Abortion activists have labeled one of President Donald Trump’s possible nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court a “dangerous religious extremist” because of her conservative Catholic beliefs.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit is believed to be one of Trump’s top choices to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
A conservative and a woman, Barrett contradicts the deceptive narrative that Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups represent women’s best interests. Relatively young, she could serve as an important vote on the nation’s highest court for decades, if appointed.
But abortion activists already are sending a barrage of attacks against her.
The blog Progressive Secular Humanist blasted her in a post this week, writing:
Barrett, who once clerked for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is a dangerous Catholic extremist, and a vigorous opponent of a woman’s right to an abortion. She has written extensively on the need to dismantle Roe v. Wade.
People For The American Way reports on Barrett’s deep hostility to reproductive rights, noting:
– Barrett wrote in a law review article that abortion is “always immoral.”
– She served as a member of the “University Faculty for Life” organization at the University of Notre Dame.
– She signed a letter entitled “Unacceptable” opposing the Obama administration’s proposal to accommodate religious employers while carrying out the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.
– She has criticized Roe v. Wade, saying that the decision “essentially permitted abortion on demand,” and has implied that the landmark case was incorrectly decided.”
In 2017, abortion activists also lobbied heavily against Barrett’s appointment to the 7th Circuit court. Planned Parenthood’s lobbying was so deceptive that several liberal law professors blasted the abortion group for attacking her with false statements.
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Last week, Trump promised to choose a nominee from a list of 25 conservative leaders, most of whom already are judges on federal circuit courts and state supreme courts. Pro-life advocates and other conservatives have praised Trump for the possible Supreme Court nominees on his list. He chose conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch from the list in 2017.
Kennedy announced his retirement last week. As a result, Trump will have the opportunity to appoint a justice who could swing the court conservative and be a deciding vote in overturning Roe v. Wade.
Republicans narrowly hold the U.S. Senate, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said they will vote prior to the mid-term elections on Trump’s yet-to-be-named nominee.