Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg breathed her last on Friday. She was 87 years old. However, her position opened up in court, allowing the President to appoint someone new. Earlier in September, Bader Ginsburg revealed that she was undergoing treatment for cancer. Immediately, Trump prepared a list of 20 potential candidates just in case. The list includes a variety of people who have supported Trump in some manner. Reportedly, the current frontrunner is U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett. She is a devout Catholic and pro-lifer.
Amy Coney Barrett, History
Back in 2018, she was already a finalist for Trump’s second high court nomination. However, Brett Kavanaugh secured that position. Previously, Barrett had written that Supreme Court precedents are not sacrosanct. Liberals assumed that her statements were a threat to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide. Further, Barrett wrote that agreed with people who said,
A justice’s duty is to the Constitution, and that it is thus more legitimate for her to enforce her best understanding of the Constitution rather than a precedent she thinks clearly in conflict with it.
Barrett’s religious chapter
Initially, Barrett was a member of Notre Dame’s Faculty of Life. In 2015, she signed a letter to the church stating that the teachings of the Church are true. Among those teachings were the values of human life from conception to natural death. Marriage-family values ‘founded on the indissoluble commitment of a man and a woman’ were included too.
However, the Democrats considered her religious faith to be a major disadvantage in 2017. At the time, she was about to be confirmed for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th circuit. Addressing the claims, she said,
If you’re asking whether I take my faith seriously and I’m a faithful Catholic, I am. Although, I would stress that my personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear in the discharge of my duties as a judge.
More about Barrett
Amy Coney Barrett is a resident of Indiana. She lives there with her husband Jesse M. Barrett, and her 7 children, two of which have been adopted from Haiti. Her youngest child is one with special needs. She spent 2 decades at the University of Notre Dame as a law professor. She received her bachelor’s and law degrees from the same. Previously, she clerked for the Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.