“I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution.”

Did anyone else tear themselves away from ESPN to catch a little C-SPAN this weekend? After so much buzz last week, President Trump formally nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, September 26th.

Americans United for Life was the first pro-life organization to call on the President to nominate Judge Barrett, and we are thrilled to support her confirmation. Last week I urged the President to nominate Judge Barrett because of her record as an originalist thinker who sees the role of the judiciary as apolitically interpreting the law.  

While accepting the nomination, Judge Barrett stated that she shares the judicial philosophy of her mentor, Judge Antonin Scalia, saying: “A judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policymakers and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold.”  

Judge Barrett is respected by colleagues and students across the political spectrum. Notre Dame Law School colleague Carter Snead writes in the Washington Post:  

“At a time when there is so much to worry about in our troubled nation, having a Supreme Court justice who brings such honesty and integrity to her work should be the least of our fears.” 

If confirmed, Judge Barrett will be the first mom with school-age kids to serve on the Supreme Court. She brings a diversity of experience that will enrich the bench, carrying on the trailblazing legacy of fellow working mom Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  

Could Ginsburg have imagined, when she was graduating law school top of her class without job offers because she was a woman and a mother, that someday the president would choose her successor for the Supreme Court from a group of qualified, talented working moms? That a mother of seven whose husband gladly shares household responsibilities so she can excel in her profession would be one of five talented, working moms in the running for our nation’s top law job?