If she is confirmed by the Senate, Judge Barrett's appointment would give the nine-member court six conservative justices. Democrats warn Barrett's confirmation would nearly certainly undo Americans' health care protections as the high court takes up a case against the Affordable Care Act in the fall.
"Barrett's history of hostility toward reproductive health and rights, expanded health care access, and more demonstrate that she will put Justice Ginsburg's long record of ensuring that everyone receives equal justice under the law at risk", Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement.
Trump said, "Perhaps it will, perhaps it won't", in an interview shortly after the announcement with Fox News Channel that aired Sunday. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Harris say the seat shouldn't be filled until voters choose the next president.
Democrats and women's rights advocates fear Judge Barrett, a socially conservative jurist, could play a decisive role in any ruling overturning the 1973 judgment to legalise abortion, known as Roe v Wade. I don't see any reason why you shouldn't. 'We'll have time to think about that argument and to do something about it. It is her work on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and her scholarly writing and commentary that has the left so concerned and the right singing her praises. "She has also written almost 100 opinions in an impressive judicial track record that demonstrates superb temperament, judicial restraint, and a firm commitment to following the rule of law and upholding the Constitution".
"You know, only time can tell what will happen to any one precedent". That covers a lot of people. "We will not let the infection that President Trump has injected into the presidency and into Congress, that has paralyzed our politics and pitted Americans against each other, spread to the United States Supreme Court". In essence, the Supreme Court upheld the position that Judge Barrett and Judge Easterbrook took. "And that's part of the problem", Kennedy said.
"Obamacare will be replaced with a MUCH better, and FAR cheaper, alternative if it is terminated in the Supreme Court", tweeted Trump, referring to his own health care plan unveiled several days ago. "I think it would be nice to do".
Later on Saturday evening, he drew cheers from supporters at a campaign rally in Middletown, Pennsylvania, when he called Mrs Barrett "an extraordinary scholar" who would defend their "God-given rights and freedoms".
Durbin said he wants to be "respectful" although "we disagree on some things".
Coons then criticized Trump for continuing his efforts to overturn the ACA, before pointing to Barrett's past remarks that are critical of rulings that upheld it.
This marks the first time since 1956 that a U.S. president has moved to fill a Supreme Court vacancy so close to an election.
"Excellent idea! And if you & all your Dem colleagues boycott the hearing altogether, we'll avoid the political circus & the desperate attempts to smear Judge Barrett and her family", Cruz said. "I can say this: that she is certainly conservative in her views and her rulings. We must listen to them now", he said. "And I'm going to make it very clear". She has demonstrated beyond question that she is unafraid of going where the law directs her as opposed to being driven by her personal preferences.
In remarks on Sunday, the former vice president sidestepped any talk of expanding the court (from 9 to 15 justices) to counter conservative gains should he defeat President Donald Trump in November and Democrats regain a Senate majority.
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