Last night, the Senate confirmed Justice Amy Barrett To the Supreme Court in a 52-48 vote. Senator Susan Collins of Maine was the only Republican to vote against the confirmation, writing, “The decision on the nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy should be made by whoever is elected on November 3rd.”
Americans are either fearful of her confirmation or optimistic. Those who do not support Justice Barrett fear she will overturn Roe V. Wade and the Affordable Care Act, policies that would limit legal abortion and abolish a health care plan that provides coverage for older Americans and Americans with pre-existing conditions. Supporters of the Justice are optimistic she will support conservative values and interpret the Constitution literally, much like the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Prior to her confirmation, democrats protested one of the hearings, and left photos of disabled Americans on their vacant seats, claiming that Barrett would rip away healthcare for 23 million Americans. Minority Senator Leader Chuck Schumer called this confirmation process “one of the darkest days in Senate history.”
With the Supreme Court now having a 6-3 conservative majority, it is expected that for decades to come, many decisions could be made from a conservative perspective on the law, and our democracy might look different than it did in previous years.