WASHINGTON – Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Amy Coney Barrett faced new questions at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, with Republican chairman praising him as “a shameless man for life” as Democrats worried he could vote to overturn a 1973 legal abortion nationwide.
Barrett, the former provincial judge of the appellate appeals president of the Republic who was elected for the third time in a life service in the U.S. Supreme Court, was on the third day of his four-day Senate committee confirmation hearing.
“This is the history of the people,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, chair of the panel. “For the first time in American history we have appointed a woman who is not ashamed to support her life and who accepts her religion without apology, and goes to court. A chair at the table is waiting for you. ”
“It will be a great signal to all young women who share your vision for the world,” added Graham.
When questioned by Graham, Barrett reiterated what was said Tuesday that the historic 1973 decision of Roe v. He even acknowledged that the woman’s constitutional right to abort was not “the most important thing” that could ever be changed.
Barrett, a devout Catholic and a favorite of the laity, told the committee on Tuesday that he could set aside his beliefs when making judgments.
Barrett will be the fifth woman to serve in court and the second nominee in the Republic.
During the 11-hour interrogation on Tuesday, he was avoiding questions about public disputes and told the committee he was not concerned about issues such as the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. Democrats say Barrett’s ratification will threaten the health care of millions of Americans and say the Senate should not consider filling the vacancy until after the presidential election.
Barrett, 48, could move the court to the right, giving the presiding judges 6-3. The Republicans have a majority of the Senate at 53-47, making Barrett’s assertion a visible guarantee.
Barrett declined to say whether he would withdraw from the crucial Obamacare case, which will be heard on November 10, when Trump-led and Republican states seek to undermine the law. He said the case focused on a different legal issue than the two previous Supreme Court decisions in favor of Obamacare.
Responding to Democrats’ proposal to vote to pass the entire law if one section is found to be illegal, Barrett on Wednesday told Graham that when the judges discussed the legal question raised in the case, it was a “guess” that Congress did not intend for the entire law to fall.
Barrett agreed with Graham that if the law was not complied with, it was the judge’s duty to do so. Barrett has stated that he agrees with the broader study of the “doctrine of failure” in which the courts feel that when one law is illegal, Congress will demand that the entire system remain in place.
“I think that as it tries to do what Congress wants, it is the court and Congress that are working together,” Barrett said of the doctrine.
Barrett on Tuesday also declined to say whether the 2015 decision to allow same-sex marriage across the country was improperly decided. Barrett has diverted Democrats’ questions about whether he will take part in any debate from the November 3 presidential election, promising to follow only the rules that give judges the final say in rejection.
Trump has called on the Senate, led by other Republicans, to confirm Barrett ahead of election day. Trump said he expects the Supreme Court to decide on the election results as he faces Democratic Alliance challenge Joe Biden.
The trial is set to end on Thursday with evidence from outside witnesses, and the Republicans are already preparing for a committee vote next week.
Trump appointed Barrett to his post on September 26 to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The four-day confirmation hearing is an important step ahead of the full Senate vote due to the end of October with Barrett’s confirmation.