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Barrett Belongs to Anti-Abortion Group That Believes Life Begins at Fertilization

Donald Trump’s controversial Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is already receiving harsh criticism for her extreme religious beliefs from both Democratic opposition and the media alike. Barrett belongs to a subset of the Catholic Church called People of Praise, which breaks from the more mainstream traditions of the Church’s teachings and relies instead on prophecy and hands-on healing instead of traditional medicine. Even more troubling, the group has been known to participate in ceremonies where members speak in tongues, and the women are taught to be subservient to their husbands.

A deeper dive into Barrett’s background reveals these beliefs may have influenced her decisions throughout her career as a lawyer, and later as a federal judge. In 2006, while Barrett (who is not a Rhodes Scholar, despite what Donald Trump says) worked as a law professor at Notre Dame, she and her husband were among hundreds of people who signed a full-page newspaper advertisement sponsored by St Joseph County Right to Life, an extreme anti-choice group located in the city of South Bend, which is in the region know as “Michiana”. The group’s view that life begins at fertilization – as opposed to the implantation of an embryo or a fetus being viable – did have implications for in vitro fertilization, which usually involves the creation of multiple embryos.

The ad appeared in the Indiana newspaper the South Bend Tribune, and stated in part: “We, the following citizens of Michiana, oppose abortion on demand and defend the right to life from fertilization to natural death. Please continue to pray to end abortion.”

The statement was signed by Barrett and her husband, Jesse.

Barrett’s strict anti-choice position is of major concern to pro-choice Americans, since a lifetime appointment at the age of 48 would mean not just a possible end for abortion rights entirely once conservatives gain a 6-3 majority on the court, but a future where women would lose all rights to their own body autonomy.

Democrats are also fighting the nomination as election season has already begun. Despite the GOP using every angle to justify their actions, the majority of Americans believe the vote to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should wait until after the inauguration in January. However, Senate GOP is determined to begin the nomination proceeding October 12th, with three weeks of hearings culminating in a vote on October 22nd. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised to use “every arrow in the House’s quiver” to block Barrett’s nomination.



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