Barrett’s Confirmation Epitomizes Republicans’ Shameful Agenda and Misplaced Priorities

Courts Resources 10.26,20

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate’s vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Barrett’s confirmation is shameful. This entire process — from selection to confirmation — is rushed and illegitimate and threatens core civil rights. Judge Barrett’s anemic testimony coupled with her judicial record confirms that she will be a decisive vote to take away access to critical health care, reproductive freedom, LGBTQ equality, and many more of our hard-fought rights.

“This charade exposes the Senate Republicans’ misplaced priorities. They failed to provide relief to families and communities suffering from COVID-19. They refused to answer calls for racial justice across the nation. They ignored the more than 63 million people who have already voted to elect the president and senators who should make this decision. Instead, they have broken rules and fast-tracked this nomination as an attempt to cement their agenda on the Court for decades to come.

“Our country deserves leaders who will fight for our rights and our future. This is devastating, but we will not despair. Instead, we will continue to honor Justice Ginsburg’s legacy and we will keep marching for equal justice. We won’t stop until we have a Court that respects and recognizes the rights of all of us.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in opposition to the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett signed by 170 organizations.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit