- A letter signed by 1,513 Rhodes College alums challenges Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination in a letter, arguing that her records do not reflect the values of the school she and the alums attended.
- “We believe that both their record and the process that led to their nomination are diametrically opposed to the values of truth, loyalty and service that we learned in Rhodes,” the letter said.
- The alumni also argued in the letter that Barrett could vote for Roe v. To core or “seriously curtail” Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that constitutionally supported abortion.
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Barrett, President Donald Trump’s choice to replace the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee in 1994.
The letter argues that Barrett does not represent the values of the Liberal Arts School.
“We believe that both their record and the process that led to their nomination are diametrically opposed to the values of truth, loyalty and service that we learned in Rhodes,” the letter said.
The letter also criticizes representatives in Rhodes who praised Barrett after Rhodes President Marjorie Hass said in a statement that Barrett’s career was marked by “professional distinction and achievement,” the AP reported.
The nomination turns out to be controversial as legislators feel divided on both sides. Republicans are largely eager to uphold Barrett, while Democrats are calling for the next Supreme Court justice to be ruled by the President-elect in November.
The letter dealt specifically with Barrett’s record of abortion. The 1,513 Rhodes alums who signed the letter argued that Barrett could vote in favor of Roe v. Coreing or “seriously curtailing” Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that constitutionally supports abortions, the AP reported. At least twice as an appellate judge, Barrett has been on the side of opposing views of abortion rights, according to the AP.
Back in 2006, Barrett signed a two-page print ad in which the overthrow of Roe v. Wade was challenged. The advertisement described the landmark decision as “barbaric” and described it as “the brutal exercise of judicial power,” the Guardian reported.
If Barrett were nominated, he would give the Supreme Court a conservative majority of 6-3 and shift the court’s ideological balance more to the right.
The letter also accuses Barrett of avoiding questions that affect her view of LGBT groups and other marginalized communities.
“Amy Coney Barrett has repeatedly eclipsed the truth about her own views and previous associations,” the letter said of the criminal justice system and those in need of the Affordable Care Act. “
The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed on Saturday that it is ready to hold hearings on Barrett’s nomination for the bank on October 12.