WASHINGTON, DC, September 26, 2020 – President Trump has announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to take Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court. Barrett has a disturbing record — especially on health care, reproductive rights, and racial justice — that makes her unfit to serve on the Supreme Court.
Barrett clearly meets Trump’s litmus tests for judges who would overturn the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade. Barrett has argued that courts should invalidate the ACA and criticized Chief Justice John Roberts for his decision to uphold Congress’s authority to enact large portions of the ACA.
Since being nominated to the Seventh Circuit, she has sided with rulings allowing for racial segregation and age discrimination in the workplace. Barrett also repeatedly sided with the wealthy and the powerful over workers and consumers. On gun safety, immigration, criminal justice, the environment, and more, she has attacked critical rights and protections.
Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement:
“The president’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett demonstrates once again that millions of Americans’ health care, reproductive freedom, civil rights, voting rights, and so many other protections that are the bedrock of our democracy could be stripped away if we allow Trump to reshape our courts for generations to come.
We cannot overstate the stakes—amidst a worldwide pandemic, the president is ramming through an ultra-conservative nominee for a lifetime appointment who they know will, at every chance, take away health insurance from millions, including those with pre-existing conditions.
And, at a time when people are taking to the streets to fight against state-sanctioned violence and unjust policing, Barrett’s record demonstrates she would issue decisions that undermine racial justice and, likely, voting rights.
We will fight with everything we have to keep that from happening. Our nation deserves better.”