October 21, 2020

Democrats slam Amy Coney Barrett for not telling senators she signed onto a 2006 letter calling the legacy of Roe v. Wade barbaric

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  • Democrats slammed Amy Coney Barrett for not disclosing to senators that she signed a letter 14 years ago that called the legacy of Roe v. Wade “barbaric.”
  • Barrett signed off on a 2006 two-page ad by the St. Joseph County Right to Life group that called for the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
  • President Trump nominated Judge Barrett, who currently sits on the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court.
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Democrats slammed Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, for not telling senators she signed a 2006 letter that called the legacy of Roe v. Wade “barbaric.”

“Judiciary Committee Democrats want to know why it wasn’t disclosed and if other materials were left off her Senate Judiciary Questionnaire,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said Tuesday.

Feinstein along with other Democratic senators, including the 2020 Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, signed a letter to Assistant Attorney General Beth Williams asking if there is any other information that had not been previously disclosed on Barrett’s Senate Judiciary questionnaire.

Barrett signed off on a 2006 two-page ad by the St. Joseph County Right to Life group, also known also as Right to Life Michiana — which appeared in the South Bend Tribune newspaper.

“It’s time to put an end to the barbaric legacy of Roe v. Wade and restore law that protects the lives of unborn children,” the advertisement said.

Barrett did not disclose the document to the Senate ahead of her confirmation hearing, which is still expected to take place this month despite Senate work being called off after several Republican lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19.

She also did not disclose information about the ad in her 2017 Senate Judiciary questionnaire for her seat on the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

Barrett is Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last month at 87 years old. 

Barrett’s views on reproductive rights and healthcare have come into question during both of her nominations, however, she had said her religious views would not impact her jurisprudence.

Her nomination would sway the Supreme Court to a 6-3 conservative majority.