During two days of hearings, Amy Coney Barrett repeatedly refused to answer questions about her views on abortion and the future of Roe v. Wade, despite her public record opposing reproductive rights. In 2006, Barrett signed a newspaper advertisement that stated, “It’s time to put an end to the barbaric legacy of Roe v. Wade and restore laws that protect the lives of unborn children.”
Meanwhile, Barrett is facing criticism for failing to initially disclose in her Senate filings her record of speaking to anti-choice groups at Notre Dame. Barrett has already amended her filing once, after CNN uncovered evidence she gave two talks in 2013 to anti-choice groups at the school. CNN has now revealed Barrett also spoke to — or at least was scheduled to speak to — an anti-choice group in 2007. Under Senate rules, Barrett is required to provide a list of all public talks she has given in her professional career.
One unusual moment from Wednesday’s hearing occurred when Republican Senator Thom Tillis questioned Barrett about voting in the upcoming election.
Sen. Thom Tillis: “I, for one, hope that every registered voter in this country vote on November 11th. That may be a stretch goal, but do you agree with that?”
Judge Amy Coney Barrett: “Of course, yes.”