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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett at the White House in Washington last October. Photo: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett pushed back Sunday on perceptions that biases have crept into the highest court in the U.S., per the Louisville Courier Journal.

Why it matters: The comments by the Trump-appointed conservative justice come weeks after the Supreme Court allowed Texas' ban on most abortions to remain in place, in a 5-4 vote that President Biden called "an unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights."

  • The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Texas' ban.

Of note: Barrett was asked by students at the event, hosted by the University of Louisville's McConnell Center, about the abortion ruling and the court's decision last month to order the Biden administration to reinstate former President Trump's "Remain-in-Mexico" policy.

  • She replied that it would be "inappropriate" to discuss specific cases, according to AP.

What she's saying: Barrett said she wanted the event guests to know that the Supreme Court "is not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks," per the Courier Journal.

  • She said "judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties" and added that justices are "hyper vigilant to make sure they're not letting personal biases creep into their decisions, since judges are people, too," WHAS 11 reports.

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Sep 21, 2021 - Health

White House endorses bill that would ensure abortion access

Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The White House endorsed a bill Monday that seeks to ensure abortion access.

Why it matters: While the Supreme Court seems to be opening the door to new state laws significantly restricting reproductive health choices, the Biden administration changed its stance on the Women's Health Protection Act, having previously said it would look for other ways to codify Roe v. Wade.

Court dismisses gun rights ruling for those under 21

Weapons on display at a gun shop in Manassas, Virginia. Photo: Yasin Ozturk / Anadolu Agency

A federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a July ruling that said laws restricting gun sales to those under 21 were unconstitutional because the case's plaintiff turned 21.

Why it matters: The previous ruling could have had implications for efforts to restrict gun sales nationally in the future, the Washington Post reported. But the case is now moot. 

Special Envoy for Haiti resigns over Biden deportations

Daniel Foote testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on May 26, 2016. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Special Envoy for Haiti on Wednesday resigned from his position, writing in his resignation letter obtained by PBS that he "will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees."

Why it matters: Ambassador Daniel Foote's resignation comes amid heightened anger over the treatment of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers living in a temporary encampment in Del Rio, Texas — especially after images surfaced of Border Patrol agents whipping at the migrants from horseback.