The appointment of the first mother with school-aged children to the Supreme Court would be a setback for women, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont insisted Monday.
Leahy’s comment came during a day of senatorial opening statements on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the court.
In her opening statement, a copy of which was released Sunday, Barrett noted that she would be the first mother with school-aged children appointed to the court, a point made by President Donald Trump when he nominated her.
But to Leahy, minorities and women have been struck with fear at the prospect of Barrett joining the court.
Sen. Patrick Leahy tells judge Amy Coney Barrett that his constituents are “scared that the clock would be turned back to a time when women had no right to control their own bodies and when it was acceptable to discriminate against women in the workplace.” https://t.co/287bRvyVxi pic.twitter.com/FK1bYTA5mo
— ABC News (@ABC) October 12, 2020
“They’re scared that the clock would be turned back to a time when women had no right to control their own bodies. And when it was acceptable to discriminate against women in the workplace,” Leahy said.
“They’re scared that at a time when we’re facing the perilous impacts of climate change, bedrock environmental protections are going to be eviscerated. And they’re scared that your confirmation will result in the rolling back of voting rights, workers’ rights and the rights of the LGBTQ community to equal treatment.”
Many on Twitter pushed back against Leahy.
Democrats’ attacks on Judge Barrett are totally disingenuous.
A mother of 7 whose own children faced “pre-existing medical challenges, is just itching to block families like hers from accessing medical care”?@senatemajldr is right: “What a joke”pic.twitter.com/NeN28CTZKB
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) October 12, 2020
In her opening statement, Barrett sought to issue a pre-emptive strike against critics who claim she will make policy on the bench.
“Courts have a vital responsibility to enforce the rule of law, which is critical to a free society. But courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life,” she wrote.
“The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People. The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try.”
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