From all appearances, Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an admirable woman with a strong faith, a successful career, a loving husband, and beautiful children. But for Democrats intent on thwarting her confirmation to the Supreme Court, they must find something about Barrett to gin up in the media as controversial.
Barrett’s past public expressions against abortion are their most recent target. According to The Hill, these were expressions that were not previously disclosed to the Senate, prompting Barrett to send a letter to top Senate Judiciary Committee members to file those statements on the official record.
The new disclosures will be added to the lengthy questionnaire Barrett already filled out for the committee and, despite claims from Democrats and media pundits, is a perfectly normal part of the confirmation process.
Judge Barrett is pro-life, but we already knew that
The first revelation was that Barrett, while serving as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame in 2013, signed an anti-abortion ad from the university’s Faculty for Life and Fund to Protect Human Life, organizations which she was a part, The Hill reported. Roughly 100 other members of the Catholic university signed as well.
“In the 40 years since the Supreme Court’s infamous Roe v. Wade decision, over 55 million unborn children have been killed by abortions,” the ad stated. “We faculty and staff at the University of Notre Dame reaffirm our full support of our university’s commitment to the right to life, we renew our call for the unborn to be protected in law and welcomed in life, and we voice our love and support for the mothers who bear them.”
Pro-abortion Democrats and members of the media have taken issue with the language used in the ad and have attempted to make an issue out of the fact that Barrett failed to disclose her participation in it.
In a letter sent to Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Barrett acknowledged that she had signed the ad and provided a copy to the committee. Barrett also disclosed other instances of public statements attributed to her that had been brought to her attention.
Those disclosures included quotes from her about the Honor Council at Rhodes College that had been published in a 1994 article, as well as the acknowledgement of “two informal presentations to student groups” at Notre Dame, one of which was merely a summation of a lecture that she had already disclosed in the questionnaire.
Barrett noted that in the event anything else was brought up that she had failed to disclose, “Consistent with the practice of prior nominees, I will continue to supplement the information provided to the Committee as appropriate.”
Much ado about nothing
This is all much ado about nothing, as it was already evident that Barrett holds pro-life views.
In fact, Democrats have been well aware of that fact for at least the past three years, as she was grilled extensively over her position — and how her personal views might impact future judicial decisions — when she went through the confirmation process in 2017 to be confirmed to a federal appeals court.
Barrett’s confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin on Oct. 12, and her stance on abortion will undoubtedly be a topic of discussion, though Democrats would be wise to tread lightly, as her beliefs are shared by many Americans and are not, as the left fervently insists, outside the mainstream.