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Fact check: Amy Barrett never said women shouldn't own property

Posted October 12, 2020 4:47 p.m. EDT
Updated October 12, 2020 5:14 p.m. EDT

Widely shared social media posts attacking Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, have fallen short on our Truth-O-Meter.

We rated False a claim that, like Al-Qaeda and ISIS, Barrett has said her "end goal is to end the separation of church and state and build a ‘Kingdom of God’ in the United States." Also False was a claim that Barrett said that "gays have a right to be discriminated against because they are against God’s wishes" and that "white people are God’s chosen ones."

Now comes this attack, posted on Facebook:

"Amy Coney Barrett has said that a woman should not be able to own property, buy or sell without the permission of her husband or a male relative."

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed.

We contacted nine legal experts and organizations familiar with Barrett’s record, including two organizations that oppose her nomination and have researched her background. None said they were aware of any evidence to back the post.

"We have not seen that statement attributed directly to Barrett," said a spokeswoman for the National Women’s Law Center, which opposes Barrett’s nomination and has suggested that adding Barrett to a conservative-leaning court could increase the risk of discrimination against women in property rights and other areas.

Said a spokesman for the Alliance for Justice, a progressive group that opposes Barrett’s nomination: "Our researchers have never seen any quote to that effect."

Added Ilya Shapiro, director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at the libertarian Cato Institute: "I’ve never heard that, and it’s a ridiculous assertion."

Barrett, a conservative judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago who has described herself as a devout Catholic, was chosen by Trump for the seat that opened when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Sept. 18.

Several experts said the claim likely emanates from perceptions about the Christian group People of Praise.

Barrett has close ties to the group, which holds that men are divinely ordained as the "head" of the family and faith, the Associated Press reported.

PolitiFact ruling

PolitiFact: False

The Facebook claim said, "Amy Coney Barrett has said that a woman should not be able to own property, buy or sell without the permission of her husband or a male relative."

Finding no evidence to back the statement, we rate it False.

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