Pace law professor: Barrett would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, ‘Obamacare’

Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman predicts the overturning of many historic Supreme Court decisions if the conservative is confirmed to fill the seat.

News 12 Staff

Sep 27, 2020, 1:25 AM

Updated 1,397 days ago

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Few who News 12 spoke to Saturday were surprised by President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Her views in many ways are seen as the opposite of liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18.
Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman predicts the overturning of many historic Supreme Court decisions if the conservative is confirmed to fill the seat.
"She would vote to overturn Roe v Wade. She would vote against gay marriage. She would vote against the Affordable Care Act. Everything that Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for, she would be against," he says.
Barrett's nomination is expected to kick off a furious scramble to confirm her in the Senate before Election Day on Nov. 3.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney issued a statement:

"The rushed nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ginsburg's seat is a direct threat to millions of Americans who have benefited from the protections Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for as a lawyer and Supreme Court justice for over 60 years."

Republicans were quick to respond to the nomination, supporting what they call the president's duty to ensure that the American people have the fully-staffed Supreme Court.
"I think she's going to serve the American people with honor and distinction. I think Judge Barrett made it clear today that she understands who she's replacing. She gave respect to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and I think President Trump is following precedent by filling the seat. America deserves a supreme court of nine,” says Jason Meister, a member of the Trump 2020 Advisory Board.
Other justices have been approved in presidential election years, but none have been decided upon this close to an election.
According to NPR, Justice Ginsburg knew that a political battle was looming over her seat and dictated a statement to her granddaughter before she died: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."


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