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Why Amy Coney Barrett Keeps Saying Her Family Has A Favorite Child

The Supreme Court nominee’s son with Down syndrome is the beloved child in her family and while research says that’s not uncommon, she’s sending a message about her views on abortion

Hearing for judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s seat on the Supreme Court, began Monday, and among the many things she said in her remarks is that her youngest of seven children Benjamin, who has Down syndrome, is the favorite child.

“Most mothers have very distinct preferences. There’s one to whom they feel most emotionally close, one with whom they have the most conflict. Parental favoritism is a fundamental part of the family landscape throughout life.”

And that means anyone else who has felt the sting of a parent’s criticism while watching that same parent dote over a sibling will likely have complicated feelings throughout their lives, whether they were the “favorite” child or not.

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Award-winning journalist, coauthor of “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels,” mom, changing the narrative about older women

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