Abortion Activists Push and Shove Pro-Life Students at Supreme Court During Jackson Hearing

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 22, 2022   |   3:23PM   |   Washington, DC

Abortion activists shoved and tried to intimidate pro-life advocates Monday in Washington, D.C. as the U.S. Senate considers the confirmation of pro-abortion nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.

Advocates on both sides of the abortion issue gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court building to urge the Senate to reject or confirm Jackson as the replacement to retiring Justice Steven Breyer.

Afterward, Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, called out the “violent abortion activists” on Twitter, sharing a video of a student pro-life leader being surrounded and shoved at the protest.

In the video, the pro-life woman chants, “Women deserve better. Abortion hurts women,” as abortion activists surround her. Then, an abortion activist in a yellow T-shirt shoves the pro-life woman, prompting her to run away.

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A Daily Caller journalist described the protesters as “clashing” and “getting aggressive” as they advocated for Jackson’s confirmation. Pro-life advocates carried signs that read “NOT TODAY KBJ” while abortion activists’ signs read “Confirm KBJ” and “Reproductive Freedom For All.”

A video from the Washington Examiner shows a pro-abortion woman in a purple coat waving her middle finger at pro-life advocates as they chant, “We demand justice for life” and “Abortion is violence.”

About three minutes later, the same woman can be seen positioning herself close to the pro-life group and waving other abortion activists to join her. Eventually, the pro-abortion protesters surround the smaller group of pro-life protesters in what appears to be an intimidation tactic. The pro-abortion protesters also shout over the pro-lifers and cover up their signs as people who appear to be journalists stand at the edge of the group with cameras.

A third video posted by the Examiner shows the same woman in the purple coat getting in the face of another pro-life woman. When the pro-lifer walks away, the pro-abortion woman follows her and stands right in front of her, at one point appearing to shove her.

At another point, the video shows the same pro-abortion woman positioning herself right in front of Terrisa Bukovinac, founder of the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), and then shoving and pushing her multiple times.

Hawkins said that pro-abortion and leftist “dark money” groups want Jackson on the high court is a sign of just how radical she would be.

“What do dark-money radicals who agitate for abortion and against faith expect to get from Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in exchange for their MILLIONS of dollars spent pushing her nomination?” she asked.

Hawkins pointed to Jackson’s work for Justice Steven Breyer when he wrote an opinion against the partial-birth abortion ban as one example. Jackson also has the support of NARAL Pro-Choice America, which advocates for abortions without limits up to birth.

As a young lawyer, Jackson worked with abortion activists on a case about suppressing pro-life advocates’ free speech in Massachusetts. Later, as a federal judge, she ruled against the Trump administration’s efforts to defund the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood.

President Joe Biden chose Jackson, currently a justice on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, to replace retiring Justice Breyer. Biden promised that he would appoint a black female justice who supports the so-called “right” to abortion on demand, and pro-abortion groups have praised her nomination.

Her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee began Monday and is scheduled to continue through Thursday.\