Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday told senators she would not rule like “a royal queen” and would set aside her religious beliefs when judging cases, including on abortion.
Barrett, a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, took her first confirmation hearing questions from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, who raised the hot topic.
“Judges can’t just wake up one day and say, ‘I have an agenda. I like guns, I hate guns. I like abortion, I hate abortion,’ and walk in like a royal queen and impose their will on the world. You have to wait for cases and controversies, which is the language of the Constitution, to wind their way through the process,” she said.
Graham (R-SC) asked Barrett, “Can you set aside whatever Catholic beliefs you have regarding any issue before you?”
Barrett replied: “I can. I have done that in my time on the 7th Circuit. If