The US President’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has faced the second day of confirmation hearings.
Judge Barrett was repeatedly pressed on the issue of abortion but said she wouldn’t pre-commit to how she might approach specific issues or cases that came before the court.
She also played down the idea that appointing her to the Supreme Court, could lead to radical changes in policy.
“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,” Judge Barrett said.
“You have to wait for cases and controversies, which is the language of the Constitution, to wind their way through the process.”
Judge Barrett told the judiciary she is an “originalist” when it comes to interpreting the Constitution.
“That meaning doesn’t change over time and it’s not up to me to update it or infuse my own policy views into it,” she said.
Republicans have a 53-47 Senate majority, leaving Democrats with little to no chance of blocking Judge Barrett’s confirmation.