Barrett and her husband, a former federal prosecutor, were among more than 1,200 people who lent their names to the ad, which called the Roe v Wade decision “an exercise of crude judicial power.”
“It’s time to end Roe v’s barbaric legacy.” Wade and restore the law that protects the lives of unborn children, ”said the ad, purchased by an anti-abortion organization called St Joseph County Right to Life.
Barrett, who continued a series of meetings with individual senators on Thursday ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings scheduled to begin Oct. 12, declined to answer questions about the announcement.
White House spokesman Judd Deere told the Associated Press news agency that Barrett had previously distinguished his personal views from his responsibility as a judge.
“As Justice Barrett said on the day of his appointment: ‘A judge must apply the law as it is written. Judges are not policy makers, and they must be resolved to put aside any political opinions they might have, ”Deere said in an email.
The Democratic members of the committee can be expected to press her on the issue.
Trump, who addressed an anti-abortion rally in Washington in January and said: “Unborn children have never had a stronger advocate in the White House,” pledged in the 2016 presidential race to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn the Roe vs Wade decision, which made abortion legal in the United States.
Trump has called on the Senate to confirm that Barrett will replace Liberal Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an abortion rights advocate, ahead of the November 3 presidential election.
In Tuesday’s presidential debate, Trump objected when his Democratic challenger Joe Biden said Roe vs. Wade’s fate was “on the ballot” in the election.
Trump told Biden, “You don’t know his take on Roe vs. Wade.”
A Catholic who earned a law degree and taught at the University of Notre Dame, a Catholic institution in South Bend, Barrett is a favorite of religious conservatives. She was a law professor at Notre-Dame at the time of the announcement.
Reversing the decision has been a long-standing goal of American religious conservatives. The decision recognizes that a constitutional right to privacy protects a woman’s ability to have an abortion.
In 1992, the court reaffirmed the ruling and prohibited laws that place an “excessive burden” on obtaining an abortion. Conservative opponents of the decision argued that the case was poorly decided.