The nation’s biggest abortion business is planning a massive offensive to defeat Supreme Court nominee Brad Kavanagh. The Planned Parenthood abortion chain is putting together a huge campaign to topple the nominee to the nation’s highest court — who it says would vote to overturn Roe v Wade, which allows virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy.
The campaign puts the onus on pro-life advocates to generate even more calls and emails into undecided Senators urging them to support Kavanaugh. President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court enjoys strong support from pro-life organizations who highlight his pro-life record on a key abortion issues as an indicator he will be a strong Supreme Court Justice.
Advocacy groups opposing President Trump‘s Supreme Court nominee say they’re ramping up the pressure on key senators during this week’s congressional recess.
“We are ramping up our work to show just how personal this fight is,” said Kelley Robinson, national organizing director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which says Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation would put abortion rights at risk.
Robinson said Planned Parenthood supporters will participate in more than 100 actions this week while senators are on recess, including voter education, letter writing and phone banking to target key senators, especially in Maine, Alaska and Nevada.
Planned Parenthood also bought full page ads in the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News in Maine, urging Sen. Susan Collins (R) to vote against Kavanaugh.
Collins, who supports abortion rights and is a key vote in the confirmation battle, has not yet said whether she supports Kavanaugh.
A federal judge, 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 U.S. Supreme Court.
National pro-life leaders have expressed high hopes for Kavanaugh and the future of unborn babies’ rights, while abortion activists are fighting heavily against his confirmation.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation rests with several U.S. Senators who often are swing votes on abortion and other issues. Republicans narrowly hold the Senate with a two member majority. Two Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, are being heavily lobbied by the abortion industry to oppose Kavanaugh. Both have pro-abortion voting records, but they did vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2017.
Other swing votes include Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly who are moderately pro-life and voted to confirm Gorsuch last year. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, who claims to be pro-life, already has said he will oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Pro-life Vice President Mike Pence can serve as a tie-breaking vote, as he has on other pro-life legislation in the past.
Kavanaugh has an extensive record of conservative decisions. In a recent, high-profile case, Kavanaugh agreed with the Trump administration that the government should not have to help facilitate abortions for illegal immigrant minors. He also ruled against the Obamacare HHS mandate that forced Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters of the Poor and other Christian-run businesses and organizations to fund drugs that may cause abortions in their employee health care plans. He recently upheld religious free speech in a case involving the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (the Metro) as well.