The Girl Scouts of America tweeted a congratulatory message to Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Wednesday, which was deleted after negative comments about the post appeared online.
Barrett, the third conservative justice appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Donald Trump, faced opposition from some lawmakers who expressed concern that Barrett would overturn rulings concerning access to health care. Among those rulings was Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion.
In the tweet, the Girl Scouts praised Barrett for becoming the “5th woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789.” Barrett is pictured beside liberal justices Elena Kagan and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
CNN analyst Asha Rangappa was among those who criticized the post. “Was Barrett a Girl Scout?? If not, why the post, knowing how divisive it is at this moment?? Do you celebrate every new female senator who gets elected, or governor? Sorry but this was weird and tone deaf — Girl Scout mom.”
Was Barrett a Girl Scout?? If not, why the post, knowing how divisive it is at this moment?? Do you celebrate every new female senator who gets elected, or governor? Sorry but this was weird and tone deaf â Girl Scout mom
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) October 28, 2020
Actor Amber Tamblyn called the Girl Scouts’ tweet “really disappointing and [it] won’t age well when access to safe abortion and the healthcare needs of millions of women and girls is gutted in this country because of Barrett’s addition to the court.”
Girl Scouts, this tweet is really disappointing and wonât age well when access to safe abortion and the healthcare needs of millions of women and girls is gutted in this country because of Barrettâs addition to the court. https://t.co/TfEqf3B8E1
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) October 28, 2020
“Earlier today, we shared a post highlighting the five women who have been appointed to the Supreme Court,” the Girl Scouts organization wrote in its Wednesday retraction. “It was quickly viewed as a political and partisan statement which was not our intent and we have removed the post.”
“Girl Scouts of the USA is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization,” the Twitter thread continued. “We are neither red nor blue, but Girl Scout GREEN. We are here to lift up girls and women.”
Girl Scouts of the USA is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization. We are neither red nor blue, but Girl Scout GREEN. We are here to lift up girls and women.
— Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) October 28, 2020
Newsweek reached out to the Girl Scouts of America for further comment.
During his first presidential campaign in 2016, Trump said that he would place pro-life justices on the Supreme Court causing Roe v. Wade to be overturned “automatically.” During his administration, Trump has also appointed conservative justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. With Barrett’s appointment, six justices appointed by Republican presidents preside over the Supreme Court alongside three justices appointed by Democratic presidents.
Trump said during an interview with Fox & Friends in September that Barrett’s presence on the bench could lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. “She is certainly conservative in her views, in her rulings,” Trump said, “and we’ll have to see how that all works out, but I think it will work out.”
Barrett claimed during her October confirmation hearings that her personal beliefs would not influence her judicial decisions. “I have an agenda to stick to the rule of law and decide cases as they come,” Barrett said.
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