Catholic Group Supports Ketanji Brown Jackson Even Though She’s Pro-Abortion

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 31, 2022   |   12:28PM   |   Washington, DC

Network, a political lobbying group that identifies as Catholic, joined other groups Wednesday in calling for the confirmation of pro-abortion U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Jackson is President Joe Biden’s choice to fill retiring Justice Stephen Breyer’s seat; and Biden promised to choose a justice who believes in the so-called “right” to abort an unborn baby. Jackson also has the support of NARAL Pro-Choice America, which advocates for abortions without limits up to birth, as well as leftist “dark money” groups funded by pro-abortion billionaire George Soros.

Both pro-life and abortion activists believe Jackson would support Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand if confirmed to the high court, and many Catholics oppose her for this very reason.

Network, however, believes Jackson would “enrich” the high court, according to the Catholic News Service.

“It is long past time to have a Black woman on the nation’s highest court,” the group wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin, D-Illinois. “Having Judge Jackson on the court will enrich judicial decision making, increase public trust in our courts, and move us closer to a court that better represents the experiences of all people and families in the United States.”

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At a rally Wednesday in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, Mary Novak, executive director of Network, praised Jackson for being calm and gracious during her hearing last week, the report continues.

“We need her,” Novak said. “Network’s got your back.”

In the letter, her organization urged Durbin to confirm Jackson “with bipartisan support and all deliberate speed.”

Catholics for Choice, a pro-abortion group that claims the Catholic label but is not affiliated with the church, also participated in the rally, according to the report.

Pro-life leaders and Republicans have raised many concerns about Jackson’s record. In 2001, she co-authored an amicus brief supporting a Massachusetts law that created a floating “buffer zone” to prevent pro-life sidewalk counselors from approaching women outside of abortion facilities. Her clients included NARAL and the Abortion Access Project of Massachusetts.

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 Breyer when he issued an opinion against the partial-birth abortion ban.

U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, raised other concerns about Jackson’s “soft” record on criminals convicted of child pornography offenses.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on her confirmation April 4, and a full vote in the Senate likely will be held later that week.