• Makayla White

Amy Coney Barrett On The Supreme Court

Updated: Nov 22, 2020

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There is a lot happening in the world right now, the most influential event being the Presidential Election. However, today we are going to be focusing on Amy Coney Barrett. Amy Coney Barrett is an American lawyer, jurist, and former academic who serves as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She began serving as of October 27, 2020, replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also referred to as RBG. Mrs. Barrett was nominated by Donald Trump.

In recent interviews, she has stated her view on serious topics that involve basic human rights, rights that are now in jeopardy due to her new position in the Supreme Court. A few examples of those basic rights are, abortion rights, paid leave, affordable childcare, equal pay, voting rights, racial justice, and LGBTQ+ equality. These rights are now on the line and could be revoked and/or dramatically changed in a negative way. 

Replacing RBG with Amy Barrett is a big step back. Everything that RBG fought for and represented are now being fought against and reversed. RBG battled for the rights of women and other marginalized groups throughout her entire career, whereas Amy Barrett is looking at doing the exact opposite by taking away those rights through limiting access to women’s healthcare. 

For example, abortion is a serious and big topic that is talked about a lot. If it's not your body, then it's none of your business. Just like a man would not want anyone telling him when he should or should not get a vasectomy, a woman should have the right to do what they want with their own body. The fact that anyone may have that right to tell someone else what they have to do with their body's sickening and a form of injustice. 

We need to continue to fight for our rights of equality. People, such as RBG, have worked hard in the past to get us our freedoms and justices that we have today. We can not let the setback of one person's views stop us from fighting, speaking out, and continuing the continued progress for freedoms and justices for our future. 

-Makayla White TeensForWomen Head Editor

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