According to the Associated Press, more than 1,500 alums of Rhodes College have come forward to pen a letter stating that they’re “firmly and passionately opposed” to the upcoming nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
President Donald Trump has had his eye on Barrett for some time and has now tapped her to fill the vacant seat left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The letter argues that Barrett, who graduated from Rhodes College in 1994, does not represent core values the liberal arts school.
The letter said, “We believe both her record and the process that has produced her nomination are diametrically opposed to the values of truth, loyalty, and service that we learned at Rhodes.”
The letter also slams Rhodes representatives who have praised Barrett- particularly meant for Rhodes President Marjorie Hass, who said in a statement that Barrett’s career has filled with “professional distinction and achievement.”
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are split about the nomination of Barrett, with Republicans eager to confirm quickly and Democrats trying to put off any confirmation until after the election in November.
A main topic of the letter was Barrett’s record regarding abortion. The AP reported that the Rhodes alums who signed the letter – all 1,513 of them – are concerned that Barrett might either vote to gut or “seriously curtail” Roe v. Wade. As an appellate judge, Barrett has at least twice sided with opinions leaning away from abortion rights, which raises flags for many Americans.
There is great cause for concern considering that back in 2006, Barrett signed off on an ad that called for the overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade, referencing the decision as “barbaric” and calling it a “raw exercise of judicial power.”
If Barrett is nominated, there will be a 6-3 conservative majority in the Supreme Court, which would be a noticeable shift in the bench’s ideology.
The Rhodes Alum letter also claims that Barrett has avoided speaking out on LGBT issues, as well as those surrounding other marginalized communities.
The letter said, “Amy Coney Barrett has repeatedly shaded the truth about her own views and past associations,” and that she “has demonstrated a judicial philosophy and record that fails to serve and protect the vulnerable in our society, including immigrants, those in the criminal justice system, and individuals reliant on the Affordable Care Act.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold hearings on Barrett’s nomination on October 12.