Abortion has been a rather sticky subject since, well, before it was even invented. But in the last week or so, basically, since the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, it has been made even more controversial.
If you haven’t been paying close attention to the topic, Barrett, nominated by President Donald Trump, is quite conservative in most beliefs. In addition, she is a rather devout Catholic, having sent five of her seven children to Catholic school so far and even presiding on the board for a number of years.
Undoubtedly, this has given the Democrats, who most often push for the “right” to abortion, reason to believe that, should Barret be confirmed in the coming weeks, she may be of the mind to overturn Roe v. Wade if given a chance.
Naturally, this has sparked much conversation of late among members of both parties. And, of course, it playing into the presidential election, as voters want to know how each candidate would handle such a situation.
The question was posed to Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Monday evening during a virtual town hall event hosted by NBC News.
When reporter Cassidy Brown asked what Biden would do “to protect women’s reproductive rights in the U.S.,” Biden didn’t hesitate to say that he would make “Roe the law of the land.”
Roe v. Wade must remain the law of the land. pic.twitter.com/1Gq6Ncc2IK
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 6, 2020
He said, “Number one, we don’t know exactly what she will do, although the expectation is that she may very well move to overrule – overview – overrule Roe. And – but the only thing, the only responsible response to that would be to pass legislation making Roe the law of the land. That’s what I would do.”
Now, this interesting for several reasons.
One is that Joe Biden himself, like Barrett, professes to be a devout Catholic, which would insinuate that he does not personally agree with abortion. However, like most Democratic Catholics, it appears he is willing to overlook others’ choices on the matter so as not to offend anyone – taking a hands-off approach to the topic and letting others fight over it.
Another is precisely what he says, or at least the first part of it. “We don’t know exactly what she will do.” The Democrats, and therefore, Biden’s opinion, is that she, like any self-respecting partisan politician, will do what she wants and what is best for her party alone, i.e., condemning abortion on a national level and making it illegal once more.
However, neither her personality nor her history as a jurist and judge seems to confirm this idea.
In fact, on a number of occasions, her record proves that she is more than willing to put her own ideas and beliefs aside for the good of the nation or at least for those intimately involved in any case. And she has even said as much.
When asked by Senator Chuck Grassley recently of her religious views and how they might affect her rulings in the Supreme Court, she said, “It’s never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge’s personal convictions, whether they derive from faith or anywhere else, on the law.”
This answer, plus her record of over 100 rulings over the years, gives us reason to believe that if Roe v. Wade were overturned in the future, it would actually be Barrett who might provide the most resistance among her party’s justices.
Over the years, she has proved that while in court, she places the highest priority on what is called an originalist judicial philosophy or one that puts the intentions of the Founding Fathers Constitution above all else. And considering the decision of Roe v. Wade was already decided upon based on the Constitution, Barrett would likely require strong proof that it was constitutional before she would overturn the ruling.
Not that the Democrats, who seem to run on fear, would think to consider any of those points. Instead, they would assume that she, like them, are fueled by party causes only. And you know what they say about people who assume…