U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett told senators on Monday in the opening statement of her high-stakes confirmation hearing this week that she will approach cases based on the law, not her personal views, as Democrats urged her to step aside on an upcoming challenge to the Obamacare law and any potential election-related disputes.
“A judge must apply the law as written, not as she wishes it were,” she said.
A four-day Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for the conservative appellate court judge began Monday, a key step before a final full Senate vote by the end of October on her nomination for a lifetime job on the court.
Barrett, 48, said it will be an “honour of a lifetime” to serve alongside the current eight justices and explained how she approaches cases.
“When I write an opinion resolving a case, I read every word from the perspective of the losing party. I ask myself how would I view the decision if one of my children was the party I was ruling against,” she said.
Barrett’s confirmation to replace the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would create a 6-3 conservative majority on the court that could lead to rulings rolling back abortion rights, expanding religious and gun rights, and upholding Republican-backed voting restrictions, among other issues.
Democratic opposition to Barrett on policy issues has focused on her possible role in deciding a case before the Supreme Court in which Trump and Republican-led states are seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care law, often called Obamacare.
Barrett is set to face questions from senators on Tuesday and Wednesday, starting with Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, for what promises to be gruelling all-day sessions.
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