Blumenthal presses Barrett on anti-abortion ads, gun case

Blumenthal presses Barrett on anti-abortion ads, gun case

Washington — Sen. Richard Blumenthal spent most of his allotted half hour Tuesday questioning Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett about her support for an organization that says life begins at fertilization and on her controversial dissent in a gun case. In 2006, while working as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, Barrett was one of hundreds of people, including her husband Jesse, who signed a full-page letter used in an advertisement sponsored by St. Joseph County Right to Life, an extreme anti-choice group located in the city of South Bend, Ind. The advertisement, which appeared in the South Bend Tribune, said: “We…oppose abortion on demand and defend the right to life from fertilization to natural death. Please continue to pray to end abortion.” Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, questioned Barrett about her support of the right-to-life group, which has opposed abortion even in cases of sexual assault or when the pregnant woman’s life is in danger. The group also opposes implantation or discarding of embryos, having implications for in vitro fertilization, which usually involves the creation of multiple embryos. It said it supports making the discarding of frozen embryos used in the in vitro process a crime. As she had for hours during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing, Barrett deflected the questions. “The statements I signed from St. Joseph’s County Right to Life did not say anything about rape, incest or any of those things,” Barrett said. “It simply validated the teaching […]

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