Sen. Hirono on Barrett Confirmation: ‘Rights…Are at Risk: LGBTQ Rights, Voting Rights, Women’s Equality’

By CNSNews.com Staff | October 26, 2020 | 4:30pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Mazie Hirono (D.-Hawaii) gave a speech on the Senate floor on Sunday saying that confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court would put the “rights” of Americans at risk.

“Judge Barrett’s alignment with Justice Scalia, her radical views on Supreme Court precedent, and her disregard for real-world impacts on her decision making as a judge,” Hirono said, “show how many rights and protections are at risk: LGBTQ rights, voting rights, women’s equality, healthcare—you name it.”

“As a member of the Seventh Circuit,” Hirono said, “Judge Barrett has also demonstrated a willingness to signal her views on precedent that could have significant implications if she is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

“One example came in Price v. City of Chicago, where Judge Barrett joined a decision that upheld the so-called abortion clinic buffer zone law,” said Hirono.

“The decision made clear that her circuit court was forced to uphold this law under the Supreme Court precedent, but it signaled a strong disagreement with that precedent,” Hirono explained. “The decision, which she joined, criticized the precedent as ‘incompatible’ with the First Amendment and ‘impos[ing] serious burdens.’”

Here is a transcript of the part of Hirono’s speech where she says Barrett’s confirmation would put “many rights and protections are at risk:”

Sen. Mazie Hirono: “As a member of the Seventh Circuit, Judge Barrett has also demonstrated a willingness to signal her views on precedent that could have significant implications if she is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

“One example came in Price v. City of Chicago, where Judge Barrett joined a decision that upheld the so-called abortion clinic buffer zone law. The decision made clear that her circuit court was forced to uphold this law under the Supreme Court precedent, but it signaled a strong disagreement with that precedent. The decision, which she joined, criticized the precedent as ‘incompatible’ with the First Amendment and ‘impos[ing] serious burdens.'

“Judge Barrett’s alignment with Justice Scalia, her radical views on Supreme Court precedent, and her disregard for real-world impacts on her decision making as a judge show how many rights and protections are at risk: LGBTQ rights, voting rights, women’s equality, healthcare—you name it.”

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