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Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett to 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

On Tuesday, Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as a United States Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. A law professor at the University of Notre Dame, Barrett has been widely opposed due to her past statements that judges’ Catholic beliefs should take precedent over the United States Constitution. Barrett, who once clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, was confirmed with a 55-43 vote, earning votes from two Republicans who support abortion rights and three Democrats: Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana. Abortion rights organizations and LGBTQ rights advocates have showed strong opposition to Barrett’s confirmation. Barrett has voiced her objections to Roe v. Wade, stating that it was an “erroneous decision.” She has also said it is more important for judges to interpret the Constitution as they see it, rather than to comply with precedent. She has also been involved with the Alliance for Defending Freedom, an organization identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center that has supported the forced sterilization of individuals who are transgender. While Barrett has stated that her religious views will not influence her decisions, […]

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