Judge Amy Coney Barrett is now officially a Justice! In a history-making 52-48 Senate victory, a new SCOTUS icon has arrived. Barrett’s win should be a massive encouragement to feminists across the country. She is the first female Supreme Court Justice with school-age children. Her brilliant mind, experience as a litigator, and professor earned her a seat on the highest court in the land. Along with that, she’s a devoted wife, faithful Catholic, and mother of seven children, two of whom are adopted. If there was ever someone who symbolized the idea that women are capable of “doing it all”, Barrett would fit the bill. Yet, liberal feminists are not only withholding their applause, they’re expressing anger and disapproval over her nomination.

Justice Barret is pro-life. That fact alone elicits condemnation from those who falsely believe being pro-life is at odds with feminism. They don’t give value to the voices of early feminist leaders such as Alice Paul and Susan B. Anthony who spoke out against abortion. Pro-life history also includes Black female leaders such as Dr. Dolores Grier, Mildred Jefferson, and civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer. There’s no question that pro-life women are powerhouses whose contributions to society bring lasting change.

Senator Lindsey Graham said of Barrett, “This is the first time in American history that we’ve nominated a woman who is unashamedly pro-life and embraces her faith without apology.”

During her confirmation hearing, Justice Barrett never apologized for her faith, family, or convictions. Her grace and strength under pressure was an example to us all. I see her as a new role model for this generation and the ones to come. Her life is an example of all that is attainable for women in our country. Her existence destroys the lie that the abortion industry profits from; women must sacrifice their children for career success.

For fifteen years I’ve prayed that God would place pro-life justices on the Supreme Court. Justice Barrett’s swearing-in ceremony was an emotional moment for me. Today I had the pleasure of being quoted on the front page of the Hartford Courant. Along with my quote is a picture of Justice Barrett and below that is a picture of me in front of the National Black History Museum. That museum is full of stories highlighting courageous individuals who made great sacrifices for freedom. Freedom of religion and freedom of speech are just some of the freedoms that make our nation great. Before we can attain any of those freedoms we must be given the right to life. Protecting the unborn is a first step in ensuring a society in which everyone can find equal protection under the law.

I will continue to pray and take action to save and protect unborn lives. I pray Justice Barrett will be a strong voice for the voiceless in her new role serving on the Supreme Court of the United States of America.