Should Amy Coney Barrett Be a Supreme Court Justice?

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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds via AP)

Amy Coney Barrett is a U.S. attorney, mother of seven, and recent Supreme Court nominee. President Donald Trump nominated Barrett after the passing of Former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. However, Amy Coney Barrett’s conservative views have stirred great controversy. Most notably, Barrett is deemed to be anti-LGBTQ+ rights and anti-abortion rights. She, along with Trump, also plan to suspend the Affordable Care Act, a government program that provided low-income American families with affordable healthcare. Barrett opposes the idea of aiding traditionally marginalized groups, such as the working class and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, her political stance is extremely right-wing. This then begs the question: should Amy Coney Barrett be nominated to the Supreme Court?

The role of a Supreme Court Justice comes with much responsibility. And, it is not something that should be taken lightly. Those in positions of political control and power, like Amy Coney Barrett, are tasked with the difficulty of leading our country thoughtfully and with good intention. This means eliminating all bias and treating everyone with dignity and respect. But, Amy Coney Barrett has failed to do just that.

According to a petition organized by the Demand Justice Organization, Amy Coney Barrett “repeatedly indicated that she would strike down the Affordable Care Act, ending protections for people with preexisting conditions” and “she will be a reliable vote to roll back reproductive freedom.” Limiting the freedom of any American is unjust and we, as Americans, cannot allow Barrett to impose these unfair regulations. This petition sheds light on the many reasons why Amy Coney Barrett should not be nominated to the Supreme Court.

Kara Swisher, a contributing opinions writer for the New York Times, also tells her perspective in her article  “Amy Coney Barrett’s rise is a threat to families like mine.” Swisher shares her thoughts on the fight for equality for the LGBTQ+ community. She notes that “Judge Barrett’s views on gay rights are problematic, at best.” 

New York Times writer Kara Swisher, along with the many petition signers on the Demand Justice Organization, are a few of the many Americans who oppose Barrett’s views on key social issues and strongly believe that she should not be nominated to the Supreme Court.

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