Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Barrett Confirmed For 7th Circuit After Controversy Over Her Religious Beliefs

The Hill reports that the U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed the nomination of Notre Dame Law Professor Amy Coney Barrett for a seat on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Three Democrats joined Republicans to approve the nomination by a vote of 55-43.  Barrett's nomination had become controversial because of her views on reproductive rights, abortion, LGBTQ rights, as well as her statement in a 1988 law review article urging Catholic judges to recuse themselves in capital cases because of Catholic teaching opposing capital punishment. (See prior posting.) After the Senate's confirmation vote, a spokesperson for The Catholic Association said:
Amy Coney Barrett's qualifications for the federal judiciary are undisputed, but abortion industry advocates continue their smear campaign by attacking Barrett's Catholic faith.  The full Senate rejected their attempt to hang a ‘Catholics need not apply’ sign outside the Senate chamber when it considers candidates to the judiciary.