An outspoken North Carolina abortion clinic owner says she is “confident” the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade if President Donald Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is confirmed.
Calla Hales, who runs A Preferred Women’s Health Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, talked to Qnotes recently about the latest political battle over abortion.
“The attack on abortion care is absolutely nothing new,” the 28-year-old said. “Kavanaugh is just a continuing escalation. It shouldn’t be out of left-field for anybody.”
If confirmed, Kavanaugh would swing the high court to a 5-4 conservative majority and open up the possibility of overturning Roe v. Wade and restoring protections to unborn babies.
The radical pro-abortion group NARAL, Planned Parenthood and others have labeled Kavanaugh’s nomination a “serious threat” to “women’s right to safe, legal abortion,” while national pro-life leaders have expressed high hopes for Kavanaugh and the future of unborn babies’ rights.
Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. for more than a decade, where he developed an extensive record of protecting religious liberty and enforcing restrictions on abortion. Pro-life leaders believe he would do the same on the Supreme Court.
Some have predicted that a conservative Supreme Court could slowly dismantle Roe, rather than completely overturn it. Hales disagreed, saying the future of legalized abortion is at risk.
“I personally think he’s a bigger threat. I’m pretty confident that if Kavanaugh is confirmed, there will be an attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade,” she said. “This administration has said that is something they aim to do. People are hoping that this administration won’t do something that they’ve said they will, but they’re constantly proving to us they’re willing to do just about anything to get what they want.”
But even fully overturning Roe would not make abortion illegal in America. Instead, the power to restrict abortions and protect unborn babies’ lives would return to the states. A few states likely would protect unborn babies immediately, but most would have to pass legislation to restrict or prohibit abortions if Roe is overturned.
Hales admitted as much, pointing to a pre-Roe North Carolina law that legalized abortions up to 20 weeks. Still, she expressed concern about the future of her abortion business.
“You’d basically create a desert for reproductive healthcare,” Hales told the news outlet. “Patients would have to drive over 100 miles to seek care at their nearest healthcare facility. …To continue to restrict that, it’s going to sign a death warrant for a lot of people who cannot afford to travel for care.”
She expressed concern for patients, but abortions are not health care and abortion facilities like hers could continue to offer health care services such as women’s health exams, pap smears, cancer screenings, birth control, STD tests/treatment and more, if Roe is overturned. Her prediction that many facilities will close suggests that aborting unborn babies is their biggest business. Without it, many facilities like hers will no longer be lucrative.