Amy Coney Barett’s Confirmed as New Supreme Court Justice

Ana Cervantes

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After the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the former Supreme Court Justice who successfully fought against gender discrimination laws and fought for environmental protection laws, left a seat waiting to be filled.  Amy Coney Barrett has been confirmed as the youngest female Supreme Court Justice, even though, as reported by the Associated Press on September 23, 2020, it was RBG’S last wish for her seat to be filled until after the election.

Source: apnewsarticle.com

The filling of the position was a controversial decision, not only because of the rapidly approaching presidential election, but also because of Amy Coney Barrett’s views on topics like abortion, healthcare, and the environment.

  • “One of the reasons that [Roe] was controversial was that in the past all cases dealing with the right to privacy drew from consensual situations such as marriage or the use of contraception. Abortion deals with the life of a child so it differs from the earlier case[s] relating to privacy” – Amy Coney Barrett, Alliance For Justice
  • “Barrett’s “history and prior statements” about religious exemptions are “alarming” and have led him to conclude that Barrett would “be inclined to grant certain groups special permission because of their faith.”-Curry Cook, ABC News

According to Associated Press, a highly reliable news source, starting next week the bench will hear cases on LGBTQ rights, religious freedom, and the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

  • What is Obamacare? “Make affordable health insurance available to more people. The law provides consumers with subsidies (“premium tax credits”) that lower costs for households with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level.” Healthcare.gov

It has also been reported by Mark Sherman, of the Associated Press that  “Barrett, would represent the most dramatic ideological change on the Supreme Court in nearly 30 years and cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come”. This puts at stake policies that pro-choice advocates have fought to keep like Roe V. Wade, which protects a woman’s right to having an abortion without excessive government restriction. The fact that Donald Trump appointed Barrett worries supporters of the Affordable Care Act because of Trump’s open opposition to the Act.

“Obamacare. We’re going to repeal it, we’re going to replace it, get something great. Repeal it, replace it, get something great!” – Donald Trump, American Airlines Dallas Center, 2019

  • Roe v. Wade In the first trimester of pregnancy, the state may not regulate the abortion decision; only the pregnant woman and her attending physician can make that decision. In the second trimester, the state may impose regulations on abortion that are reasonably related to maternal health. In the third trimester, once the fetus reaches the point of “viability,” a state may regulate abortions or prohibit them entirely, so long as the laws contain exceptions for cases when abortion is necessary to save the life or health of the mother.

“Roe v. Wade.” Oyez, www.oyez.org/cases/1971/70-18. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.