Amy Coney Barret Op-Ed

Amy Coney Barret Op-Ed

Ruby Sklar

Amy Coney Barret assumed a position on the Supreme Court, being preceded by Ruth Bader Ginsberg, on October 27, 2020, after being nominated by Donald J. Trump. President Trump fast-tracked the nomination of Barret, swinging the Supreme Court to the right for years to come. The Supreme Court interprets the Constitution in conjunction with current laws that are proposed by Congress, the legislative branch. Amy Coney Barrett’s position as a part of the highest court in the United States is detrimental to the rights and liberties of America’s citizens. 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted by President Obama in 2010 to facilitate access to healthcare, following an increase in low-income families with “incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level.” In the past few weeks, the fate of the Affordable Care Act has become unpredictable, leaving millions at risk of losing access to their healthcare amid a pandemic. The United States has been devastated in 2020 by the death of 225,000 Americans and the infection of 9 million with COVID-19. On Nov. 10 Amy Coney Barrett is going to hear a case on the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, due to “concerns the law’s ‘individual mandate’ – the requirement that Americans have health insurance or pay a monetary penalty.” The repeal of the affordable care act would be detrimental to the 8.3 million Americans a part of the system, especially amid a worldwide pandemic. 

Amy Coney Barrett’s initiation into the Supreme Court has driven voters, specifically women, to the polls due to women’s rights being called into question by the new Supreme Court Justice. Access to abortion, equal pay, parental leave, and affordable childcare are fundamental rights of women that are now at risk in the United States in the coming years. It was in 1973 that a Supreme Court case is known as Roe v. Wade, “…in a 7-2 decision, [affirmed] the legality of a woman’s right to have an abortion under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. The Court held that a woman’s right to an abortion fell within the right to privacy).” Roe v. Wade progressed women’s rights during the 20th century, driving the feminist movement and continues to protect the rights of women to have a choice over their bodies today. In recent years, women have protested that “women’s rights are human rights.” The progress of women’s rights is now called into question by Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment into the Supreme Court, now the court is 3-6 democrats to Republicans. Donald Trump appointed Barrett as a member of the Supreme Court due to her willingness to sign acts and ratify laws to reverse the impact of Roe v. Wade which President Trump promised. Barrett’s pro-life stance in the Supreme Court has the potential to set back women’s rights in the United States. 

Amy Coney Barrett’s stance on the Affordable Care Act and women’s rights have driven women and people under the poverty line into the polls to access the rights and services of which are obtainable currently.