On key issues: Statements and rulings by Amy Coney Barrett

On key issues: Statements and rulings by Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett Public statements, writings and rulings by Amy Coney Barrett were scrutinized two years ago, when she was a finalist for a Supreme Court nomination, and will receive even more attention now that she’s the nominee in the aftermath of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. Barrett has been a law professor at the University of Notre Dame for nearly two decades and was confirmed as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 2017. Abortion rights: Barrett has written that Supreme Court precedents are not sacrosanct, which liberals have interpreted as a threat to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide. In a 2013 Texas Law Review article exploring when the Supreme Court should overturn past decisions, Barrett wrote that she agrees "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 clearly in conflict with it.” She also wrote that the public’s response to controversial cases like Roe v. Wade “reflects public rejection” of the idea that legal precedent “can declare a permanent victor in a divisive constitutional struggle.” A former member of Notre Dame’s “Faculty for Life,” Barrett, a devout Catholic, signed a 2015 letter to bishops that affirmed the “teachings of the Church as truth.” Among those teachings: the “value of human life from conception to natural death” and marriage-family values “founded on […]

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