Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson is worried.
Her billion-dollar abortion chain has a lot riding on the November election, and it’s trying desperately to stop pro-life Judge Amy Coney Barrett from being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Of course, those worries are a signal of hope for the pro-life movement and the future of unborn babies.
In an interview with Vogue last week, Johnson described Barrett as an “active and vocal threat” to abortion.
“These are incredibly turbulent times, and it has been exhausting,” she told the magazine.
Barrett is President Donald Trump’s choice to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an idol of abortion activists who died in September. 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 lead to the undoing of Roe v. Wade and help restore protections for unborn babies.
Johnson said her abortion group plans to “hold our senators’ feet to the fire” to try to stop them from confirming her. She accused the Republican-controlled Senate of “rushing through” Barrett’s confirmation. The Senate Judiciary Committee began her confirmation hearing Monday.
“I think she is an active and vocal threat to reproductive health and rights,” the Planned Parenthood CEO said. “She’s already made it clear that she thinks Roe v. Wade is immoral, and part of our concern is that there are 17 cases that are one step away from the Supreme Court right now that could limit abortion access or lead to an outright ban.”
One of them is the Georgia heartbeat law, which prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. It currently is not in effect because of the legal challenge.
“It is clear [Coney Barrett] will be hostile toward reproductive rights …” Johnson said, later adding, “We know the majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade.”
Except, they do not. Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose what Roe v. Wade did: force states to legalize abortion on demand. The 1973 ruling made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
For decades, the abortion industry has relied on the courts to keep its billion-dollar business going.
Meanwhile, polls consistently show that most Americans want unborn babies to be protected in at least some circumstances, and voter-elected state legislatures have passed hundreds of pro-life laws in the past decade to protect unborn babies and mothers. However, the courts have struck down many of these laws under Roe v. Wade.
With the infamous abortion ruling gone, the power to protect unborn babies’ lives would return to the states.
Pro-life leaders hope Barrett will help to restore basic human rights for unborn babies and allow states to begin protecting them again.
Barrett is a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and 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 signed a letter in 2006 that described abortion as “barbaric” and called for an end to Roe v. Wade. She also was a member of the Notre Dame University Faculty for Life Group from 2010 to 2016, and she received an award from the Thomas More Society, a pro-life Catholic legal group, in 2018.
Additionally, she has made several statements about the value of babies in the womb. According to Law and Crime, 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.
The Senate Judiciary Committee began its hearing to confirm her Monday. Republicans narrowly control the U.S. Senate, and pro-life leaders have strong hopes that they will confirm Barrett. However, Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said his party will not “supply quorum” for votes in the Senate as a way to try and block her confirmation.