WASHINGTON, D.C., October 27, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Former Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett is now officially an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, eliciting an expected wave of outrage from the political Left.
The Senate voted 52-48 Tuesday evening to confirm Barrett, President Donald Trump’s choice to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was sworn in hours later by Justice Clarence Thomas at a White House ceremony.
A Catholic mother of seven widely regarded as a pro-life originalist, Barrett was a member of Notre Dame’s Faculty for Life group, is reported to have signed a letter published by Becket Law criticizing the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, and signed a 2006 ad declaring “we … oppose abortion on demand and support the right to life from fertilization to natural death.” She has also written multiple articles critical of the stare decisis doctrine, which grants weight to past rulings’ status as precedent, regardless of whether they were rightly decided.
Barrett’s confirmation was met with outrage across the Left, starting with the Democrat lawmakers and candidates who opposed her.
“The rushed and unprecedented confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court, in the middle of an ongoing election, should be a stark reminder to every American that your vote matters,” former Vice President and current Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden said in a statement. “If you want to protect your health care, if you want your voice to be heard in Washington, if you want to say no, this abuse of power doesn’t represent you — then turn out and vote.”
His running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), said that the Senate “denied the will of the American people by confirming a Supreme Court justice through an illegitimate process.” In fact, support for confirming Barrett steadily rose to a majority over the past month, and Harris did not explain how doing so was “illegitimate.”
“Here at this late hour, at the end of this sordid chapter in the history of the Senate, the history of the Supreme Court, my deepest and greatest sadness is for the American people,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) declared Monday night from the Senate floor. “Generations yet unborn,” the pro-abortion politician said, “will suffer the consequences of this nomination.”
PETITION UPDATE (9/26/2020):
With President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we are closer than we have been in decades to seeing Roe vs. Wade overturned.
We now encourage the Senate to confirm Barrett as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Judge Barrett has a fantastic track recond on sanctity of life issues, has seven children, and is a devout believer. She is the perfect remedy for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's radical pro-abortionism.
Please READ the full story here: 'BREAKING: Trump nominates Catholic mom of 7 Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court'
And then, please SIGN this petition telling the High Court that it's now time to end the activist Roe vs. Wade judgment. Thank you!
PETITION UPDATE (6/29/2020):
In a decision which has imperiled more abortion-minded women, sentenced more preborn to death, and upset pro-lifers across the nation,the United States Supreme Court decided 5-4 to strike down a Louisiana law requiring basic medical precautions in the event of abortion complications, with Chief Justice John Roberts reversing his own past decision to uphold a similar Texas law.
Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion, which held that the Louisiana law was unconstitutional for the simple fact that it was “almost word-for-word identical” to the Texas one the court already struck down in 2016.
In his concurring opinion, Chief Justice Roberts acknowledged that he had “joined the dissent in Whole Woman’s Health and continue to believe that the case was wrongly decided. The question today however is not whether Whole Woman’s Health was right or wrong, but whether to adhere to it in deciding the present case.”
We call on the Supreme Court to stop supporting the culture of death and overturn Roe vs Wade, now.
PETITION UPDATE (1/20/2020):
Hundreds of thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C., this coming Friday, January 24th, for the March for Life. They will be praying for an end to Roe vs Wade, as the Supreme Court will hear a crucial, abortion-related case later this year in March. United our voices can change the course of history. Sign this petition TODAY! (LEARN MORE BELOW)
PETITION UPDATE (1/3/2020):
In advance of the Supreme Court's hearing arguments in an important abortion case later this year in March, 207 U.S. Senators and Representatives have signed amicus briefs supporting a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital nearby an abortion center.
Some of these supporting briefs also suggest that now is the time to reconsider Roe vs Wade as sound law.
Please SIGN this petition, calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Roe vs Wade.
More than 60 million Americans have been slaughtered in their mother's wombs as a result of Roe v. Wade. This activist, unconstitutional ruling in 1973 has left countless women emotionally and psychologically scarred.
It was believed by many that Roe would be overturned in 1992 with Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Despite having eight Republican-appointed judges at the time, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold it.
Since then, major gains have been made in the fight for life, and many lives have been saved.
However, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land, leaving millions of defenseless pre-born children vulnerable to murder.
According to a 2016 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35% of aborted babies are African American, despite black women only making up six percent of the U.S. population. 19% of aborted babies are Hispanic.
We thus again call on the court to do everything they can to end Roe vs Wade.
Now is the time for pro-lifers to join together and ensure that all of God's children have a right to life.
Roe v. Wade must come to an end!
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Several Democratic senators took to Twitter to voice their opinions:
Future generations will look to this moment in history with clarity and see what millions of Americans see right now: an illegitimate nominee rushed through an illegitimate process with dire consequences.
We faced defeat today, but we will not be defeated—we will never give up.
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) October 27, 2020
I am frustrated, and frankly, very angry. It did not have to be this way. By rushing to confirm this Supreme Court nominee, Senate Republicans openly and unapologetically defied the will of the American people—all to further their extreme, conservative agenda.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) October 27, 2020
It is a sad day for the Senate and for the Court. My Republican colleagues put the rule of ‘because we can’ over the traditions and precedents of the Senate, the principles we hold dear as an institution, and the integrity of the federal judiciary.
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) October 27, 2020
The abortion lobby was similarly outraged, with National Abortion Federation president Katherine Ragsdale declaring that Barrett “holds extreme anti-choice views” and that her confirmation was an “infuriating” “sham.” NARAL president Ilyse Hogue called it a “shameful attack on our democracy” for which “we will see every single Republican who has played a role in this charade at the ballot box.”
Planned Parenthood Action Fund and its acting president Alexis McGill Johnson had a similar reaction:
This phony confirmation process is over but this election is not. We deserve leaders who respect our wishes and who champion our health and rights.
And we’re going to make absolutely sure these senators and Donald Trump know that.#WeDecide2020
— Alexis McGill Johnson (@alexismcgill) October 27, 2020
BREAKING: McConnell & Senate Republicans just confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, putting our repro rights and health care at risk — while people across the nation are left to fend for themselves with an expected COVID surge without any relief. What a disgrace.
— Planned Parenthood Action – Text VOTE to 22422 (@PPact) October 27, 2020
Various news personalities, celebrities, activists, and other figures also piled on, with many settling on the narrative that Barrett somehow acted improperly by participating in the White House ceremony (despite it being a common tradition for new justices of both parties):
The first thing Justice Barrett did was to participate in a campaign event at the White House for the president, eight days before an election that he has explicitly said he expects will turn on her vote.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 27, 2020
1. I'm disappointed Justice Barrett didn't (politely!) decline a WH swearing-in.
2. I'm confident CJ Roberts isn't happy about this.
3. The Court has a pretty sure instinct for self-preservation. This could strengthen a sense they should from now on stay out of the 2020 election. pic.twitter.com/VSnLrOasSt
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 27, 2020
Revolting. Disgraceful. Unconscionable.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 27, 2020
We deserve so much better than old white men deciding everything all the time for all of us since the beginning of America.
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) October 27, 2020
Conservatives and pro-lifers, naturally, have been much happier about Barrett’s confirmation, praising Trump for his selection and Senate Republicans for seeing her through the process.
Although it remains to be seen how some of the current Republican-appointed justices would rule on major issues such as Roe v. Wade, Barrett is widely recognized as a significant rightward shift for the Supreme Court, which conservatives hope will mitigate the damage to their causes should Trump lose to Biden next week.
At the same time, many on the Left have called for Biden to cancel out Barrett if he wins by “packing” the Supreme Court, or adding judges beyond its current nine members to create a new, left-wing majority.
In fact, far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez advocated for just that in response to Barrett being sworn in last night:
Expand the court.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 27, 2020
Biden has repeatedly refused to explicitly say whether he would answer such calls, but has said he wants to institute a “bipartisan commission of scholars” to brainstorm and propose unspecified “reforms” to the federal judiciary.