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CFJ Applauds Choice of Barrett and Dispels Myths

The following is the statement of Committee for Justice president Curt Levey on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court:

Washington, D.C. -- The Committee for Justice applauds President Trump for selecting Judge Barrett, a nominee who is committed to conservative judicial principles and whose intellect and character is widely admired across the legal community.

Conservatives are excited by Judge Barrett's nomination not because she will vote the "right" way on particular issues, but because she is committed to principles such as textualism and originalism, which require that our Constitution and other laws be interpreted as written, rather than twisted to serve the policy preferences of judges and other elites. Barrett's confirmation will go a long way to reassure Americans discouraged by a string of liberal, activist decisions at the end of the Supreme Court's last term.

During the confirmation process, Democrats and their allies will warn us that Judge Barrett's Catholic faith and her personal beliefs about the sanctity of life will cloud her ability to objectively interpret the law. But they will just be projecting onto Barrett the progressive belief that a "living" Constitution should reflect judges' personal values. Barrett has made it very clear that she will eschew such an approach. Consider Judge Barrett's handful of decisions in abortion-related cases, which have not always favored the pro-life side.

When Joe Biden complains bitterly about Judge Barrett's nomination, we will re