Who is US supreme court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett?
The confirmation process to appoint Amy Coney Barrett, a deeply conservative judge who is Donald Trump’s pick for supreme court judge, has begun. Guardian US investigative journalist Stephanie Kirchgaessner has been looking at her career and personal life, including membership to the secretive Catholic group People of Praise, and discusses what her appointment would mean for the US
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If Donald Trump has his way then he will use the few weeks remaining before Americans go to the polls on 3 November to install his choice as the ninth supreme court justice. If successful, it would mean replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a ferocious campaigner for women’s rights whose work turned her into a liberal icon, with Amy Coney Barrett, a deeply conservative judge whose values push in the opposite direction. The move would shift the balance so starkly in America’s highest court that some fear it could lead to key rulings protecting civil rights being overturned – and possibly hamper the ability of Democrats to change laws for decades to come.
The Guardian US investigative journalist Stephanie Kirchgaessner talks to Anushka Asthana about Barrett’s career and personal life – including membership of a secretive Catholic “covenant community” called People of Praise that is accused of adhering to a “highly authoritarian” structure. She discusses Barrett’s views on abortion and the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that extended health insurance to millions of Americans. If she is confirmed before the election, one of Barrett’s first cases could determine the fate of that act.
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