Got one last SCOTUS update for y’all, hopefully for quite some time! Yesterday morning, Justice Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in at the Supreme Court in a ceremony attended by all the Justices except for Breyer (who joined by phone). She moved in chambers and begins work immediately.
Today is the day. Around 7:30 pm, the Senate will vote on the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
The biggest victory for life is that the national abortion rate continues its downward trend, and it is now the lowest rate since 1973, when Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. State lawmakers, emboldened by this summer’s June Medical decision, should press forward and pass life-affirming laws everywhere they can regardless of who’s running the show in Washington come January 21, 2021.
Much like the World Series-bound Tampa Bay Rays, Judge Amy Coney Barrett hit it out of the park last week.
The role of a judge was a theme throughout the day yesterday. Judge Barrett stuck to the Ginsburg rule–“no hints, no forecasts, no previews”–when she was repeatedly asked to opine on the specifics of past and upcoming cases. It would be inappropriate for any judge to tip her hand to how she might rule in a future case, and Judge Barrett’s commitment to judicial independence was on full display.
Amy Coney Barrett’s reasoning is rooted in the Constitution and the law, but her opinions are written with a tone that recognizes that legal cases are fundamentally about people.
A Down syndrome diagnosis should never represent a death warrant. Too many people are aborted because they possess genetic differences. We have hundreds of laws protecting people with genetic anomalies once they are born, and we must extend that same kindness and protection to all people regardless of age, location, or genes.
In Congress, lawmakers in both parties are responding to whistleblower allegations that a doctor contracted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) performed hysterectomies on detainees against their will.
Judge Barrett is blitzing the Capitol, meeting with a number of Senators this week. Part of the Senate’s “advice and consent” process typically includes the nominee meeting one-on-one with Senators of both parties to answer their specific questions.
If confirmed, Judge Barrett will be the first mom with school-age kids to serve on the Supreme Court. She brings a diversity of experience that will enrich the bench, carrying on the trailblazing legacy of fellow working mom Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.