Over the course of her career, Judge Amy Coney Barrett has repeatedly stood against marginalized communities and those who lack power—precisely the people the law is intended to protect. She has ruled to uphold workplace discrimination, deny asylum and other types of relief to immigrants, and weaken the rights of incarcerated individuals and women, just to name a few examples.
As a progressive policy think tank created by the next generation and for those who are most impacted by our policies, Next100 is deeply alarmed that an individual of her ideology, who is so drastically out of step with the diversity of America, could receive a lifetime appointment, approved by Senators who represent a minority of Americans. Whoever is confirmed to our highest court will leave an indelible mark on American democracy, deciding the future of healthcare, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, equitable access to public education, the right to a healthy climate, the very ability to cast a ballot, and much more. Appointing someone to the bench who believes that the job of public policy is to protect the powerful over the marginalized all but guarantees that hard won rights and freedoms will be rolled back.
Judge Barrett’s likely confirmation—and the nomination process to get us here—is an affront to our democracy and to future generations. It is an insult to the late Justice Ginsburg, much of whose life’s work Judge Barrett seeks to invalidate, and to all Americans who look to the Supreme Court as our last bastion of equal treatment under the law. The Senate must not confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett.