Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed to care for “generations yet unborn” Monday as he railed against the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett because she is pro-life.
The pro-abortion Democrat’s hypocrisy was blatant as he expressed compassion for unborn babies in one sentence and then supported abortion on demand in the next.
“At the end of this sordid chapter in the history of the Senate, in the history of the Supreme Court, my deepest and greatest sadness is for the American people. Generations yet unborn will suffer the consequences of this nomination,” Schumer said.
The New York politician made the statement when the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Barrett on Monday evening in a party-line vote. Barrett is a pro-life, conservative Catholic and a well-respected law professor at the University of Notre Dame. She believes that life begins at conception and once signed an open letter that described abortions as “barbaric.”
Her confirmation creates a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Now, pro-life advocates hope and abortion activists fear the high court will allow states to restore protections for unborn babies under the law.
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Schumer warned of this possibility immediately after his comment about the unborn.
“As the globe gets warmer, as workers continue to fall behind, as unlimited dark money floods our politics, as reactionary state legislatures curtail a woman’s right to choose … my deepest, greatest and most abiding sadness tonight is for the American people and what this nomination will mean for their lives, their freedoms, their fundamental rights,” he said.
Sen. Schumer says ‘generations of unborn will suffer’ now that Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court pic.twitter.com/tmspnOGnVg
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Pro-life leaders noticed Schumer’s contradiction and called him out.
“I don’t think allowing unborn babies to live and enjoy life qualifies as ‘suffering,’” Brad Mattes of Life Issues Institute responded on Twitter.
Susan B. Anthony List expressed surprise that the Democrat leader would even mention the unborn, commenting, “Yes, he actually said that just moments before the Senate votes to confirm Amy.”
Under Schumer’s leadership, Democrats in the Senate repeatedly have blocked legislation to protect unborn babies, hundreds of thousands of whom are killed every year in elective abortions. In February, he even criticized a bill to protect newborns from infanticide, dismissing it as a mere “play to the hard right.” The New York Democrat has a 100-percent pro-abortion voting record.
A number of abortion cases soon could be up for review before the Supreme Court, and Democrats and their allies in the abortion industry are worried that Barrett could be the deciding vote to uphold laws that protect unborn babies.
Barrett was number one on the Supreme Court wish list for most pro-life voters. A law professor at the University of Notre Dame and former judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, she 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 also signed a public letter in 2015 that emphasized “the value of human life from conception to natural death.”
A mother of seven children, she once worked as a law clerk to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Like Scalia, Barrett describes herself as an “originalist” judge.