Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Monday (September 28) warned against President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, saying her record on abortion flies in the face of the legacy left by liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg whom she would be replacing on the court.
“Judge Barrett has a long record of opposing abortion and reproductive rights,” Harris said during a North Carolina campaign stop “There is no other issue that so disrespects and dishonors the work of Justice Ginsburg’s life than undoing the seminal decision in the court’s history that made it clear a woman has the right to make decisions about her own body,” she added, in reference to the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion.
Trump on Saturday announced Barrett, 48, as his selection to replace Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18 at age 87.
Democratic opposition to Barrett has so far been focused on her possible role as a deciding vote in a case before the Supreme Court in which Trump and fellow Republicans are asking the justices to strike down the Obamacare health law known formally as the Affordable Care Act. If confirmed quickly, Barrett could be on the bench when the justices hear oral arguments on Nov. 10.
A key provision of the law that would be thrown out if the court struck it down requires insurance companies to provide coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
Harris also warned that the prolonged medical problems associated with the COVID pandemic could likely become the next series of preexisting conditions for impacted Americans.
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