Barrett, President Donald Trump’s candidate to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, delivered the 2013 lectures – one lecture and one seminar – in her capacity as law professor at Notre Dame University. The seminar was co-sponsored by the school’s Right to Life Club and the Constitutional Studies minor, and the talk was given by the Law School Jus Vitae Club. CNN’s KFile found ads for two lectures on social media and in a weekly newsletter from Notre Dame faculty.
It is not known what was said in the two events, although both focused on cases from abortion courts. In another case, CNN’s KFile found a published talk that Barrett was giving on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. calf ̵
1; a seminar that Barrett revealed on their Senate filing – was removed from YouTube by the university in 2014. A head boy told CNN the video was now lost.
Barrett’s confirmation in the Supreme Court would strengthen his current Conservative majority and create a 6-3 block Conservative judge – and could restrict access to abortions.
Barrett’s failure to disclose the two events also raises questions about whether the questionnaire is complete or whether the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee overseeing her confirmation hearing will have consequences. Former chairs of the powerful committee halted the nomination process after the judiciary’s nominees left information out of their Senate filings, but under committee chair Lindsey Graham, that scenario is unlikely.
The committee scheduled a hearing for Barrett on October 12th to be ratified by the entire Senate before the election.
Senate Democrats on the Justice Committee sent a letter to the Justice Department this week saying Barrett left out materials on the matter Roe v. calf and asked if Barrett had left out other materials after the National Review reported that Barrett signed a letter in 2006 about a “right to life” advertisement calling for an end to the landmark legal decision.
White House spokesman Judd Deere told CNN in an email: “Judge Barrett submitted her lengthy Senate Justice questionnaire, spoke to an overwhelming majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and remains transparent throughout her verification process. She looks forward to answering questions from the senators next week. ”
A spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee told CNN that “it is normal practice” for Supreme Court candidates to update their questionnaires and noted that several current Supreme Court judges also provided updated copies.
CNN has contacted Barrett several times through their bar associations but received no response.
While Barrett’s work with anti-abortion groups has been scrutinized – including signing an advertisement for the Right to Life in 2006 – little has been researched into her work with anti-abortion groups in Notre Dame. Barrett lectured for the anti-abortion student groups while she was also a member of the University Faculty’s Notre Dame Chapter for Life That Is Strongly Against Abortion.
In 2016, the group sent a letter asking the university to revoke an award presented to then Vice President Joe Biden in recognition of his work as an American Catholic. Calling it “a scandalous violation of the university’s moral responsibility (as the American bishops wrote in 2004) never to honor those who go against basic moral principles about the sanctity of life,” the group attacked his views on abortion.
Barrett failed to post two seminars taught to students on Roe v. Wade gave
In April 2013, Barrett gave a small one-hour seminar “For Students on Law Changes and Women’s Lives After” Roe v. calf“Entitled” To be a woman after roe. ”
Places were limited to 15 students, according to a copy of the Facebook event promoting the seminar. A student publication promoted the event as an informal, small-group seminar where students can learn more from faculty members who speak out against abortion.
“The Right to Life series of seminars was launched as an opportunity for students and professors to discuss a variety of issues related to life and human dignity,” said an ad for the event.
The Conservative judge also failed to reveal that she spoke to Jus Vitae, the law school’s Right to Life Club, in November 2013 about the “Supreme Court’s abortion jurisdiction.” The law faculty promoted the lecture as a focus Roe v. calf and the subsequent cases, including those that were being heard by the lower courts at that time.
The talk Barrett published was titled “Roe at 40: The Supreme Court, Abortion, and the Subsequent Culture War,” and took place in January 2013 and was open to the university community. It was co-sponsored by the University’s minor in constitutional studies.
According to a YouTube spokesperson, the lecture video that CNN’s KFile found on the Internet Archive’s Wayback machine was promoted by the school as available on YouTube.
Of 11 talks posted as available for the school’s event, only Barrett’s was removed from YouTube.
After CNN asked for a video of the event, a university spokesman Dennis K. Brown told CNN, “We checked with the organizer of the event [sic] I have no information about what became of the video of this lecture. ”
Several publications on campus covered the event and Barrett’s remarks at the time.
The Observer, Notre Dame’s student newspaper, wrote that Barrett said, “I think it is very unlikely at this point that the court will overturn roe as if braked by [Planned Parenthood v.] Casey. The fundamental element that women have the right to choose abortion is likely to remain, “she said.
The Irish Rover, a student publication on Catholic identity, quoted Barrett as saying, “Whether or not roe being overturned is irrelevant. “The issue of abortion would return to the state level and could still be legal in certain states.
When Barrett gave lectures on abortion to groups associated with Right to Life groups on campus, Barrett was also a member of the University Chapter of the University Faculty for Life from the group’s inception in 2010-2016, according to her Senate work.
While a member of the group, the group unanimously passed a resolution on a letter asking the university to repeal an award then Vice President Biden had received for his belief in abortion.
“Notre Dame claims to award the Laetare Medal” annually to an American Catholic in recognition of outstanding service to church and society, “says the letter, but our chapter on” Faculty for Life “agrees with Bishop Kevin Rhoades agreed that awarding Vice President Biden the Laetare Medal is a scandalous violation of the university’s moral responsibility (as the American bishops wrote in 2004) to never honor those who defiantly act on basic moral principles about the sanctity of life . “
The faculty letter attacks Biden’s position on abortion because it does not want to “impose” the teachings of the Catholic Church on abortion on a woman or a doctor, supports the death penalty and “rejects the truth that human life begins at conception.” It is also said that officials like Biden “have a particularly heavy duty to save lives.”