President Donald Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

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Leah Kulmann, Staff Reporter

On September 26, President Donald Trump nominated the well-known federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to take the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg´s place on the United States Supreme Court. Trump was already familiar with Barrett and met her in the past when she was the top contender before the president chose Justice Brett Kavanaugh the last time there was a vacancy of the Supreme Court.

Barrett currently lives in South Bend, Indiana along with her husband and seven children. She studied law at Notre Dame University, graduating first in her class. Her achievements in school as well as hard work, has led her to a confirmed position on the 7th circuit in the Court of Appeals back in 2017 and now a nomination for the United States Supreme Court. 

“Amy is more than a stellar scholar and judge; she is also a profoundly devoted mother. Her family is a core part of who Amy is,” Said President Donald Trump of the nominee.

Judge Barrett’s views in regards to abortion has stirred some controversy and dispute. During her time on The Court of Appeals, Barrett wrestled with the subject of abortion two times. She has indicated that she wants an Indiana Law that requires women under the age of eighteen to notify their parents before getting an abortion.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After Judge Barrett´s nomination many have expressed concern as to what this could mean for Women’s health rights such as Roe v. Wade as well as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There is fear that the progress and growth Ruth Bader Ginsburg has pushed and fought for in regards to women’s rights will be reversed if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed on the court. 

Since 2010, republicans have continuously tried to put an end to the ACA. The case law has been heard in the Supreme Court on two previous occasions. Therefore republicans are anxious to confirm Trump´s nomination for Ruth Bader Ginsburg´s seat.  If Barrett’s seat on the court is confirmed, SCOTUS will finally have enough votes to get rid of The Affordable Care Act which has been helping Americans for the past 10 years. The demise of the ACA will leave 39 million people without affordable healthcare. 

“Amy Coney Barrett wants to change things that take away people’s rights. I am pro choice, I don’t believe in abortion, but I don’t think she has the right to choose for other’s. She wants to change women’s rights which I also don’t believe she should have that control, ” said Marcia Hayes, a Bristol, Connecticut resident. 

Currently President Trump is pushing to confirm Barrett onto the court before the election, which is only weeks away. The fate of the ACA as well as many women’s rights is now up to Amy Coney Barrett.