President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has ignited an intense partisan dispute as well as triggering intense public scrutiny of Barrett’s personal life.
Barrett seems qualified to assume the position of Supreme Court Justice due to her background as a law professor at Notre Dame and a federal judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Senate Democrats are almost certainly going to vote against Barrett’s confirmation and oppose her legal philosophy of originalism. But the left-wing opposition to Barrett goes well beyond her legal experience or jurisprudential disagreements on how to interpret the Constitution. Barrett’s lived experience as a devout Catholic and conservative woman and mother disproves several liberal fantasies of how womanhood should be defined.