Trump to nominate pro-life champion Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court: multiple sources

by Adam Ford · Sep 25th, 2020 7:07 pm

Last Updated Sep 26th, 2020 at 6:08 pm

President Trump will choose Amy Coney Barrett to fill the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat, numerous sources (Fox, NYT, CNN, WEX, Axios, CBS, among others) reported Friday evening.

Barrett, 48, from South Bend, Indiana, is a conservative with a strong pro-life record. The New York Times describes her as "a hero to the pro-life movement."

CBS News reports:

Amy Coney Barrett, who is expected to be Mr. Trump's pick, meets the president's unprecedented anti-abortion rights litmus test. The federal judge has referred to abortion as "always immoral" and offers something a former top candidate, Barbara Lagoa, doesn't: A clear anti-abortion rights judicial record. During her three years on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, she has already ruled on two abortion-related cases, both times favoring restrictions on access to abortion.

"She is the perfect combination of brilliant jurist and a woman who brings the argument to the court that is potentially the contrary to the views of the sitting women justices," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion rights political group, in an emailed statement to CBS News.

Many believe that overturning Roe v. Wade — the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide — is no longer a hypothetical.

The New York Times reports:

In the world of conservative judges, she has particularly strong credentials. Judge Barrett began clerking for Justice Antonin Scalia 22 years ago, and her fellow clerks are quick to say she was his favorite. She graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School and joined the faculty in 2002, earning praise from colleagues as an astute scholar and jurist even if they did not always agree on her jurisprudential premises.

But it is also her personal qualities that particularly endear Judge Barrett to conservatives across the country.

"Her religious convictions are pro-life, and she lives those convictions," said Judge Patrick J. Schiltz, a longtime mentor and a U.S. district judge in Minnesota, who like Judge Barrett is Roman Catholic.


Judge Barrett and her husband, Jesse Barrett, a former federal prosecutor who is now in private practice, have seven children, all under 20, including two adopted from Haiti and a young son with Down syndrome, whom she would carry downstairs by piggyback in the morning. Judge Barrett is known for volunteering at her children's grade school, and at age 48, she would be the youngest justice on the bench, poised to shape a generation of American law.

According to Fox News:

Barrett has long been considered a front-runner for the seat after she was closely examined to potentially replace former Justice Anthony Kennedy's on the high court. Though Trump eventually selected Justice Brett Kavanaugh for the slot, news outlets reported at the time that Trump at the time said he was "saving her for Ginsburg."

Trump reportedly plans to announce Barrett as his pick at a White House event on Saturday.


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