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More than 1K alumni from Amy Coney Barrett's undergrad college sign letter of concern

Over 1,500 alumni from U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Overnight Energy: Barrett punts on climate, oil industry recusals | Ex-EPA official claims retaliation in lawsuit | Dems seek to uphold ruling ousting Pendley Amy Coney Barrett is beacon for new kind of feminism in America MORE's alma mater signed a letter of concern over the conservative lawyer and judge's pending appointment to become the next court justice.

Barrett graduated in 1994 with honors from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., CBS News reported.

Rhodes President Marjorie Hass lauded Barrett in a statement on Sept. 22 for her "professional distinction and achievement," after President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE nominated her to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Mitt Romney did not vote for Trump in 2020 election The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett MORE, who died last month from pancreatic cancer.

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Following Hass's statement, alumni Rob Marus and Katherine Morgan Breslin wrote a critical letter over Barrett's stances on abortion law, the LBGTQ community and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"We are likewise firmly and passionately opposed to Rhodes administrators' attempts to embrace Amy Coney Barrett as an alumna of our beloved alma mater," the letter said. "We oppose this embrace because we believe both her record and the process that has produced her nomination are diametrically opposed to the values of truth, loyalty, and service that we learned at Rhodes."

Barrett's nomination to replace Ginsburg, an abortion rights supporter and trailblazer for women's rights, brought praise from conservatives but raised concerns among liberals and Democrats. She said in 2016 if Roe v. Wade were overturned or weakened, its "core holding" that women have a right to abortion would not change.

The letter also directly called attention to the ACA's fate, which is slated to be contested in a Supreme Court trial on Nov. 10 over whether some provisions of the act may remain law.

Hass responded to the alumni letter, standing by her previous praise of Barrett, but adding, "I hope that your letter — as well as the support, dissent, and attention it has generated — serves as a spur for robust engagement with the political process."