The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court will now go to the full Senate for a confirmation vote, which is expected to take place late Oct. 26. Only 51 one votes are needed for confirmation.
The Oct. 12 start of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett had two distinct focuses. Democratic senators homed in on concern that Barrett’s confirmation would lead to a vote to potentially overturn the Affordable Care Act when the legislation comes before the nation’s high court in November.
Dr. Catherine Ruth Pakaluk is Assistant Professor of Social Research and Economic Thought at The Catholic University of America in Washington. She is the Director of the American Family and Fertility Project, a multi-year, multi-phase project examining the contours of American childbearing and family formation.
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing begins Monday, Oct. 12, and a longtime friend and former colleague said the judge is ready for a new round of tough questions.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, has drawn scrutiny for her Catholic faith by those who worry she would be open to overturning Roe vs. Wade. Barrett has said judges must rule according to what the law says, not what their hearts tell them.
If Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, she will be the first Notre Dame Law School graduate to sit on the bench of the nation’s highest court and the only sitting justice with a law degree not from Harvard or Yale.
The president described Barrett as “one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds.”
Speculation swirls about two potential nominees to the Supreme Court — Judge Amy Coney Bryant and Judge Barbara Lagoa, both Catholics. Analysts question how religious faith would influence their rulings on cases involving abortion and other issues.