Opinion: Coney Barrett is unfit for the Supreme Court


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President Donald Trump nominated judge Amy Coney Barrett to precede Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Matt Olson, Reporter

As of Oct. 26, Amy Coney Barrett was officially sworn in as the new Supreme Court Justice, and unless you are a heterosexual Christian white man, you should be concerned. Justice Coney Barrett has been very open about her plans concerning social issues such as abortion, LGBT+ rights, and immigration. 

According to NBC News, when it comes to women’s reproductive rights, Justice Coney Barrett’s plan is to overrule the Roe v. Wade decision. The ruling of Roe v. Wade states that abortion is a constitutional right. 

I believe this is a problem for a number of reasons. For example, without access to safe abortions, people will have no choice but to opt for unsafe and unpredictable methods, and according to americanprogress.org, states with more abortion restrictions have higher rates of maternal and infant mortality. In addition to restricting access to abortions, the line between what is considered an abortion and what is considered birth control is blurred. 

NBC News states that many anti-abortion organizations consider birth control to be an abortifacient because it prevents implantation of a fertilized egg. To me, this mindset is dangerous and will inevitably lead to an increase of unplanned or unwanted pregnancies.

Abortion laws are not the only things in jeopardy as a result of Coney Barrett becoming a Supreme Court Justice. LGBT+ rights are also at risk, seeing that Justice Coney Barrett wants to revoke Fulton V. City of Philadelphia, according to an NBC News article. Fulton V. City of Philadelphia determines whether faith based child welfare agencies are legally permitted to turn away same sex couples. She is also looking to eventually overturn the case that made same sex marriage legal, Obergefell V. Hodges. Not only does she want to prevent same sex couples to be able to adopt children and get married, but she also wants to revoke anti-discrimination laws in the workplace for members of the LGBT+ community. 

One of the main reasons President Donald Trump chose Justice Coney Barrett is because she is very likely to uphold his policies on subjects such as immigration. Stated in an article by azcentral.com, Justice Coney Barrett plans to continue the rollback of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is a program created by former President Barack Obama that allows immigrant children to apply for temporary protection from deportation. The rollback of this program would not only impact individuals relying on DACA, but will also negatively affect the economy.

To me, there is no denying that Justice Coney Barrett’s views blatantly discriminate against minorities. Her policies and opinions manage to negatively impact all except the white man. For the reasons aforementioned, I believe Justice Coney Barrett should never have been sworn in. From this point on, it will only do harm unto marginalized groups of people in America.