Judge Amy Coney Barrett has been nominated to fill Justice Ginsberg's Supreme Court spot. Judge Barrett is a Conservative Catholic judge who has openly discussed controversial topics such as her aversion to Roe v. Wade and her disapproval of the Affordable Care Act.
Considering that this replacement of Justice Ginsburg could change the political ratio of the U.S. Supreme court’s rulings for decades to come, certain LMU students are concerned and focused on the outcome of this nomination.
Morgan Bolen, a freshman recording arts major at LMU, expresses her worries by stating that Judge Barrett's "stances on abortion, birth control, gay marriage, etc. would practically set us back, and I think just the principle of these people’s lives being dictated by these policies would have a really harmful effect, especially on both physical and mental health.”
Judge Barrett intends to make multiple changes amongst the decisions of LGBTQ+, healthcare and reproductive rights issues. New college students like Bolen are opposed to Judge Barrett as a candidate because of these controversial stances. They believe that nominating Judge Barrett will restrict the rights of certain underrepresented groups throughout her lifelong term.
Those who are anticipating the reopening of in-person classes are also interested in seeing how Judge Barrett handles decisions that will change the way the United States deals with Covid-19 in the future.
Chloe Markie, a freshman film and TV production major, explains that Judge Barrett "is against the Affordable Care Act ... which with COVID could greatly impact colleges and getting healthcare for college students.”
Markie and and other students are critical of Judge Barrett’s opposition towards the Affordable Care Act because it will affect the way patients will receive access to healthcare, impact how long it will take for the national case rate to go down and essentially change the amount of time it will take schools including LMU to remain online.
Knowing the life-long impacts of choosing a new Supreme Court Justice, many LMU students are looking for ways to make their voices heard and take action regarding this decision.
The most direct way college students can take action is by contacting their state’s senators to directly explain why they either support or oppose the decision to hold hearings for Judge Barrett as a justice on the Supreme Court.
The hearings for Judge Barrett’s position on the U.S. Supreme Court are currently set to be handled Oct.12, 2020 before the Senate Judiciary Committee.