Susan Collins, one of two pro-abortion Republicans in the Senate, announced this morning that she will vote for pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Her vote almost guarantees that Jackson’s nomination will be approved despite massive concern over her giving light prison sentences to child pornographers.
Collins said in a statement Tuesday that she met with Jackson a second time after four days of hearings last week and decided that “she possesses the experience, qualifications, and integrity to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.”
“I will, therefore, vote to confirm her to this position,” Collins said.
Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema hasn’t yet said how she would vote but pro-life Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia will vote for Jackson along with the rest of the Democrat caucus. With Susan Collins and potentially another Republican Lisa Murkowski voting for Jackson, Democrats would at least get the 50 votes they need to tie and allow Kamala Harris to make the tie-breaking vote.
Jackson will likely receive between 51 and 53 votes for confirmation.
Dozens of leading pro-life groups oppose Jackson, who has called pro-life Americans “hostile, noisy and in your face” people. And she tried to take away free speech rights from pro-life Americans.
Her record on unborn babies’ rights has pro-life advocates opposing her nomination. Then, Senator Josh Hawley, a pro-life Republican, raised additional concerns about Jackson’s “soft” record on child sex offenders. He voiced those concerns in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pointing to seven cases in which Jackson gave lenient sentences to criminals convicted of possessing child pornography and other child sexual abuse charges. And the White House tried to hide her concerning record.
Jackson has the support of NARAL Pro-Choice America, which advocates for abortions without limits up to birth, as well as leftist “dark money” groups linked to pro-abortion billionaire George Soros.
She also ruled against the Trump administration’s efforts to defund the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood, and she clerked for pro-abortion Justice Stephen Breyer when he issued an opinion against the partial-birth abortion ban.
Joe Biden promised to nominate a justice who believes in the so-called “right” to abort an unborn baby. If confirmed, Jackson would replace retiring Justice Breyer.