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Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court hearings divide Catholic women

“I seriously so admire her story” she texted her friend, a fellow Catholic woman, as she watched the Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation hearings this week.

Still, Lynch was bothered by the way the judge’s story was being used by politicians. She felt President Trump was exploiting the nomination to try to win over Catholic suburban women like her, she said. And she was frustrated that senators continued to bring up Barrett’s large family.

“You just know that if it was a father of 7 up for nomination,” Lynch texted her friend, “they wouldn’t be doing that.”

As Catholic women watched the first two days of Barrett’s confirmation process in the Senate, some saw her as a new kind of “feminist icon,” a woman who raised seven children while pursuing a successful career and prioritizing her faith. Others saw an unrealistic model of what Catholic women are expected to be.

“She’s

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Amy Coney Barrett’s extreme views put women’s rights in jeopardy

Recently, news broke that Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s deeply-conservative nominee to the Supreme Court, supported an anti-choice group whose extreme views include criminalizing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. In a 2006 newspaper advertisement signed by Barrett, St. Joseph Right to Life advocated for defending “the right to life from fertilization to natural death.”



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Amy Coney Barrett’s extreme views put women’s rights in jeopardy

Jackie Appleman, the group’s executive director, told the Guardian that St. Joseph Right to Life “would be supportive of criminalizing the discarding of frozen embryos or selective reduction through the IVF process.”

Appleman went on to say that they are not supportive of criminalizing women “at this point.” Count me unconvinced.

Barrett’s anti-choice record was already alarming and well-documented. Still, her decision to support such a group is an example of just how far outside the mainstream she and other anti-choice politicians are

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Amy Coney Barrett criticized for dress she wore to hearing

“Women lawyers & judges wear suits, including dresses with jackets, for work,” D.C.-based attorney Leslie McAdoo Gordon wrote. “It is not a great look that ACB consistently does not. No male judge would be dressed in less than correct courtroom attire. It’s inappropriately casual.”

Female attorneys and judges swiftly pushed back to express frustration that discussion of a woman in public life had turned once again to her clothing.

“Basically every professional woman I know (including myself) has serious anxiety about what they wear to work,” tweeted Carissa Byrne Hessick, a criminal law professor at the University of North Carolina. “Crappy takes like this one are a big reason why.”

“Who cares what she wears?” wrote Mary Ziegler, a law professor at Florida State University. “If she wore a Halloween costume, or walked in naked, this would not change: Amy Coney Barrett is very accomplished. … If you

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Patrick Leahy warns Amy Coney Barrett her confirmation will be harmful to women

Sen. Patrick Leahy told Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett that the country is concerned her appointment to the high court would be harmful to women and minorities.



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In his opening statement during the start of the confirmation hearings for Barrett, the Vermont Democrat told Barrett that people are scared their rights will be overturned if she gets on the court.

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“They’re scared that the clock would be turned back to a time when women had no right to control their own bodies. And when it was acceptable to discriminate against women in the workplace,” Leahy said. “They’re scared that at a time when we’re facing the perilous impacts of climate change, bedrock environmental protections are going to be eviscerated. And they’re scared that your confirmation will result in the rolling back of voting rights, workers’ rights, and the rights of the LGBTQ

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Senators have an opportunity to model religious tolerance in the Amy Coney Barrett hearings. Will they?

I’ve never met Amy Coney Barrett, and I’m not a legal scholar with informed opinions on her past judicial rulings. But I find myself sympathizing with her as she prepares to enter the lion’s den of Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Because like Barrett, but on a smaller stage, I know what it’s like to juggle a high-profile career, in a flyover state, while raising small children and practicing my faith, a kind of faith that many of my colleagues thought disqualified me from doing good work.

When I read that at a 2017 court of appeals confirmation hearing, Sen. Dianne Feinstein told Judge Barrett, “the dogma lives loudly within you” — implying that the judge would impose her conservative Catholic faith on Americans — I flashed back to a standoff with colleagues early in my broadcast journalism career.

It was shortly after I’d been assigned to the religion and culture

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Amy Roloff Postponing Her Wedding Might Be Proof She’s Not Marrying on Roloff Farms

Season 21 of Little People, Big World is here, and fans are excited to see how Amy Roloff’s relationship with Chris Marek progresses. The two got engaged last season, and Amy is busily planning her big day. But it seems her wedding plans are postponed to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Zach Roloff recently talked about Amy’s nuptials. And her choice to postpone might also be a sign that she’s not marrying on Roloff Farms. Here’s why.

Amy Roloff is planning her wedding to Chris Marek

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RELATED: ‘LPBW’: Amy Roloff Said She Wants Both ‘a Wedding’ and ‘a Reception’ With Chris Marek

After her divorce from Matt Roloff, Amy made it known she never thought she’d get married again. But Marek changed her mind. The couple seems happier than ever together, and now that Amy’s moved off of Roloff Farms and into her own place,

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Ask Amy: Future sister-in-law excluded from family wedding

Dear Amy: My niece’s brother-in-law, “Bradley,” will be getting married later this year.

My niece, “Kate,” is married to Bradley’s brother.

All of Bradley’s siblings and their spouses have been asked to be in the bridal party, everyone except for Kate.

Kate’s husband is in his brother’s party, but her future sister-in-law, “Julie,” has excluded Kate.

Kate included Julie in her wedding party several years ago.

Kate can think of nothing that would have offended Julie.

How should Kate handle this upcoming wedding?

— Sad Aunt

Dear Sad Aunt: In the movie version, “Kate” would attend the wedding, get roaring drunk at the reception, and then deliver the roasty-toast of the century.

Movie pitch aside, if every single sibling and spouse has been included in the wedding party, this exclusion does seem off-kilter. However, the fact that Kate included “Julie” in her own wedding does not obligate Julie to recipro-kate.

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Ask Amy: Wedding brings on in-law exclusion

Kate included Julie in her wedding party several years ago.

Kate can think of nothing that would have offended Julie.

How should Kate handle this upcoming wedding?

Sad Aunt: In the movie version, “Kate” would attend the wedding, get roaring drunk at the reception, and then deliver the roasty-toast of the century.

Movie pitch aside, if every sibling and spouse has been included in the wedding party, this exclusion does seem off-kilter. However, the fact that Kate included “Julie” in her own wedding does not obligate Julie to recipro-kate.

Ideally, Julie would have anticipated this challenge and explained her decision to Kate — gently and respectfully — in advance of her announcement.

Kate might be able to tease out a gracious explanation by asking Julie, “I accept your decision not to ask me to be part of the wedding party, but I want to make sure — are you and

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‘Little People, Big World’ Star Amy Roloff’s Wedding On Hold Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

KEY POINTS

  • Zach Roloff said his mom Amy’s wedding is on hold due to COVID-19
  • Zach explained that they had a hard time finding a venue for their nuptials
  • Amy said her ex-husband and his girlfriend are invited to her wedding, but she doesn’t expect them to come

“Little People, Big World” star Zach Roloff said his mom Amy Roloff and Chris Marek’s wedding is now on hold after the couple decided to postpone it due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zach spoke with Us Weekly while promoting the upcoming season of “Little People, Big World.” According to him, there is no wedding date yet and there is no wedding venue either. Amy and her husband-to-be have decided to just put their nuptials “on hold.” 

“I think they put a lot of that on hold right now,” he said on Tuesday.

Zach explained that “no venues” seem to be accepting dates

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Amy Coney Barrett: A Role Model for Mothers and Young Women

Judge Amy Coney Barrett meets with Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R., W. Va.) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 30, 2020. (Sarah Silbiger/Reuters)

As some of us have already noted elsewhere on NRO, if confirmed, Judge Amy Coney Barrett would be the only mother sitting on the Supreme Court, and she’d be the first mother of school-aged children ever to do so. To most people inclined to view her nomination without the cynicism induced by despising either Trump or constitutional originalism (or both), that’s a pretty remarkable fact.

For American mothers, as well as for young women, Barrett is the sort of role model one doesn’t often come across in politics. As I pointed out in a piece here at NRO last week, her life and her success puts the lie to modern feminism’s false, harmful notion of freedom. And in my latest piece over at the Catholic Herald

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