Family and women’s groups applauded the possibility of a mother serving on the Supreme Court in a discussion with the Daily Caller News Foundation about President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.
Several groups emphasized that Barrett’s unique background equips her to serve as a Supreme Court justice. Barrett would be the only mother on the Supreme Court.
Mary Beth Waddell of the Family Research Council told the DCNF that confirming Barrett would “bring a unique perspective to the court and help diversify it.”
“Women are not monolithic,” she said.
“We have varying life experiences, perspectives, and views. Judge Barrett has rightly made abundantly clear that she will follow the law not any personal opinion she may have, but I think greater diversity of background on the court is a good thing.”
“This nomination shows women, and specifically mothers, that they don’t have to fit a certain mold to achieve career success. They don’t have to choose between family and career. It is possible to not only have both, but be highly successful and fulfilled in both,” she added.
Abortion advocates often emphasize the need for “reproductive freedom” for women to be able to succeed professionally.
Barrett, however, demonstrates that a woman can succeed professionally and have a family as well, according to Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America.
“Amy Coney Barrett will be the first mother with school-aged children to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court,” Nance said.
“She has seven children, two adopted from Haiti, and one with special needs. All women, liberal or conservative, should be celebrating this historic moment.”
“Judge Barrett, a woman who refused to settle for less, is the antithesis of the outdated notion that in order for a woman to achieve she must embrace childlessness and abortion,” Nance added.
“As a smart, compassionate, and hardworking woman of faith, she is a role model for our daughters.”
The Susan B. Anthony List’s Mallory Quigley highlighted Barrett’s unique life experiences, such as having a son with Down syndrome.
“Amy Barrett is an exceptional judge who is highly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court,” Quigley told the DCNF.
“Her experience as a mother of seven, including two adopted children and one with special needs, equips her to serve justly, and with strong conviction and compassion.”
Focus on the Family president Jim Daly said that Barrett represents “the very best of American women, possessing the tremendous combination of a mother’s gentle heart with a fierce, brilliant legal mind.”
He said that both her family and her career show “she has mastered the delicate art of being both a mom and a pioneering woman jurist.”
“Like mothers, Supreme Court justices must wear many hats — simultaneously serving as final arbiters of the law, unbiased referees and ultimately, trusted guardians of the Constitution,” Daly said.
“Every good mother is accustomed to balancing competing priorities, often sacrificing her own comforts and conveniences for the sake of others.”
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