Sen. Kamala Harris slammed Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as a threat to abortion Monday during a speech in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Harris, a pro-abortion Democrat who raided the home of undercover journalist David Daleiden after he exposed Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby body parts trade, told voters that abortion rights are at stake, WRAL News reports.
“They just want to jam this nomination through as fast as they can,” Harris said. “It’s called raw power.”
President Donald Trump named Barrett as his choice Saturday to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an idol of abortion activists. The president and many others have praised Barrett as a “brilliant and gifted” lawyer.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Barrett would solidify a strong 6-3 conservative majority on the high court. Pro-life advocates hope and abortion activists fear that Barrett could help bring about the undoing of Roe v. Wade, which led to the deaths of 62 million unborn babies in abortions.
Ginsburg supported abortion on demand during her nearly three decades on the Supreme Court, and Harris, a close ally of Planned Parenthood, wants another abortion activist to replace her.
On Monday, she said it would be a dishonor to Ginsburg’s legacy if Trump’s nominee overturns Roe v. Wade, USA Today reports.
“We will not let the infection that President Trump has injected into the presidency and into Congress, that has paralyzed our politics and pitted Americans against each other, spread to the United States Supreme Court,” Harris continued. “This election is about our democracy.”
Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate, Harris is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has a hearing on Barrett’s confirmation scheduled for Oct. 12. She encouraged voters to speak out against the Supreme Court nominee.
“Vote as if your life, your choice depends on it – because it does,” Harris said. “He knows he can’t win if the people vote. Donald Trump is weak so he is throwing up every roadblock he can to try to suppress the vote. We the people cannot let him get away with it.”
Lives are at risk, but not in the way Harris claims. Because of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade, America is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Since it was handed down in 1973, about 62 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions.
For decades, pro-lifers have been working in numerous ways to protect unborn babies, support mothers and fathers and end abortions through elections, education, charity support and other outreaches. The U.S. Supreme Court has been a focal point, and pro-lifers have renewed hope that the legal rights of unborn babies may be restored.
Barrett’s voice would be a welcome change to the liberal, pro-abortion female justices on the court. Ginsburg especially was idolized by abortion activists for repeatedly ruling against pro-life laws. Though abortion is considered a “woman’s issue,” polls consistently show that many women are strongly pro-life and a majority want the law to protect unborn babies from abortion, at least in some circumstances.
Barrett is a former clerk of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Like Scalia, Barrett has been described as an “originalist” judge. Though her judicial rulings on abortion are few, she did rule in support of two Indiana pro-life laws during her time on the Seventh Circuit.
She also has made several statements about the value of babies in the womb. According to the Law and Crime blog, Barrett signed a public letter in 2015 that emphasized “the value of human life from conception to natural death.” She also said she believes that life begins at conception.
Barrett is a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, a devout Catholic and a wife and mother of seven children.