Multiple sources are reporting that we should expect President Trump to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court later today. As students and members of the Notre Dame community, we strongly oppose this nomination.
Judge Barrett’s nomination is indicative of the singular carelessness of this administration for anyone other than 45’s base. As a professor here at Notre Dame, she has written dismissively of following Supreme Court precedent. In her short time as a judge on the 7th Circuit, Judge Barrett has shown great hostility toward the Affordable Care Act, which will go before the court on Nov. 10. Her record also indicates that, as a final arbiter of Constitutional freedoms, she will eviscerate abortion, LGBTQ+, immigration, and civil rights, threatening the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable people of our country. It’s shameful that our university continues to benefit from and legitimize this proto-fascist administration by directly cooperating with its efforts to deny bodily autonomy to people who can become pregnant. To laud the selection of Judge Barrett to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg is to cheer for basic freedoms being stripped from vulnerable people in the near future. It’s disturbing that, with this nomination, Notre Dame’s legacy will be further tied to the erosion of democracy and the perpetuation of gender injustice under Trump-Pence.