October 13, 2020
Here are some significant developments:
- In response to the first round of questions, Barrett refused to say whether she agreed with her late boss and mentor Justice Antonin Scalia when he said the landmark case Roe v. Wade guaranteeing a woman’s right to abortion was wrongly decided. She did say that in 2006 she signed a statement that supported “right to life from conception to natural death.” She says it was “consistent with the views of my church.”
- Democrats cast Barrett as a conservative ideologue whose confirmation to the high court would threaten the Affordable Care Act. Republicans tried to deflect the Democrats’ focus on health care and defended Barrett from the assumption that she would be an automatic vote to dismantle the landmark law.
- Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who had contracted covid-19, released a letter Tuesday from his physician saying he has been cleared to participate in person at the confirmation hearings. The letter says the senator has met the criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but it makes no mention of whether Tillis has tested negative for coronavirus.
- A slight majority of American voters oppose holding confirmation hearings now, although opposition has eased since Trump announced his choice to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.