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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett repeatedly evaded questions during her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.
But where Barrett refused to answer, Republican senators often stepped in and did it for her.
Barrett invoked the so-called “Ginsburg rule” in justifying why she would not touch on an array of topics, ranging from abortion to the electoral process.
“Justice Ginsburg with her characteristic pithiness used this to describe how a nominee should comport herself at a hearing. No hints, no previews, no forecasts. That had been the practice of nominees before her. But everybody calls it the Ginsburg rule because she stated it so concisely,” Barrett said.
The reality, however, is that Ginsburg specifically addressed a plethora of topics, including Roe v. Wade, during her confirmation hearings 27 years ago.
When Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday asked Barrett whether she agreed with her mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, that the landmark case legalizing abortion was wrongly decided, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee said: “I can’t express views on cases or pre-commit.”
Though Barrett, a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, would not tell the country under oath where she stands on abortion, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham was happy to. “This is the first time in American history that we’ve nominated a woman who is unashamedly pro-life and embraces her faith without apology, and she is going to the court,” Graham said during Wednesday’s hearing.
Graham tells Barrett: “I have never been more proud of a nominee…This is history being made, folks. This is the first time in American history that we’ve nominated a woman who is unashamedly pro-life and embraces her faith without apology. And she’s going to the Court” pic.twitter.com/FmRNzfxBAy
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 14, 2020
Barrett, who is Catholic, has given talks to anti-abortion groups and also signed her name to a newspaper ad in 2006 that decried the “barbaric legacy” of Roe v. Wade.
Her record on this topic appears to have been a large part of the reason she was nominated in the first place. GOP Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, in July said that he would not vote for a Supreme Court nominee who doesn’t believe Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. Prior to the start of Barrett’s confirmation hearings, Hawley signaled that she’d passed that litmus test and that he would vote to confirm her.
“There’s plenty of evidence, I think, to demonstrate that she understands that Roe is — in my words — an act of judicial imperialism,” Hawley said last week, per the Washington Post. “And I feel very comfortable with her on that issue.”
Barrett didn’t need to say that she believes Roe was wrongly decided during her confirmation hearings because she’d convinced the people whose votes she needed even before sitting down for questioning.
Similarly, Barrett was critical of the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — in writings …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics