Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett signed on to an advertisement that called for the protection of unborn children while she was working as a law professor at Notre Dame, according to supplemental material that was filed to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday.
The ad was published in a student newspaper and sponsored by the group "University Faculty for Life" of which Barrett was a member. Barrett's name appeared along with dozens of other university faculty members and staff who signed on to express concern over the 1973 Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion across the nation.
Barrett did not indicate when the ad was published in the paper.
The advertisement was disclosed as part of an 11-page supplemental material submitted by Barrett to the Senate committee ahead of her confirmation hearing, which is scheduled to begin on Oct. 12. The committee told media outlets that additional filings are not unusual.
The 2006 advertisement was not disclosed in Barrett's first response to a Senate committee questionnaire (SJQ), prompting criticism and questions from Senate Democrats over the omission.
“The failure to disclose the 2006 letter leads to additional questions about other potentially missing materials. The omission also raises concerns that the process of collecting materials responsive to the SJQ, like the nomination process itself, has been rushed, for no legitimate reason.”
Barrett's participation in these advertisements is likely to draw scrutiny from lawmakers during the upcoming hearing, as lawmakers continue to seek her position on Roe. Senate Democrats have repeatedly expressed concerns about Barrett's conservative views and how they could likely impact social issues such as access to abortion.
In her filing on Friday, Barrett also disclosed two informal talks she held with student groups in 2013. The topics of both talks involved Roe and the Supreme Court's jurisprudence relating to abortion.
She also disclosed a small article in a student newspaper she wrote encouraging students to participate in a career fair and an article in which she made comments about the school's honor council.