Democratic senators’ opposition to Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was predictable ahead of her recent confirmation hearings, but the level of hyperbole among some of the judge’s other critics has been particularly acute.
One example came in the form of a recent screed written by actress Ashley Judd, who argued that Barrett’s confirmation to the nation’s highest court would “haul us back in time” by reversing everything the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had achieved for women’s rights, as reported by Breitbart.
“Towering jurisprudence and unflinching vision”
Her dire prediction came in an op-ed published this week by CNN.
Judd began by praising Ginsburg as a pioneer for women before turning her attention to the woman nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the seat vacated upon her death.
“RBG pioneered the interpretation of women’s equality under the Constitution,” she wrote. “Over the course of decades, led by her towering jurisprudence and unflinching vision, we Americans have fought together to improve the system that was conceived of and designed to place women, especially women of color, below white, propertied men.”
According to Judd, Ginsburg has allowed American women to “take for granted” that they “can open bank and checking accounts and apply for credit cards without a man signing for them.”
Of course, The Guardian published a timeline in 2014 that shows the progress of financial and property rights among women — from ancient civilizations to the present day.
“Women’s health and reproductive choice”
The data showed that, at least among women in the U.S., the rights Judd attributed to Ginsburg were actually fought for and won even before Ginsburg was born. Nevertheless, her underlying message was a harsh critique of Barrett.
“The Affordable Care Act and women’s health and reproductive choice are all on the line, and I have every expectation that this confirmation would haul us back in time,” Judd said.
Honoring Ginsburg, she argued, means American women “must fight like hell for a more just, fair and decent society” by continuing to harp on issues like abortion, discrimination, equal pay, and marriage equality, among others.
“Should Barrett be confirmed, she will have the chance to render enormously consequential decisions for American women for generations to come. Based on her record, we should be profoundly alarmed,” Judd warned.
Judd’s progressive activism and anti-Trump rhetoric is nothing new, though, as evidenced in her proud self-description as a “nasty woman” during a women’s march in 2017.