In the eyes of the abortion industry, few potential nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court look worse than Amy Coney Barrett. If President Donald Trump gets another chance to select someone for the nation’s highest court, there’s probably no potential nominee who excites pro-life conservatives more. But abortion activists abhor Barrett.
A conservative and a woman, Barrett contradicts the deceptive narrative that Planned Parenthood represents women’s best interests. She currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Relatively young, she could serve as an important vote on the nation’s highest court for decades, if appointed.
She previously worked as a professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School and a law clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a celebrated conservative. She also is a devout Catholic – a point that abortion activists have been using to attack her credibility.
Her voice would be a welcome change to the three liberal, pro-abortion female justices on the court. And if the Supreme Court ever overturns Roe v. Wade and restores legal protection for women and unborn children, it would be easier from a public relations standpoint to do so with a conservative woman in the majority rather than with only male justices.
Trump placed Barrett on his list of 25 conservative leaders, most of whom already are judges on federal circuit courts and state supreme courts. So he’s already placed the respected judge on his short list of potential SCOTUS nominees. 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 and Justice Brett Kavanugh from the list last year.
In 2017, abortion activists 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.
Planned Parenthood complained that Barrett has been a vocal opponent of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed abortion on demand up until birth. And if the Supreme Court is ever to overturn Roe, some pro-life legal scholars believe a decision written by a woman like Judge Barrett would be better received than one written by a man.
Ironically, the abortion chain also claims America needs more women in high-level positions, while attacking conservative women like Barrett and Wendy Vitter, another judicial nominee chosen by Trump.
In September 2017, pro-abortion politicians barraged Barrett with hostile questions about her faith during the Senate confirmation hearing.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, interrogated Barrett over her use of the term “orthodox Catholics” in an article she wrote previously.
“Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” Durbin asked.
“If you’re asking whether I take my faith seriously and I’m a faithful Catholic, I am,” she told the senator. “Although I would stress that my personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear on the discharge of my duties as a judge.”
At another point, Barrett added: “Were I confirmed as a judge, I would decide cases according to the rule of law beginning to end. In the rare circumstance that might ever arise, I can’t imagine one sitting here now, where I felt some contentious objection to the law, I would recuse. I would never impose my own personal convictions upon the law.”
When Barrett was confirmed in October 2017, the Catholic Association’s Legal Advisor Andrea Picciotti-Bayer told LifeNews: “Amy Coney Barrett’s qualifications for the federal judiciary are undisputed, but abortion industry advocates continue their smear campaign by attacking Barrett’s Catholic faith. The full Senate rejected their attempt to hang a ‘Catholics need not apply’ sign outside the Senate chamber when it considers candidates to the judiciary. We applaud the Senate’s rejection of anti-Catholic bigotry and confirmation of Amy Barrett’s nomination to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.”
The abortion chain Planned Parenthood is trying to cling to its judicial lifeline by opposing conservative judges. Without it, the abortion industry could suffer huge losses – and unborn babies and moms could win huge victories for their protection and lives.