Meet the judge set to replace RBG

Judge Amy Cohen Barrett speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House after being nominated to the U.S Supreme Court on September 26, 2020

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Judge Amy Cohen Barrett speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House after being nominated to the U.S Supreme Court on September 26, 2020

The death of the longest-serving Jewish Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg(RBG) this past September led everyone to wonder who would replace her. Meet Amy Cohen Barrett of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Barrett graduated top of her class at Rhodes College and Notre Dame Law School. Barrett also clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia before she pursued a career as a litigator and professor as researched by Politico. Barrett is also a happily married mother of 7 children, two of which she adopted

 While President Donald Trump was quick to name Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee, her views are already in question. 

There are those with the opinion paralleling Julianna Snell’s, a student at Murray high school, who says, “She’s not fit for her position[and that] we need someone who is going to be neutral about things that have to deal with reproductive rights…she’s come in already supporting the pro-life movement.” 

Many left-wing voters are concerned about the substantial shift in the court. RBG was a cornerstone in the liberal wing of the court, whereas Barrett will be a swaying conservative force. If confirmed, she will move the court decisively to the right. Barrett has an almost spotless conservative record, ruling right on cases concerning highly debated issues such as abortion, gun rights, and immigration. 

“I hope she will be just as wise and insightful,” Brook Stonebraker responded when asked if Barrett would live up to RBG’s transformative legacy.

Will Barrett will be a surprising savior or the end to Roe v. Wade’s predominant precedent? Only time will tell.