WASHINGTON—Amy Coney Barrett has been confirmed as the next associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. The vote was 52-48, with no Democratic support.
Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor and judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, is President Trump’s third nominee to make it onto the court.
“Recognized by experts from across the spectrum of judicial philosophies as a superb legal scholar and judge, she is an esteemed colleague and a teacher revered by her students. Justice Barrett becomes the first alumna of Notre Dame Law School and the first Notre Dame faculty member to be so honored,” said Father John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame, following her confirmation.
Senator Mike Braun said he believes Barrett will stick close to the constitution, not cutting Americans out of their government, nor robbing them of their rights, particularly the right to bear arms.
“While Justice Barrett will be a positive role model to young girls across the country, she is also the only sitting justice who did not receive her law degree from Harvard or Yale and a motivational figure for everyone in middle America,” he said.
“Speaking of middle America, which liberals just think of as flyover country, Justice Barrett understands our values of faith, family, community and respect for the law and will be a strong advocate for religious liberty, which is one of the pillars of our great country.”
But, Barrett is not a favorite among Democrats. The executive director of MomsRising, said the appointment is a disaster.
”This was a vote to deny health care to millions of people, including those with pre-existing conditions. It was a vote to deny meaningful relief to people who suffer discrimination of every kind, a vote to deny women access to reproductive health care, including abortion, and a vote to deny the country the justice, fairness and equality we want, deserve, and have worked hard to advance,” said Kristin Rowe-Finkheimer.
“The rushed, illegitimate, unethical process that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell orchestrated was tyranny of the minority – a brazen power play that ignored the gravity of this appointment. It puts our democracy at risk.”