The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday opened its four-day confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as his fellow Republicans seek to place her on the bench ahead of the November 3 presidential election in the face of firm Democratic opposition.
But she is resolved to maintain the perspective of her own mentor, the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia and "apply the law as written", according to her prepared opening remarks for the hearings. "The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try". Conversely, 73% of Republicans polled said the court should overturn the law.
"She's an originalist and she's a textualist, which means when she puts on her black robe in the morning, she knows what it means to be a judge, which is to cloak your personal preferences".
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings are set to begin Monday. She went to law school in IN, at Notre Dame, on a full scholarship. All of these results are opposed by a solid majority of the American people. She now has been a federal court of appeals judge for more than two years.
Such bans are commonplace, and experts say Barrett's view is a minority one among judges.
As the election approaches, and as the Republicans are rushing the confirmation in an unprecedented manner, Democrats must use the hearings as an opportunity to convey how much President Trump and the Republicans will undermine the rights of all Americans by putting Barrett on the Supreme Court.
"Wrapped within the whole political moment of a presidential election and a Supreme Court confirmation is the very question of, what do we want our structure of government to look like?" said Ian Prior, a senior counselor for the group.
Republican senators in 2016 would not move forward with the confirmation process for then-President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland after the passing of Justice Scalia.
Democrats on the committee, including vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris, are expected to wage a pitched battle against Barrett's confirmation, although they lack the votes to stop her nomination proceeding.
Several White House staffers and aides, who attended a formal nomination ceremony for Barrett last weekend hosted by the president at the White House Rose Garden, have tested positive as well. In 2006 while teaching law at the University of Notre Dame, Barrett, a devout Catholic, added her name to an advertisement opposing "abortion on demand" that appeared in a local newspaper in Indiana.
Questioning of the nominee will begin Tuesday and last through Wednesday. In just three years on the 7th Circuit, Barrett has twice argued for approval of abortion restrictions that violated Supreme Court precedent, Hirono said.
Voters should remember that Trump has said the reason he is "pressing for her to be seated before the election was so that she could participate in decisions about the election, if it is closely contested, and so she could help overturn the Affordable Care Act, " Coons said.
Barrett and her husband, Jesse, a lawyer, are the parents of seven children: Emma, Vivian, Tess, John Peter, Liam, Juliet, and Benjamin.
Barrett is the most openly anti-abortion Supreme Court nominee in decades and her vote could provide a majority to restrict if not overturn abortion rights. At the time, Feinstein said, "The dogma lives loudly within" Barrett.
Outside groups are pushing Democrats to make a strong case against what they call an illegitimate confirmation, when people are already voting in some states, saying the victor of the presidency should make the pick.