Judge Amy Coney Barrett has been confirmed to the US Supreme Court by the Senate, giving the highest court in the land a 6-3 conservative majority.
Barrett’s confirmation will be seen as highly controversial, given that she took her oath of office at the White House alongside President Trump, just a week before the general election. Republicans refused to hold hearings for Barrack Obama’s final nominee, Merrick Garland, citing the fact that it was his final year in office and that they’d rather wait for the American public to elect the next president.
The final tally for senate votes was 52-48 in favour of confirmation, with just one Republican, Susan Collins (Maine) voting against the motion, with the 67-year-old facing a tough re-election campaign in her state. Not a single Democrat voted to confirm President Trump’s third Supreme Court nomination, according to BBC.
Many Americans are concerned about Barrett’s conservative leanings, which could result in a Supreme Court ruling against the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), as well as the Roe v Wade precedent that legalised abortion in the United States in the 1970s.
“She’s a conservative woman who embraces her faith, she’s unabashedly pro-life but she’s not going to apply ‘the law of Amy’ to all of us’,” said the committee chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said late Saturday on Fox, as reported by The San Francisco Chronicle.
Amy Coney Barrett, who previously served as a federal judge in Indiana, will take her place in the Supreme Court as a replacement for liberal icon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away in September.
She will be the third justice appointed by Donald Trump, following his appointments of Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.