On October 22, the State Judiciary Committee voted to move forward with the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, despite the closeness of a national election.

Democrats sought to snub the confirmation by boycotting the vote, but Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, (R) deemed the body could proceed with the vote, despite the absence of two minority leaders. Democrats have also been vocal about the consequences of having a majority conservative Supreme Court since Barrett’s nomination happening just one week after the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Senate Republicans are calling this vote “historic,” while Democrats consider this a devastating blow for civil liberties in America. The concerns of confirming Judge Barrett have also been expressed by former colleagues and peers from two of her alma maters, Rhodes College and Notre Dame Law. Their concerns point to Barrett’s judicial history of supporting anti-LGBTQ and  pro-life policy, as well as opposing the Affordable Care Act.

With most of her positions in stark contrast with the late Ruth Bade Ginsburg, there are fears that Roe v. Wade may soon be overturned. Despite these growing concerns from all corners of the country, the federal judge is strides away from occupying the highest court of our nation barring the final vote from the Senate.