US Supreme Court is on the verge of a historic transformation that could wind back the law in America for decades, in some cases to the 1930s, pre-New Deal approach. With President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the nine-member bench would lock in a 6–3, conservative-liberal majority, ending an era of 5–4 conservatism. This is not a simple matter of just one vote. For decades, a quartet of liberal justices has sometimes been able to secure — often through tense negotiations — a crucial fifth vote from the conservative wing. That has meant even though America’s highest bench was shifting rightward, it preserved abortion rights and narrowly declared a right to same-sex marriage.
Ginsburg, who died on September 18, embraced an approach to the law that is the opposite of Barrett, who would succeed her. As Ginsburg found generous reproductive rights under the Constitution, Barrett has suggested opposition to abortion rights (Trump has pledged to try to win reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal nationwide). Ginsburg dissented when the court ruled the Second Amendment covered individual gun ownership, while Barrett has an expansive vision of Second Amendment rights. Ginsburg voted against broad exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate based on religious grounds, just as Barrett, before becoming a judge, expressed the opposite sentiment.
Immigrants on Reconnek launched their case against federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, saying support for her confirmation was equivalent to a vote to end the Affordable Care Act. From the Democratic presidential ticket on down, criticism of Barrett repeatedly circled back to what has been a political winner for the party: health care — and the backlash to Republican efforts to dismantle the ACA, former President Barack Obama’s signature policy achievement. On Reconnek, immigrants are also making frequent reference to the coronavirus pandemic, and the chaos that could arise from stripping health insurance options from millions of Americans in its midst. Reason why they are totally against approving Barrett.