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Barrett refuses to commit on Roe v. Wade

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on October 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away in September. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Under questioning by the senior senators of each side of the aisle — GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein — Judge Coney Barrett repeatedly declined to give her views of Roe v. Wade and Supreme Court precedent that preserved that 1973 landmark.

Under questioning by the senior senators of each side of the aisle — GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein — Judge Coney Barrett repeatedly declined to give her views of Roe v.

Feinstein invoked Justice Antonin Scalia, who Barrett has said was her mentor, pointing out that he believed Roe was wrongly decided.

Barrett responded by invoking liberal Justice Elena Kagan, who declined to “grade precedent” during her hearing or give a “thumbs up or a thumb down” in any case, particularly one as controversial as Roe. Watch the exchange with Sen. Graham on abortion here: 

In an exchange with Sen. Lindsey Graham, Judge Amy Coney Barrett was asked about her faith.

Some background: The question about Barrett's faith came after Graham asked her about issues like abortion and guns rights.

Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Judge Amy Coney Barrett if she felt like you should recuse herself from a case involving the Affordable Care Act because she is being nominated by President Trump.

Graham followed up by asking if, when it comes to recusal, if Barrett "will do what the Supreme Court requires of every justice. " She responded: "I will. "

The Supreme Court has gone a decade without acting on a major case concerning the Second Amendment, an issue that could receive rare attention in the future by the high court should Judge Amy Coney Barrett be confirmed to the bench in the coming weeks.

Should the Senate confirm Barrett, who once clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, she could provide the extra vote Justice Clarence Thomas has been advocating for to take up Second Amendment cases.

Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham kicked off today's Supreme Court confirmation hearing with a sustained attack on former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, seeking to preempt Democratic criticisms of Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers will have an opportunity on Tuesday to question Barrett, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, during a lengthy second day of Senate hearings.

Barrett said she shares this originalist philosophy with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who she worked for as a clerk.

Sen. Lindsey Graham just asked Amy Coney Barrett about abortion rights.

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