Amy Coney Barrett supported extreme anti-abortion group that believes life begins at fertilization

Government watchdog analysis warns Coney Barrett confirmation would 'supercharge' GOP agenda
Julia Conley

If President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are successful in ramming Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination through the Senate before Election Day, the U.S. Supreme Court could end up with another far-right social conservative who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Barrett has made no secret of her strident opposition to the ruling, and in the Guardian, journalist Stephanie Kirchgaessner reports that Barrett has supported a group that is "considered to be extreme even within the anti-abortion movement."

That group is St. Joseph County Right to Life, based in South Bend, Indiana. Kirchgaessner notes that the group "has said life begins at fertilization" and that "the discarding of unused or frozen embryos created in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process ought to be criminalized."

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Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

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On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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