Amy Coney Barrett

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, refused to say whether she agrees with the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings protecting access to contraceptives and LGBTQ rights during her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday. 

Barrett said she couldn’t give “a yes or a no” answer as to whether Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized access to birth control in 1965, was correctly decided because she “can’t grade precedent.” She said the same of the Court’s 2003 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, which made bans on homosexual activity unconstitutional, and its 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage. 

But she has repeatedly said that other landmark decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education, which banned racial segregation in schools, and Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage, were correctly decided. 

The judge argued that it’s “shockingly unlikely” the Supreme Court will overturn Griswold. 

“I think that Griswold is very, very, very, very, very, very unlikely to go anywhere,” Barrett said.

She added later, “I would be surprised if birth control was about to be criminalized.” 

But earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania that the Trump administration could legally allow employers to deny birth control and other …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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