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Stephen L. Carter

Don't Cancel Amy Coney Barrett’s Book

Penguin Random House is right to stand up for the Supreme Court justice, even if its employees find her views wrongheaded.

 A (soon-to-be) bestselling author.

 A (soon-to-be) bestselling author.

Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images North America

Kudos to Penguin Random House for sticking to its plan to publish a book by Justice Amy Coney Barrett despite a petition from hundreds of people who work in publishing arguing that the company should cancel the volume due to the author’s vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Some of the petition’s signatories are writers I admire. Some are booksellers. Others work at Penguin Random House, a division of which has published several of my books, and therefore might well be people who’ve helped my career. Nevertheless, with all due respect, I am forced to dissent from the petitioners’ dissent.