Civil Rights, Abortion, and Same-Sex Marriage is on the line
With the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett all but inevitable, how bad will she be? It’s hard to say for certain – but it doesn’t look great for anyone.
Barrett has said repeatedly that she would follow the law, not her own personal convictions. Which, it’s worth reiterating for Judge Barrett those convictions are religious and regressive in nature.
Amy Coney Barrett’s American ideology is a terrifying place.
So with the confirmation hearings being over and the Democratic Party doesn’t have the ability to stop it. At the current moment, it is almost inevitable that Amy Coney Barrett will be confirmed as a supreme court justice. All this just before the November election. The swearing-in of Barrett will shift the Supreme Court from the current 5-4 conservative majority to a super-majority of 6-3; this is a move that could reshape America in a not so good way. Goodbye to civil rights.
The Republicans, as it stands, don’t care if you call them hypocrites. They are, in fact, completely ignoring their own agreements to not vote for a judge before an election. Now, because it’s a Republican-controlled Senate and Presidency, that agreement is not valid. They don’t care about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish that she not be replaced until after the election. They absolutely don’t care about common decency or democracy. They just care about the power – and they will do whatever it takes to get it and now keep it.
So, the question is, just how bad will judge Barrett be? Republicans have been looking to end abortion in America. So could her confirmation mean the end of Roe v Wade? Is marriage equality (same-sex marriage) in danger of being reversed? Is it at all possible she could criminalize much-needed birth control? Scary enough to think this; Is America on its way to becoming the Divine Republic? Are we going to look at the movie The Handmaid’s Tale and realize it was a documentary or a manual?
It’s hard to say for sure. Barrett said little or nothing about all of the substance during the proceedings. She was repeating harmoniously that she would follow the rule of law and not her own personal convictions.
Barrett has previously served as what is called a “handmaid” (a term used for female leaders) for the Christian community, People of Praise. This same community, for example, has anti-abortion views and has expelled members for gay sex.
Many on the right have said to “Leave Barrett’s religion out of it!”. Many would and myself included, would be very happy to only if it were clearer that Barrett would leave her religious beliefs out of her work. Her past makes it hard to feel any confidence that would be the case.
Barrett in the past has worked for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). ADF is America’s largest anti-LGBTQ legal organization. Barrett herself has taught five different session classes for the ADF’s legal fellowship program. This program is designed to train Christian lawyers as quoted “to foster legal systems that fully protect our God-given rights.” The Christian Science Monitor recently noted: “If Judge Barrett is confirmed, it will represent a culmination of decades-long efforts by the conservative Christian legal movement to move from the periphery of the legal world into the mainstream.”
Of the relatively few things Barrett did respond to during the hearings also don’t comfort well. She has admitted, for example, that she doesn’t view Roe vs Wade as a “super-precedent” case: such cases that are so well-settled that no one or group would seriously push for their overruling. This, coupled with her three-year judicial record, shows a commitment to reducing abortion access, this could mean Roe could be in real trouble.
Barrett’s further comments – or, the rather, lack thereof – on same-sex marriage and birth control were also telling. Barrett refused to give an opinion on how Obergefell v Hodges, the 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, or Griswold v Connecticut, a case regarding birth control, were decided. That’s particularly concerning as Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Samuel Alito, both are highly regarded recently gratuitously attacked Obergefell as having “ruinous consequences for religious liberty.”
“This goose is cooked,” Cory Booker has said as the Barrett hearings wound up. It certainly is – but there’s still hope that our civil rights aren’t completely done for. It’s possible Biden wins by a landslide, and the Democrats get control of the House and Senate. This would give them the ability to expand the supreme court. The question is, will Biden actually do this? In the
most recent town hall event on Thursday, Biden said he’ll let us all know sometime before election day. In the meantime, maybe it’s worth researching how to immigrate to Canada.