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A group of alumni at Rhodes College created a petition for the school to remove Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett from the school’s “Hall of Fame” because of her vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The report was created by Rhodes College Alumni for Reproductive Rights and is being sent to school president Jennifer Collins and director of community standards Richard Adams.
According to the letter, the signatories’ “firm faith in the Rhodes Honor Code to which we have all signed prompts us to make this request.”
The letter alleges that Barrett violated the Rhodes Honor Code through her testimony at Senate confirmation hearings and the “judicial decision-making process.”
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“In each of the above categories, Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s adherence to an original interpretive methodology of constitutional textual analysis (as reflected in her scholarly legal articles) appears to contradict statements she has made in the United States Senate,” it says. The letter. .
During Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearings, he said in response to a question posed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that Roe v. Wade is not a super precedent.
“To set cases that are so well settled that no political actor and no one is seriously pushing to overturn them. And I’m answering a lot of questions about Roe, which I think shows that Roe doesn’t fall into that category.” Barrett said.
The letter criticized Barrett’s response, saying it may have been misleading.
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“It was, at best, disingenuous of Justice Barrett to admit that she did not believe Roe to be a “super-precedent,” but then suggests that it does not mean the case “must” be dismissed, despite the fact that it clearly adheres to a legal philosophy that would obviously lead it to condemn Roe,” the letter states.
The alumni group also wrote that Barrett poses a significant threat to fundamental rights in America.
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“And we believe that Justice Amy Coney Barrett is one of the greatest current threats to our fundamental rights, the stability of our nation, and our democracy. Furthermore, as Rhodes alumni who pledged the same allegiance to truth, loyalty and service” she did, we consider her actions to be a clear – and perhaps the most devastating in history to date – violation of the Honor Code we all hold dear.” .
“Merely being one of our most famous alumni is not a sufficient reason for the College to continue to honor someone who has so publicly violated the most fundamental values of Rhodes. We therefore respectfully request that Justice Barrett be removed from the Rhodes College Hall of Fame based on the above violations of the Rhodes Honor System,” the letter added.