Two pro-abortion legal groups demanded Friday that the U.S. Senate reject Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett because she, like millions of other American women, is pro-life.
The open letter to senators was a joint effort by Lawyers for Good Government and Alliance for Justice, a pro-abortion group associated with the Abortion Care Network, NARAL and the National Abortion Federation, Law and Crime reports.
They claimed Barrett “will erode critical rights and legal protections for millions of Americans” – ironically by ruling to restore human rights to unborn babies.
“For example, since Roe v. Wade, women in the United States have had the constitutional right to an abortion. But Donald Trump has made it clear that every judge he nominates will automatically overturn Roe,” the letter states.
“Judge Barrett has repeatedly criticized Roe, and has made it clear she does not believe a Supreme Court justice should follow precedent that is in conflict with her understanding of the Constitution,” it continues. “Her confirmation to the Supreme Court will be devastating to millions of women in this country.”
Barrett is President Donald Trump’s choice to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an abortion supporter who died in September. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Barrett would solidify a strong 6-3 conservative majority on the high court.
Pro-life advocates hope and abortion activists fear that Barrett could lead to the undoing of Roe v. Wade and help restore protections for unborn babies.
Barrett signed a letter in 2006 that described abortion as “barbaric” and called for an end to Roe. She also was a member of the Notre Dame University Faculty for Life Group from 2010 to 2016, and she received an award from the Thomas More Society, a pro-life Catholic legal group, in 2018.
Additionally, she has made several statements about the value of babies in the womb. According to Law and Crime, Barrett signed a public letter in 2015 that emphasized “the value of human life from conception to natural death.” She also said she believes that life begins at conception.
Pro-life leaders have praised her as an excellent choice for the court. Meanwhile, abortion advocacy groups are spending millions of dollars to try to stop her confirmation.
“As people who have devoted their careers to the pursuit of justice and upholding our Constitution, they have made clear that a vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to strip away health care protections from millions, eviscerate protections for those with preexisting conditions, overturn Roe, and dismantle civil rights,” said Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron in a statement.
But killing an unborn baby in an abortion is not health care, and Americans know it. Since 1973, Americans have been trying to restore protections for unborn babies through state and federal legislation, but abortion activists have relied on the Supreme Court to strike down even modest protections for babies in the womb.
It’s part of what makes abortion advocacy groups’ claims about Barrett’s confirmation being a “sham process” that deprives Americans of their say in the future so bizarre.
Interestingly, the pro-abortion groups also claimed 5,000 lawyers signed their letter Friday. They bragged that it is the “largest known lawyer opposition letter to a Supreme Court nominee.” However, Law and Crime pointed out that the letter, as of late Friday morning, only has two signatures on it (see: “[Signers to Be Inserted]”): the leaders of the two pro-abortion groups.
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Barrett is scheduled to begin Monday.