In light of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing, her spot on the Supreme Court is in need of filling. Donald Trump has since appointed a nominee that has yet to be voted on by congress–Amy Coney Barrett. Although she is a woman like RBG, they differ on many topics. Some of those laws that RBG helped to pass may be in jeopardy of being overturned with Barrett’s vote. To save you the trouble, I’m going to compare a couple of the topics that these two women differ in opinion on and why these issues are so important.
Let’s start with abortion. It’s well known that Ginsberg fought for Roe v. Wade to not be overturned and was pro-choice. Barrett, however, has openly voiced her opinion against abortion, stating that abortion is “always immoral,” according to the New York Times. These beliefs will more than likely present themselves in her votes against this topic. This is a very important issue because her vote against a woman’s right to have an abortion can possibly extinguish these rights for every woman in America, including victims of rape and incest.
Secondly, Barrett is against the Affordable Care Act. According to the New York Times, “she publicly criticized Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. for voting with the high court’s liberal bloc to uphold the Affordable Care Act.” Ginsberg, however, voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act, in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. This is an extremely important issue because this case was a 5-4 ruling, meaning that Barrett’s differing opinion can repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip millions of Americans of their right to healthcare without a proper plan in place to replace it.
These are just two of the issues that Barrett, if appointed, can overturn and take away rights for all Americans. She can single-handedly undo portions of Ginsberg’s legacy by overturning cases that she worked tirelessly to set as they are.
According to the Washington Post, Barrett’s confirmation hearings in the Judiciary Committee were originally scheduled for Monday, Oct. 12. “The tentative schedule calls for opening statements on the first day, followed by two days of questioning on Oct. 13 and 14 and then appearances by outside witnesses on Oct. 15,” the newspaper reported. These dates were scheduled prior to Trump and other White House personnel being diagnosed with COVID-19. There is no word as of right now on if the schedule will change.
Barrett could go down in history for being a judge of change. The uncertainty lies in whether or not we the people will benefit from the changes she makes.
By Joi Belcher, Junior, Brooks College Prep