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The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a terrible loss for her family, her friends, and her country. Her likely replacement threatens to compound the loss by reversing her judicial legacy, especially her ardent defense of sexual and reproductive rights.
On Saturday, Trump is expected to announce his choice for the bench, stipulating that it will be a woman. Amy Coney Barrett, criticized for her dangerously antiquated views on reproductive issues, is widely believed to be the frontrunner. With ghoulish irony, Trump reportedly told his inner circle, "I'm saving her for Ginsburg."
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Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor, drew clear comparisons between her legal philosophy and Scalia's, saying "his judicial philosophy is mine too."Barrett paid homage to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who led the conservative wing of the high court before his death in 2016, describing him as her mentor.
It's a particular insult to women, as well as to Justice Ginsberg's memory, for Trump to propose such a candidate to replace her and claim he's doing it to advance women's equality. If he succeeds in appointing such a staunch opponent of reproductive rights to the Court, he'll advance his own agenda of turning women's rights back 50 years. Appointing Barrett could well result in the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and the assault on sexual and reproductive rights will not stop there.
When Trump released a list of 20 new additions to his original list of candidates for the Supreme Court, the litmus test was once again opposition to abortion and hostility towards women's reproductive health and rights. That's why Senators Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz found their names on it. Cotton stated he was "honored" by the announcement and Cruz said he was "grateful for the president's confidence in [him] and for [Trump's] leadership in nominating principled constitutionalists to the federal bench."
Bio highlights of Amy Coney Barrett, Trump's high court pick
WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s a bio box on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Amy Coney Barrett, age 48 - A judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominated by President Donald Trump in 2017 and considered once before by Trump for a high court seat; her three-year judicial record shows a clear and consistent conservative bent. - A graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and Rhodes College who has taught law at Notre Dame, worked for a Washington law firm and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.- A devout Catholic mother of seven and Louisiana native born in 1972, she would be the youngest justice on the current court if confirmed.
But it is Barrett who appears to have the inside track. After she paid the White House a couple of visits this week, Trump reportedly said that she "will be well received by his people, " by which he means his anti-choice base.
Barrett is one of the few women President Trump has appointed to a federal judgeship, and she is dedicated to advancing the anti-choice agenda. There is virtually no doubt, legal experts say, that she will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, which she has condemned as an "erroneous decision." She also signed a statement claiming the ACA's birth control benefit was "an assault on religious liberty." Several women's rights groups vehemently opposed her nomination to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. And LGTBQ+ rights advocates warned that Barrett's religious views on marriage could come into conflict with the constitutional right to marriage equality.
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Democrats objected to both process and the views of Trump's Supreme Court pick, with one senator saying he won't meet with her.One Democratic senator — Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal, who is a member of the Judiciary Committee — said he would not meet with Barrett, as is customary for members of the committee, in protest of Trump’s decision to rush ahead with the nomination so close to an election.
Justice Ginsburg knew better than anyone what was at stake. Days before her death, she told her granddaughter, "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed." But Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also have a fervent wish: to repeal and replace Justice Ginsburg's judicial legacy.
In what will go down as one of the most breathtakingly hypocritical moves in modern political history, without even pausing to pay respect to the late Justice, McConnell declared that Trump's nominee to fill Justice Ginsberg's seat will receive a full Senate vote this year. In 2016 when President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court bench nine months before the election, McConnell refused to even hold a hearing. What McConnell really cares about is not fulfilling the Senate's duty to advise and consent on judicial nominees; it's stacking the federal courts with conservative jurists however he can, especially when it comes to filling vacancies on the Supreme Court.
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Trump's attacks on reproductive rights and health have been many and varied, but packing the Supreme Court with anti-choice Justices will be his most far-reaching tactic by far. His first two appointments to the Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, are already rolling back the clock on reproductive health and rights. This summer, they voted with the minority to let stand a state abortion restriction that would likely have forced the closure of the last abortion clinic in Louisiana. They also voted with the majority to allow employers to opt out of providing birth control coverage for their employees by claiming a moral or a religious objection. But if putting Gorsuch and Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court has been detrimental to sexual and reproductive health and rights, adding a third Trump appointee to the Court such as Amy Coney Barrett could be catastrophic.
Our hearts are breaking. Even as we mourn the loss of a champion who fought tirelessly for equality, social justice, and sexual and reproductive rights, we'll have to face the affront to her life's work that appointing a woman like Barrett as her replacement represents. Now she's gone, we must carry on Justice Ginsberg's fight ourselves. May she rest in peace, and may we not rest until we have secured her legacy.
Bridget Kelly is research director of the Population Institute, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. that supports reproductive health and rights.
The views expressed in this article are the author's own.
Republicans push Barrett confirmation as Democrats criticize timing .
Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday. Overwhelmingly, Republicans called Amy Coney Barrett a well-qualified candidate and pushed for a confirmation in the upcoming weeks. Democrats continued to criticize the timing, with some outright saying they wouldn't meet with the nominee.