Abortion activists have been flying in from all across the country this week to oppose the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, D.C.
More than 73 have been arrested for disrupting the U.S. Senate hearings, while others held rallies outside the building to demand that the conservative justice not be confirmed. Abortion activists have labeled Kavanaugh a “serious threat” to “women’s right” to abortion, while national pro-life leaders have expressed high hopes for Kavanaugh and the future of unborn babies’ rights.
ABC News spoke to several pro-abortion protesters who traveled from Tennessee, Maine, Colorado and other areas to voice their opposition to Kavanaugh.
Based on this and other reports, it is clear that most of the protesters are not grassroots Americans but political activists supported by some of the most rich, powerful pro-abortion groups in the country. Some protesters have admitted to being paid to interrupt the Senate hearings this week.
According to the report:
The activists ranged in age and ethnicity. Many were women and connected to health, reproductive rights or environmental groups.
Some were brought by groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America to tell their personal stories.
One was Marine veteran Alex Ferencz who became pregnant 11 months before the end of her military service, according to the report. She aborted her unborn baby at a Planned Parenthood near her base, and later traveled to Washington to share her story as part of an organized pro-abortion rally.
“I just think it’s so ridiculous,” Ferencz told ABC. “I am willing to sacrifice my life and work very hard to protect the freedoms that we love. And for somebody I have never known to say that I need to leave and wait to figure this out, because I didn’t know any better … If I can make the decision to join the Marine Corps, during a time of war, I can make the decision to terminate a pregnancy.”
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She was willing to sacrifice herself for her country but not for her own child.
Another abortion activist, Susan Johnston, 73, of Maine, said she had an illegal abortion when she was 18 and preparing for college. She also spoke at one of the many pro-abortion protests this week in D.C.
“I mean, this is somebody who can literally serve in this position, in that seat, for as long that he is around,” Johnston said. “And so, just the idea that he is not that progressive or that he may be not that open-minded, that’s very, very worrisome. Even if he gets voted in and in a year or two no big abortion laws, Roe vs. Wade, have been brought up … but what about in 10 years? What happens in 20 years?”
These protests are just some of the ways the abortion industry is trying to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Planned Parenthood also has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to pressure several swing-vote senators to oppose him.
Senate hearings on Kavanaugh’s confirmation began this week with repeated interruptions by protesters. Several prominent abortion activists were among the 70 protesters arrested Tuesday during the opening hearings, according to the AP. Among them were Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour, Alison Dreith of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, actress Piper Perabo, #VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi Sieck and UltraViolet Executive Director Shaunna Thomas, The Cut reports.
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.