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Barrett, Amy Coney
Barrett, Amy Coney

Barrett, Amy Coney

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(born January 28, 1972, age 50) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and former Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, having been appointed by President Donald Trump to the position. She was nominated by President Trump on September 26, 2020, to replace the seat vacated by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on the U.S. Supreme Court. After intense, irrational liberal opposition to her confirmation for the Seventh Circuit, which included Dem Senator Dianne Feinstein questioning her religious beliefs,[1] the U.S. Senate voted 55–43 to confirm Barrett on October 31, 2017,[2] with Joe Donnelly, Tim Kaine, and Joe Manchin being the only Democrats who voted for her.

Susan B. Anthony List described Judge Barrett’s confirmation as a pro-life victory:

“Judge Amy Barrett’s confirmation is a victory for the pro-life movement as well as for the fundamental freedom of all Americans to live out their faith in the public square,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “In spite of her exemplary qualifications, Judge Barrett was subject to outrageous personal attacks for her Catholic faith from pro-abortion Senators during her confirmation hearing. Those attacks have no place in America, let alone Congress, in the 21st century.”[3]

Axios reported a “scoop” that President Trump is “saving” Judge Barrett to be Ginsburg’s replacement.[4] As he was deliberating last year over replacing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Trump told confidants he had big plans for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

“I’m saving her for Ginsburg,” Trump said of Barrett, according to three sources familiar with the president’s private comments. Trump used that exact line with a number of people, including in a private conversation with an adviser two days before announcing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. On September 25, 2020, reports circulated that the President had decided to nominate Barrett to replace Ginsburg, confirmed by Trump at a press conference the following day.[5]

Barrett is a favorite among conservative activists, many of whom wanted her to take Kennedy’s spot.”[6]

Judge Barrett has written that stare decisis or judicial precedent is not absolutely binding and can be overturned for solid reasons: “I tend to agree with those who say that a justice’s duty is to the Constitution and that it is thus more legitimate for her to enforce her best understanding of the Constitution rather than a precedent she thinks is clearly in conflict with it.” [7]

Pro-lifers have praised Barrett as a role model for young women.[8] She has also faced unsurprising opposition from pornographic film “stars”.[9]

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