Ultra-conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, nominated for the Supreme Court by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, took on Tuesday the blows of the Democratic senators without losing his composure and without offering even a clue as to how it will fail in such important cases related to abortion or the future of the Obamacare.
“Judges cannot get up one day and say: I have an agenda, I like guns, I hate guns; I like abortion, I hate abortion. And just walk around like a queen and impose your will on the world,” she said with some irony Barrett during the second day of hearings in the Senate judicial committee.
Barrett, a 48-year-old Catholic and mother of seven, used similar phrases to escape stinging questions from Democrats: she assured over and over again that she has no political agenda and that her goal is to adhere to the Constitution to decide each case separately.
Furthermore, he emphasized that “has not committed” to the White House to fail in any way in controversial cases, such as the health reform of former President Barack Obama (2009-2017) that the Supreme Court will evaluate in the coming weeks.
The Democrats’ Strategy
Democratic senators are in the minority in the Senate and they know they can’t stop the magistrate’s confirmation for the Supreme Court, which is why they are using media hearings to remind Americans of the stakes in the November 3 presidential election.
Democrats are struggling to portray Barrett as an extremely conservative judge and many today put the spotlight on abortion rights.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, 87, who has broken through several gender barriers in her lifetime, repeatedly asked Barrett about her ideas about the Supreme Court “Roe v. Wade” case that legalized abortion in 1973 and it reminded him of what happened when that procedure was illegal in the US.
“As a college student in the 1950s, I saw what happened to young women who became pregnant at a time when abortion was not legal in this country. I went to Stanford (university) and saw trips to Mexico, I saw very young women trying to hurt themselves. That’s really worrying“Feinstein said.
Barret refused to express his views on the “Roe v. Wade” case and said it will not give “a thumbs up or down” to endorse or reject any issue, including abortion.
A controversial ad from 2006
Also, during the hearing, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy asked Barret about a 2006 ad in an Indiana newspaper criticizing the “barbaric legacy” of “Roe v. Wade.” and that she signed along with hundreds of activists and academics.
Specifically, Leahy asked her if she agreed with the ideas of the group behind the ad, St Joseph Right to Life, which advocates criminalizing IVF because some embryos are wasted, a vision considered radical within the movement against abortion rights in the United States.
“I signed it leaving the church. It was consistent with the vision of my church, and simply said that we support the right to life from conception to natural death. and he did not take any position on IVF, “Barret replied, once again without revealing his opinion about assisted reproduction.
Separation of laws and religion
However, on several occasions, the magistrate insisted that she will be perfectly capable of separating her judicial decisions from her religion.
“I have a life full of people who have made different decisions, and I have never tried, in my personal life, to impose my decisions on them. The same is true in my professional field, “said Barrett, who teaches law at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana) and who, since 2017, has served as a judge in the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
During the hearings to confirm her as a judge of that court, Barrett had to face numerous questions about his beliefs and his membership in the religious group People of Praise..
That group has fewer than 2,000 members and its members believe in “divine prophecies and cures,” according to the newspaper. The New York Times.
Today, Barrett told senators that when he accepted Trump’s nomination for Supreme Court, he knew that his faith would be “caricatured” and his family would suffer attacks; but he decided to go ahead because he wants to “serve his country.”
The Republicans’ strategy
About, Republicans have repeatedly accused Democrats of attacking Barrett’s faithAlthough none have actually alluded to their religious beliefs.
The Republicans’ goal is to discredit the Democrats and portray them as a group of radicals, while also seeking to portray Barrett as an extremely skilled judge.
At one point during the hearing, Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, asked the magistrate to hold up his notebook in full view of everyone in order to show that it was blank and that he was speaking from memory, referring to cases legal without any help.
Republicans want to confirm Barrett in the full Senate on October 22So he could wear the Supreme Court robe before the November 3 elections.