Judge Amy Coney Barrett is refusing to say if she thinks Roe v. Wade should be overturned.
During a back-and-forth question and answer session during her Senate Judiciary Committee Supreme Court confirmation hearing Tuesday morning, Coney Barrett made clear she would not give Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein an answer.
The Democratic Senator from California asked Coney Barrett at least three times, but she refused to answer, leaving Feinstein to reply, “it’s distressing not to get a straight answer.”
Feinstein continued, asking, “Do you agree with Justice Scalia’s view that Roe was wrongly decided?”
“Senator I completely understand why you are asking the question,” Coney Barrett replied. “But again, I can’t pre commit or say yes I’m going in with some agenda because I’m not, I don’t have any agenda, I have no agenda to try to overrule Casey, I have an agenda to stick to the rule of law and decide cases as they come.”
Feinstein moved forward.
“I don’t know if you’ll answer this one either. Do you agree with Justice Scalia’s view that Roe can and should be overturned by the Supreme Court?”
That’s when Coney Barrett appeared to hint that Roe v. Wade could be overturned, saying the “contours” of the case “could come up again.”
“I think my answer is the same, because, you know, that’s a case that’s litigated, it could, you know its contours could come up again in fact do come up, you know, they came up last term before the court.”
Feinstein concluded, “Well, that makes it difficult for me. And I think for other women also on this committee.”
Right wing extremists have been trying to strip women of their constitutional right to abortion for decades.
Mother Jones D.C. bureau chief and MSNBC analyst David Corn responded, saying Coney Barrett “signed at least two ads decrying Roe and calling for overturning it so abortion could be criminalized. That sounds like an agenda.”
Roe v. Wade is the landmark Supreme Court ruling that found a woman has a constitutional right to obtain an abortion. It has been the law of the land since 1973.
Amy Coney Barrett won’t answer Feinstein’s questions about whether she thinks Roe was wrongly decided pic.twitter.com/kgSQ3rckux
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 13, 2020
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GOP Powerbroker Urges Christians to Invoke ‘Imprecatory Prayers’ for God to ‘Destroy’ His Political Enemies
Right-wing conspiracy theorist Steven Hotze appeared on Rick Scarborough’s “Mixing Church & State God’s Way” podcast Tuesday, where he encouraged listeners to pray for the upcoming election by asking God to literally “destroy” those who oppose Hotze’s radical right-wing Christian political agenda.
Hotze, a long time virulently anti-LGBTQ activist in Texas, urged conservative Christians to engage in “imprecatory prayer,” which is the practice of praying that God will unleash punishment upon those against whom the prayer is targeted.
Hotze said that when Christians gathered on the National Mall in September for “The Return,” they prayed that God would “intercede to stop and bind in the name of Jesus and through the power and blood of Christ to bind anarchy and communism and the ungodliness that’s going on in our country, and to give us a victory in the upcoming election.”
But Hotze noted that it’s equally important to pray against their political enemies.
“I highly encourage you go to the Psalms and pray imprecatory prayers,” he said. “[God] troubles the wicked, he causes them to be in confusion, he causes them to flee. And we need to pray that those that are wicked and that want to destroy our nation and our Christian values, that God would work in their lives—first to cause them to turn to Christ—but those that refuse to turn to Christ, I want God to take his enemies and rid us of them and destroy them so they don’t destroy you and me and our wives, our spouses, our families, our children, our grandchildren, our friends, and our businesses.”
This article was originally published at Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
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Lindsey Graham Ludicrously Tries to Link Same-Sex Marriage to Polygamy in Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS Hearing
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) linked the legal marriages of same-sex couples to polygamy in his questioning of Judge Amy Coney Barrett Wednesday morning. Graham is leading the push to insert the controversial far right wing Seventh Circuit judge on to the Supreme Court.
Graham began by attempting to claim that the 2015 Obergefell case which found a right to marriage for same-sex couples could not be easily overturned, but then launched into his fear-mongering, slippery slope argument.
“So we talk a lot about laws legalizing same-sex marriage,” Graham said, asking Judge Barrett the name of the Obergefell case. “If anybody tried to change that precedent one of the things you would look at is a reliance interest that people have formed around that is legislation?”
“So, reaching a decision that the case was wrongly decided doesn’t end the debate in terms of whether or not it should be repealed. Is that correct?” Graham asked, positing that “there’s a very rigorous process in place to overturn the precedent?”
“Is there any constitutional right to a polygamous relationship?” Graham then queried.
“Let’s see,” Barrett replied, “that might be a question that could be litigated at, you know, polygamy obviously in many places is illegal, now, but that could be an issue somebody might litigate before the Court at some point.”
Judge Barrett on Tuesday refused to cite long-standing statutes that clearly state voter intimidation is illegal and it is illegal for a President to unilaterally delay an election.
“Somebody might have made the argument is possible the three people love each other, generally, and that would work this way with court if somebody wanted to make that argument,” Graham claimed.
Same-sex marriage has nothing to do with polygamy.
Good morning! @LindseyGrahamSC just conveniently followed up a question about marriage equality with a question about polygamy.
— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) October 14, 2020
Kamala Harris Destroys Amy Coney Barrett
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice president, used Judge Amy Comey Barrett’s words and deeds against her in Supreme Court confirmation hearing Tuesday evening.
Harris, a former attorney general, prosecuted Judge Barrett for her statements on abortion, then lambasted Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I would suggest that we not pretend that we don’t know how this nominee views a woman’s right to choose,” Harris concluded.
"I would suggest that we not pretend that we don't know how this nominee views a women's right to choose to make around health or decisions" — Harris has many receipts about Amy Coney Barrett's opposition to reproductive rights. pic.twitter.com/dEynOTWBRA
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 13, 2020
Senator Harris also “hurt” Judge Barrett, former Senator Claire McCaskill noted on MSNBC, when she drove a truck through Barrett’s suggestion that she doesn’t know President Trump chose her to kill ObamaCare.
"For the first time today, I think somebody has really hurt Judge Barrett's credibility," @clairecmc says, discussing Sen. Harris' questioning of Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the Affordable Care Act. pic.twitter.com/hefPBnfyus
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 14, 2020
Later, former Senator Al Franken noted that Barrett has the seal of approval from the Federalist Society, which means she’s passed all the religious right’s and Republicans’ tests.
HARRIS: Prior to your nomination, were you aware of Trump's statements pledging to strike down the ACA?
CONEY BARRETT: I don't recall hearing or seeing such statements pic.twitter.com/lKVrTste3o
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 13, 2020
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