Federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett today accepted the nomination from President Donald Trump to serve on the Supreme Court. During her acceptance speech, she promised she would uphold the rule of law and spoke highly of the value of her family.
“I love the United States and I love the Constitution of the United States,” she exclaimed.
“The president has nominated me to serve on the United States Supreme Court. And that institution belongs to all of us. If confirmed, I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle and certainly not for my own sake. I would assume this role to serve you,” Barrett said.
In words that will be comforting to pro-life Americans upset by the Supreme Court making pro-abortion law from the bench in Roe v. Wade, Judge Barrett added: “A judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policy makers and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold.”
“If the Senate does me the honor of confirming me, I pledge to discharge the responsibilities of this job to the best of my ability. I love the U.S. and I love the U.S. Constitution. I am truly humbled by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court,” she said.
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“A judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policy makers and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold.” pic.twitter.com/06Fhoj09OF
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 26, 2020
In a humorous moment, Judge Barrett talked about her family and children.
“Our children are my greatest joy, even though they deprive me of any reasonable amount of sleep,” she said.
Barrett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame and judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, believes life begins at conception and has noted how both pro-life and pro-abortion legal experts have criticized Roe v. Wade as a bad decision. Barrett criticized the ruling for “ignit[ing] a national controversy” through judicial fiat.
Though her judicial rulings on abortion are few, she did rule in support of two Indiana pro-life laws during her time on the Seventh Circuit. She also has made several statements about the value of babies in the womb. According to the Law and Crime blog, Barrett signed a public letter in 2015 that emphasized “the value of human life from conception to natural death.”
Judge Amy Barrett was number one on the Supreme Court wish list for most pro-life voters and she was also the first potential high court nominee to get an in-person meeting with President Donald Trump. That’s not a surprising considering the president previous said he was “saving her” for an appointment to the Supreme Court should Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg retire or pass away.
Barrett, a mother of seven, was a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia. Like Scalia, Barrett describes herself as an “originalist” judge.
When it comes to abortion cases, Barrett has been on the pro-life side. She voted in 2016 to allow a hearing on a pro-life law from the state of Indiana that requires abortion centers to offer a proper burial or cremation for babies they kill in abortions. And in 2019, she voted to allow a hearing on another Indiana pro-life law allowing parents to be notified when their teenage daughter is considering an abortion so they can help her make a better decision for her and her baby.