Confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court continued today. The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsay Graham opened today’s proceedings in the following way: “This is the first time in American history that we’ve nominated a woman who is unashamedly pro-life and embraces her faith without apology… This hearing, to me, is an opportunity to not punch through a glass ceiling, but a reinforced concrete barrier around conservative women… You’re going to shatter that barrier.”
Jill Burke asked several femist students how they view the woman nominated to the highest court.
When asked questions by Senators, Amy Coney Barrett said repeatedly that she would “set her personal views aside when voting on cases on the Supreme Court” The Co-Director of External Outreach for USC’s Society of Women in the Law Emily Hansen says that would be hard to do
[SOUND] “Well, I do think that it’s possible. I don’t think that she will. It’s particularly interesting because, you know, she’s said that and then she’s also an originalist, meaning that she’s just going to interpret the Constitution, as you know, the framers intended to write it. And so there is no explicit right to abortions.”
TRACK -- Hansen does not believe that Amy Coney Barrett would separate her personal beliefs from her judicial decisions…
[SOUND] “And if she is actually appointed to the Supreme Court, then it’s pretty likely that she would elect, that she would let that affect her decisions.”
USC graduate Madi Rosenthal is now studying law at Fordham. She says that if Coney Barrett is confirmed and the Supreme Court moves to a six to three conservative majority, Women’s rights will be taken away because Rosenthal says there are already bills on the docket for the Supreme Court regarding women’s reproductive rights and bodily autonomy set to be heard in 2021.
[SOUND] “So I think Roe, unfortunately, will most likely be reversed and abortion will become a state issue, which is exactly what Trump wants. The issue with reproductive rights going to the states is that women in the Midwest and the South, especially the Bible Belt, are at greater risk of losing their bodily autonomy.”
[SOUND] " I mean, just because she’s a woman doesn’t mean she’s a feminist."
Maya Rosental Saporito unfavorably compares Amy Coney Barrett to the Justice that Barrett would replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Rosental Saporito is the Sexual and Reproductive Co-Chair of Planned Parenthood Generation Action at Northwestern University. She says that just because Barrett is a woman.
[SOUND] "It doesn’t mean that she’s going to fight for women’s rights. And. Being a white woman, she comes from a place of privilege, no matter how you spin it. And I think it’s. Incredibly disrespectful to not. Think of. Like an intersectional approach to politics and think of the poorest woman that you’re going to affect, women of color, women in the LGBTQ plus community, I think just because she’s a woman doesn’t mean that she’s a champion for women. And I think this is. A way for Trump to say, well, I nominated a woman, therefore, like I am progressive, I stand for women. It’s just not the case because everything she stands for would hurt so many people, not just women, but so many people across this country.
Barring any unforeseen event Judge Barrett is expected to be confirmed by the Rebublican-led senate. Before the election on November 3rd. Again, Fordham law student Madi Rosenthal.
[SOUND] “I did not realize that this time would come so soon. It’s really, really scary. I don’t think people are really realizing how much we take for granted our bodily autonomy.”
Elections have consequences.
For Annenberg Media, I’m Jill Burke.