Amy Coney Barrett, who is president Donald trumpof short Supremenominee, publicly supported an anti-abortion group in 2006 in its opposition to Roe v. Wade.
- Barrett signed a St. Joseph County Right to Life advertisement in the South Bend Tribune newspaper.
- “We … oppose
Abortionon request and defend the right to life from fertilization to natural death. Please continue to pray for an end to abortion, ”the ad read.
- The deeply conservative Barrett has so far not been explicit about her views on reproductive rights, but she will likely face questions on this topic in her upcoming confirmation hearings.
President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court candidate Justice Amy Coney Barrett publicly supported an anti-abortion group in 2006 that opposes Roe v. Wade, according to a new report.
Barrett, a professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Notre Dame, signed an advertisement for the St. Joseph County Right to Life – also known as Right to life Michiana – which appeared in the South Bend Tribune newspaper.
“We, the following Michiana citizens, oppose abortion on demand and defend the right to life from fertilization to natural death. Continue to pray for an end to abortion,” reads the announcement. according to The Guardian, who first reported this story. The Right to Life group was founded in 1972 in anticipation of the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion across the country. He has since worked to oppose the proceedings in the form of protests, media and educational outreach, and prayer, according to his website.
Executive Director Jackie Appleman told The Guardian that the organization also supports “the criminalization of doctors who perform abortions.”
“At this point, we do not support the criminalization of women,” Appleman added. “We would support the criminalization of frozen embryo rejection or selective reduction through the IVF process.”
A major appeal to his conservative base, Trump has often voiced his anti-abortion stance and was the first president to attend a rally for the cause. earlier this year in Washington. During the 2016 election campaign, he pledged to appoint conservative judges to the Supreme Court to quash Roe v. Wade.
However, Barrett – similar to two other conservative justices, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump has appointed – has been vague about his positions on reproductive rights. During the next Senate confirmation hearings, Barrett will likely be asked about her stance on Roe v. Wade as well as on his Catholic faith. She faced similar questioning in 2017 before she sat on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“The dogma lives loudly in you,” Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said at the time.
Barrett, however, said his religious views would not affect his case law.
Trump tried to defend his choice in the Supreme Court during the first presidential debate on Tuesday, telling the former vice president
“Roe v. Wade. It’s also in play right now,” Biden said.
“Nothing’s going on there,” Trump replied.