings.
The petitions signed by many of you - there are now over 40,000 signatures - supporting Judge Amy Coney Barrett were sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as to the Officers of the USCCB.
Thank you for signing these petitions. As you can see, your signature really does make a difference!
We also know that many of you also made calls to your U.S. senators to encourage them to vote for Judge Barrett. Thank you!
PETITION UPDATE (10/22/2020)
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee just voted to advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, leaving only one hurdle to go next week.
Every Republican on the committee voted for Barrett, President Donald Trump’s selection to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, while every committee Democrat boycotted the vote, CNBC reports.
Please READ the latest LifeSite article about the Senate Committee's vote here.
As you read above, Judge Barrett has one more hurdle next Monday. Of course, it's the BIGGEST hurdle.
So, if you haven't already, could we ask you to please call your U.S. senators to politely voice your support for Judge Barrett?
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Let's keep working and praying so that we can see a pro-life judge sit on the Supreme Court.
PETITION UPDATE (10/15/20)
The fourth day of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearing for the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court is going on now.
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Conservatives and Christians asked President Trump to deliver a proven constitutional originalist with a solid pro-life background, and he did.
Now, let's not be outdone by Leftist organizations which will be mobilizing their forces to write, call and visit their senators' constituency offices.
Please SIGN this urgent petition - to Senate Leadership - asking them to quickly confirm Barrett as the next Supreme Court justice.
Then, please take a couple of minutes to CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS using their numbers below, and politely urge them to confirm Barrett.
When Amy Coney Barrett's senate confirmation hearing begins on Monday, October 12th, the mother of seven and devout Catholic is expected to face fierce opposition.
Of course, the anticipated attacks have nothing to do with Barrett's legal credentials, which are uniformly top-notch.
Instead, they have to do with her faith in Jesus and with her belief that life begins at conception.
This is nothing short of anti-Christian bigotry which cannot be tolerated.
The fact is, Amy Coney Barrett is the best candidate for the job, and she urgently needs our support.
By signing the petition, we can unite to powerfully speak with one voice. But, by calling your senators, you can ensure that they know their local constituents are concerned and interested enough to telephone their offices.
This is our time to get active! We must voice our support for Amy Coney Barrett at this crucial moment in our nation's history.
Please SIGN this petition, and then please use the contact details below to CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS right-away! Thank you!
U.S. SENATORS' CONTACT DETAILS:
SENATORS AND PHONE NUMBERS - https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact
Doug Jones – (202) 224-4124
Richard C. Shelby – (202) 224-5744
Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665
Dan Sullivan – (202) 224-3004
Martha McSally – (202) 224-2235
Kyrsten Sinema – (202) 224-4521
John Boozman – (202) 224-4843
Tom Cotton – (202) 224-2353
Dianne Feinstein – (202) 224-3841
Kamala D. Harris – (202) 224-3553
Michael F. Bennett – (202) 224-5852
Cory Gardner – (202) 224-5941
Richard Blumenthal – (202) 224-2823
Christopher Murphy – (202) 224-4041
Thomas R. Carper – (202) 224-2441
Christopher A. Coons – (202) 224-5042
Marco Rubio – (202) 224-3041
Rick Scott – (202) 224-5274
Kelly Loeffler – (202) 224-3643
David Perdue – (202) 224-3521
Mazie K. Hirono – (202) 224-6361
Brian Schatz – (202) 224-3934
Mike Crapo – (202) 224-6142
James E. Risch – (202) 224-2752
Dick Durbin – (202) 224-2152
Tammy Duckworth – (202) 224-2854
Mike Braun – (202) 224-4814
Todd Young – (202) 224-5623
Joni Ernst – (202) 224-3254
Chuck Grassley – (202) 224-3774
Jerry Moran – (202) 224-6521
Pat Roberts – (202) 224-4744
Mitch McConnell – (202) 224-2541
Rand Paul – (202) 224-4343
Bill Cassidy – (202) 224-5824
John Kennedy – (202) 224-4623
Susan M. Collins – (202) 224-2523
Angus S. King – (202) 224-5344
Benjamin L. Cardin – (202) 224-4524
Chris Van Hollen – (202) 224-4654
Edward J. Markey – (202) 224-2742
Elizabeth Warren – (202) 224-4543
Gary C. Peters – (202) 224-6221
Debbie Stabenow – (202) 224-4822
Amy Klobuchar – (202) 224-3244
Tina Smith – (202) 224-5641
Cindy Hyde-Smith – (202) 224-5054
Roger F. Wicker – (202) 224-6253
Roy Blunt – (202) 224-5721
Josh Hawley – (202) 224-6154
Steve Daines – (202) 224-2651
Jon Tester – (202) 224-2644
Deb Fischer – (202) 224-6551
Ben Sasse – (202) 224-4224
Catherine Cortez Masto – (202) 224-3542
Jacky Rosen – (202) 224-6244
Margaret Wood Hassan – (202) 224-3324
Jeanne Shaheen – (202) 224-2841
Cory A. Booker – (202) 224-3224
Robert Menendez – (202) 224-4744
Martin Heinrich – (202) 224-5521
Tom Udall – (202) 224-6621
Kirsten E. Gillibrand – (202) 224-4451
Charles E. Schumer – (202) 224-6542
Richard Burr – (202) 224-3154
Thom Tillis – (202) 224-6342
Kevin Cramer – (202) 224-2043
John Hoeven – (202) 224-2551
Sherrod Brown – (202) 224-2315
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James M. Inhofe – (202) 224-4721
James Lankford – (202) 224-5754
Jeff Merkley – (202) 224-3753
Ron Wyden – (202) 224-5244
Robert P. Casey, Jr. – (202) 224-6324
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Ron Johnson – (202) 224-5323
John Barrasso – (202) 224-6441
Michael B. Enzi – (202) 224-3424
Finally, Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, “will speak about the importance of voting rights and other civil rights protected by the Constitution and federal law.”
Like abortion and Obamacare, the issue of voting has come up frequently during the hearings.
Republicans also announced a number of outside witnesses.
One of them is former federal judge Thomas B. Griffith, who on Monday wrote about his conviction that Barrett’s Catholic faith would not influence her decisions as a Supreme Court justice. Griffith said in his article for Bloomberg that he sees “no reason to think” Barrett would impose her faith on others via her rulings.
“It takes no guesswork to determine whether Barrett will approach her work in this way,” Griffith, himself a Mormon, argued. “She has already said that she will. In her 2017 confirmation hearings, she said (under oath!) that a judge should ‘never’ impose her ‘personal convictions, whether they derive from faith or anywhere else, on the law.’ She said so again in a 2019 speech to Hillsdale College: ‘A judge is obligated to apply the law as it is, and not as she wishes it would be.’”
“And she said so again in a 2019 speech at Princeton University: ‘A judge’s view about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act should not turn on whether he or she thinks the act is good or bad policy.’”
Saikrishna Prakash, a law professor at the University of Virginia, will testify, as well. On the day after Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Prakash explained the nominee “approaches stare decisis from a practical perspective” in her academic writing.
The legal term stare decisis refers to judges granting weight to past rulings’ status as precedent, regardless of whether they were rightly decided. Some judges put more weight on it than others, with Justice Clarence Thomas being most critical of the concept.
The question of stare decisis is especially relevant with regard to potentially overturning the legalization of abortion in the 1973 landmark case Roe v. Wade.
Barrett “doesn’t ever say that the courts should be overturning a bunch of precedents,” Prakash told Bloomberg. “She disagrees with those who want to revolutionize case law.”
As a professor, and then a judge, Barrett was instrumental in forming young minds. Two of her students and clerks will be testifying at tomorrow’s hearing.
Amanda Rauh-Bieri clerked for Barrett on the Seventh Circuit, and Laura Wolk, who was the first blind woman to clerk at the Supreme Court, is one of Barrett’s former students at the University of Notre Dame.
While all these witnesses will be part of the same panel, a separate panel will feature comments from two representatives of the American Bar Association (ABA), the most prominent and influential association of lawyers in this country.
In a letter dated October 11, the ABA wrote that a “substantial majority of the Standing Committee determined that Judge Barrett is ‘Well Qualified,’ and a minority is of the opinion that she is ‘Qualified’ to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. The majority rating represents the Standing Committee’s official rating.”