Amy Coney Barrett, the supreme court nominee, signed off on an advertisement in 2006 that called for the overturning of Roe v Wade, and called the landmark abortion rights decision “barbaric” and a “raw exercise of judicial power”.
In a statement to the Guardian, the White House said: “As Judge Barrett said on the day she was nominated, ‘A judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policymakers, and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold.’”
The statement appears to reflect an acknowledgment that Barrett’s personal views on abortion could hurt her chances at confirmation.
I reject the judicial standard that is only held against conservatives. Namely, that any expression of an opinion on anything renders one unfit for the court. What an idiotic standard that is only selectively applied.
In this case, it is well known that Barrett opposes killing babies and thinks Roe was a bad ruling. Every Senator knows it. The fact that she said it in public 16 years ago is not disqualifying. Frankly, I’d be more concerned if she hid her views.