The Politics of Naming A Supreme Court Justice

Jay Rickard and Senior Reporter

With the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader, leaders are on the search for a new justice. Whoever President Donald Trump chooses to appoint will affect everyone, but mostly the younger generations, such as women’s rights, LGBTQ+ issues, and others. The list of candidates includes: Amy Coney Barrett, Barbara Lagoa, and Allison Jones Rushing. While President Trump has stated that he will appoint a woman, he also has a few male candidates in mind according to CNN. 

Amy Coney Barrett, the President’s apparent favorite, is favored by conservatives because of her alleged stance on many controversial issues. However, liberals are worried about her views and involvement in a religious organization some believe degrade the status of women. According to a report in The New York Times, Amy Coney Barrett meets Donald Trump’s two main litmus tests: She has made clear she would invalidate the A.C.A. and take health care away from millions of people and undermine a woman’s reproductive freedom,” said Nan Aron, the president of Alliance for Justice, a liberal group.” As well as long time mentor and judge, Patrick J. Schiltz, stating that Her religious convictions are pro-life, and she lives those convictions”. With her views on abortion and healthcare, this could mean a lot of things for the generations to come. The main one obviously being that a woman will not have legal say in what happens when it comes to reproductive rights. While aborion is legal now, her views may influence that law to change. 

Barbara Lagoa is another conservative judge, but unlike Barrett, her views are more law focused, rather than religiously. She’s pro-bono, meaning professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment. Unlike traditional volunteering, it uses the specific skills of professionals to provide services to those who are unable to afford them. This is a benefit for the poorer classes, and could help them get out of any sort of financial crisis. According to Sun Sentimental, “Lagoa sided with the majority this month in upholding a state law that requires Floridians with felony convictions to pay off all their fines and fees before they can vote in elections.” This law could help in the future with elections, having people who are clear minded would make more of a solid decision. 

Allison Jones Rushing is the third potential candidate listed. Reports from the Human Rights Campaign suggest that Rushing is an ally of an anti-LGBTQ+ organization Defense Against Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman for federal purposes and allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. That alone would cause problems for anyone in the LGBTQ+ community when it comes to the courtroom.