Transcript for Supreme Court nominee frontrunners for Trump
the celebration of the life of justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and now also the battle to fill her seat. She was a champion of equality and women's rights. As the president closes in on his pick to replace her, five women are on his short list. The announcement comes Saturday, and our chief national affairs correspondent Tom llamas is in Manhattan with a look at the leading contender. Good morning, Tom. Reporter: George, whether he wins or loses, his decision on Saturday could impact generations of Americans. With a senate confirmation, the scales of the supreme court will tip 6 to 3 in the conservatives' favor, and the white house is signaling right now as far as the nominees are concerned, the more conservative the better. This morning, as president trump gets closer to selecting his supreme court nominee -- The person I'll be putting up is highly qualified, totally brilliant. Top of the line academic student. The highest credentials. Reporter: The two top contenders now in the spotlight. Sources say it's down to federal judges Amy coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa, and that Barrett is the apparent front-runner. A devout catholic who worked for the justice Antonin Scalia. Her faith and how it could affect her interpretation of the law among the issues raised during her 2017 senate confirmation hearing for the 7th circuit court of appeals. The dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern. It's never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge's personal convictions whether they derive from faith or anywhere else on the law. Reporter: The 48-year-old new Orleans native who's a law professor at notre dame and mother of seven explaining her stance in a speech to hillsdale college last year. But that's not a challenge just for religious people. That's a challenge for everyone, and so I think it's a dangerous road to go down to say that only religious people would not be able to separate out moral convictions from their duty. Reporter: Pro-choice groups have raised concerns over how Barrett would vote on abortion issues. Planned parenthood condemned the judge's nomination to the federal bench. Since she was appointed, she hasn't issued a ruling on abortion and hasn't questioned roe V. Wade's overall precedent, but critics say she's sided against rulings that strike down restrictions on abortions. Also under the microscope, Barrett's link to a small charismatic Christian community called people of praise. The group telling ABC news it will neither confirm nor deny if Barrett is a current member, but she was listed as a former board of trustees member at the Trinity school from 2015 to 2017, and has been named and photographed and since deleted online versions of the organization's magazine. According to its website, many of its members choose to make a lifetime commitment to the community, a covenant. Members are assigned a personal adviser. Men were called heads and women were called handmaids, but those titles since changed to leaders. Speculation that the group may have inspired the novel and emmy-award winning drama "The handmaid's" tale" but Margaret Atwood saying that's not accurate saying there were several inspirations. Because her notes are locked in a library due to covid she says, quote, I hesitate to say anything specific. For the major influences on the book, I certainly did not confine myself to one sect or group so I don't think this can be legitimately used in that way. People of praise insisting they did not inspire Atwood's story, and the organization does not take position on political matters, legislation or constitutional interpretation. Now as for federal judge Barbara Lagoa, she's a cuban-american from south Florida, but president trump said, she's on the list, but he has no plans to meet with her. George, as you mentioned, the president said he has five women on his list and they are, quote, outstanding. Right.
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