Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is a “direct threat” to Planned Parenthood’s primary business: killing unborn babies in abortions.
On Monday, Kim Greene, a Kentucky Planned Parenthood leader and attorney, inadvertently implied this when she criticize the pro-life judicial nominee in a column at the Courier Journal.
“Amy Coney Barrett’s judicial record, writings and views are clear,” Greene wrote. “She poses a direct threat to our reproductive health and rights and our ability to access health care through the Affordable Care Act.”
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 the Senate confirms her, Barrett would solidify a strong 6-3 conservative majority on the high court.
Pro-life advocates hope and abortion activists fear that she could help restore protections to unborn babies through the high court. And Greene said that could happen very soon with 17 abortion-related cases nearing the Supreme Court.
“Access to abortion is hanging on by a thread across the country,” Greene wrote.
If the Supreme Court does overturn Roe v. Wade, abortions would not become illegal across the country. Instead, the power to protect unborn babies or keep abortions legal would return to the states. Greene lamented that Kentucky would be one of the states that would ban abortions and protect unborn babies.
Roe is already meaningless because abortion is already inaccessible. These cases could dismantle what little abortion access is left. The incremental bans we are seeing in Kentucky and in states across the country are part of a coordinated attack to end safe and legal abortion. If Barrett is confirmed abortion, access could be eliminated for an estimated 25 million women of reproductive age.
Though abortion activists claim abortions are becoming harder to get, abortions are far from rare. According to the most recent Guttmacher Institute report, there were 862,320 abortions in 2017 alone. Planned Parenthood’s recent annual reports also show record abortion numbers, the most recent being more than 345,000 in 2019. That same year, Planned Parenthood posted a record revenue of $1.6 billion. These numbers indicate abortions are far from “rare” or “inaccessible.”
Abortions are not essential to anything other than Planned Parenthood’s and the rest of the abortion industry’s business. Killing an unborn baby is not health care, and women do not need to abort their unborn babies to be healthy or successful.
Many Americans believe that unborn babies deserve to be protected, and the Supreme Court has the power to allow states to do that.
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.
Republicans hold a majority in the U.S. Senate, and pro-life leaders have strong hopes that they will confirm Barrett. A vote is scheduled for later this week.