Planned Parenthood has won most of its victories the past few years in courts, rather than legislatures.
So, it’s no surprise that the top abortion chain in America is watching President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees very closely and, in many cases, lobbying against them.
In an op-ed for The Hill this week, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards blasted Trump’s choices of conservative judges Steven Grasz and Amy Coney Barrett for the 8th and 7th Circuit Courts of Appeals, respectively.
She characterized them as “ideologues who would put politicians in charge of some of the most fundamental decisions a woman has to make: where she gets health care and if and when she has a child.”
Specifically, Richards complained that Barrett has been a vocal opponent of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed abortion on demand up until birth. Richards also claimed Planned Parenthood fights for women while attacking Barrett, a woman.
Richards clearly stated why she is so concerned about Barrett and Grasz:
All told, there are more than 140 federal judicial vacancies, each one a lifetime appointment. That’s why we need our senators to do everything in their power to stop these nominees. The health and lives of millions of women are at stake.
Because across the country, the courts are often the only check on lawmakers bent on making women’s health care decisions.
During the first six months of this year, legislators in six states have introduced measures to ban all abortions, and legislators in 28 states have introduced measures to ban abortions under some circumstances, many of which should be struck down under the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health. Many of these states also have judicial vacancies — future judges who could decide the fate of women’s health and lives in their states.
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Publicly-elected state legislatures passed a record number of pro-life laws in the past decade, but pro-abortion groups managed to block a number of them. They largely succeeded by filing lawsuits and relying on the courts to overturn pro-life laws. Many of the judges who sided with the abortion industry were appointed by President Barack Obama, who is pro-abortion.
The abortion chain is trying to cling to its judicial life-line by opposing conservative judges. Without it, the abortion industry could suffer huge losses – and unborn babies and moms could win huge victories for their protection and lives.