Pro-abortion groups are spending millions of dollars to try to stop Amy Coney Barrett from being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Hill reports some groups are spending twice the amount that they did two years ago when President Donald Trump nominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
These include Demand Justice, a progressive pro-abortion group, which plans to spend $10 million on ads against Barrett, the report states. Its ads, scheduled to air in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa and North Carolina, focus on the potential impact of Trump’s choice.
Planned Parenthood also is fighting to stop Barrett from being confirmed, but it refused to tell The Hill how much it is spending on the effort. Overall, the billion-dollar abortion chain plans to spend at least $45 million on the 2020 election.
Last week, Trump named Barrett as his choice to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a heroine of abortion activists. The president and many others have praised Barrett as a “brilliant and gifted” lawyer who will uphold the Constitution and not legislate from the bench.
A Notre Dame law professor and judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Barrett is Catholic, conservative and pro-life. If confirmed, pro-life advocates hope and abortion activists fear that she could lead to the undoing of Roe v. Wade and help restore protections for unborn babies.
According to Planned Parenthood, Barrett once said abortion is “always immoral” and suggested that Roe was wrongly decided.
“This is more than Justice Ginsburg’s seat — it’s the people’s seat. Planned Parenthood Action Fund will rise up and fight to stop Amy Coney Barrett, and any nomination, before the 2021 Inauguration,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, in a statement.
The abortion group is lobbying the U.S. Senate to delay any confirmation until after the November election when it hopes pro-abortion Democrat Joe Biden will win. Biden promised to appoint judges who support a “woman’s right to choose” abortion.
Documents uncovered by The Stream this week suggest leftist groups plan to use the angle that voters should decide who gets to appoint the next Supreme Court justice – even though they already have. Trump is still president, and the vacancy happened under his administration.
According to the report, the leftist groups also are planning protests outside courthouses across the nation on Sunday.
Meanwhile, pro-life and conservative groups also are spending millions of dollars in support of Barrett, according to The Hill. They include the Susan B. Anthony List, the Judiciary Crisis Network and Americans for Prosperity.
If confirmed by the Senate, Barrett would solidify a strong 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court.
The Senate has a Republican majority, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said they have the votes to confirm Barrett before the November presidential election. A hearing on her confirmation is scheduled for Oct. 12.
Barrett is a former clerk of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Like Scalia, she 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.