Hirono: Can ACB Separate Views on Abortion, LGBTQ Rights?

Hirono: Can ACB Separate Views on Abortion, LGBTQ Rights?

September 29, 2020

Monday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Sen. Mazie Hirono questioned whether Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett can set aside “her deeply-held views on issues like abortion” and be “a fair and objective Supreme Court justice.”

Host Joe Scarborough suggested condescendingly that “practicing Catholics and devout Christians” cannot be effective judges, and Hirono replied, “The issue is whether she can separate her deeply-held views on issues like abortion, LGBTQ rights, whether she can separate her deeply-held views from her ability to be fair and objective as a justice sitting there for years making decisions that impact all of our lives, starting with the Affordable Care Act.

“I have concerns about her willingness to, you know, to overturn Supreme Court precedent…” Hirono added. “And so, I would like to know what kind of factors would she apply in her determination that a previous Supreme Court decision was wrong. And so, Roe v. Wade is a previous Supreme Court decision. That’s a precedent. So, I would like to know because she has expressed a willingness to overturn precedent based on her own view of the Constitution. I think it is really important for the American people to understand what those parameters will be because there are a lot of Supreme Court precedents that she could overturn based on what she’s laid out for us.”

In other words, Hirono is worried that Barrett will overturn the kinds of unconstitutional precedents Democrats favor.

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