Abortion debate stirs in Massachusetts

Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s ascension to the Supreme Court on Monday triggered calls in Massachusetts for the immediate passage of new state abortion laws and praise from an advocacy group that said the pro-life judge had been unfairly pressed by abortion supporters during her confirmation hearings.

“It is the job of a judge to resist her policy preferences,” Barrett said at her swearing-in ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, following a 52-48 confirmation vote by the US Senate. “It would be a dereliction of duty for her to give in to them.”

Massachusetts Citizens for Life said state abortion laws would remain in place in Massachusetts even if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned while knocking statements by “extreme abortion supporters” during the confirmation hearings.

“Many citizens and national leaders have been troubled by this apparent litmus test and the double standard which makes acceptable dragging a personally pro-life judge through the mud while promoting pro-abortion candidates,” the group said.

Said Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley: “By voting to confirm Barrett — a dangerous, unqualified, far-right ideologue — to our nation’s highest court, Republicans’ contempt for the American people and our democracy could not be more clear — and the stakes could not be higher.

“With Barrett on the court, she added, “healthcare access for millions of Americans is now at risk, along with our bodily autonomy, our right to marriage equality, our sacred right to vote, our right to livable wages, and countless other protections.”