It is not known what was said in the two events, though both centered on abortion court cases. In a separate instance, CNN’s KFile found a publicized talk that Barrett gave to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — a seminar Barrett disclosed in her Senate paperwork — was removed by the university from YouTube in 2014. A school spokesman told CNN the video is now lost.
White House spokesperson Judd Deere told CNN in an email, “Judge Barrett submitted her lengthy Senate Judiciary Questionnaire, spoke with an overwhelming majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and continues to be transparent throughout her confirmation process. She looks forward to answering questions from the Senators next week.”
A spokesperson for the Senate Judiciary Committee told CNN “it is a very normal practice” for Supreme Court nominees to update their questionnaire, noting that several current Supreme Court justices also supplied updated copies.
CNN reached out multiple times to Barrett through her law chambers but did not get a response.
In 2016, the group sent a letter asking the university to rescind an award honored to then-Vice President Joe Biden in recognition for his work as an American Catholic. The group called it “a scandalous violation of the University’s moral responsibility (as the American bishops wrote in 2004) never to honor those who act in defiance of fundamental moral principles about the sanctity of life” and attacked his views on abortion.
Barrett initially failed to disclose two seminars she gave students on Roe v. Wade
The lecture Barrett did disclose was entitled “Roe at 40: The Supreme Court, Abortion, and the Culture War that Followed,” taking place in January 2013 and open to the university community. It was co-sponsored by the university’s Constitutional Studies minor.
After CNN inquired to obtain video of the event, a university spokesperson, Dennis K. Brown, told CNN, “We have checked with the organizer of the event [sic] have no information on what has become of the video of that lecture.”
Several on-campus publications covered the event and Barrett’s remarks at the time.
As Barrett gave talks on abortion to groups associated with the on-campus Right to Life groups, Barrett was also a member of the university’s chapter of the University Faculty for Life from the group’s founding in 2010 until 2016, according to her Senate paperwork.
“Notre Dame claims to award the Laetare Medal ‘annually to an American Catholic in recognition of outstanding service to Church and society,'” the letter reads. “But our Faculty for Life Chapter agrees with Bishop Kevin Rhoades that the awarding of the Laetare Medal to Vice-President Biden is a scandalous violation of the University’s moral responsibility (as the American bishops wrote in 2004) never to honor those who act in defiance of fundamental moral principles about the sanctity of life.”
The faculty letter attacks Biden’s position on abortion for not wanting to “impose” the Catholic Church’s teachings on abortion upon a woman or a doctor, supporting the death penalty and for rejecting “the truth that human life begins at conception.” It also states that public officials like Biden have “an especially grave duty to preserve” life.
This story has been updated to add that Barrett’s questionnaire was updated with these documents after the story published.