Senate Confirms Leftist Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court, 3 Republicans Vote With Democrats

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 7, 2022   |   2:19PM   |   Washington, DC

The Senate voted today to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court despite her liberal record supporting abortion and even though Jackson has been thoroughly criticized for light prison sentences for child pornographers.

The vote was 53-47 with Republicans Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins voting with all 50 Democrats to confirm her. The other 47 Republicans banded together to oppose Jackson’s confirmation.

“I see hallmarks of judicial activism in Judge Jackson’s record. Therefore, I will vote no,” Republican Lead Mitch McConnell  said Thursday morning ahead of the vote.

“We’ve seen over and over that when judicial activism triumphs over fidelity to the rule of law, our courts mutate, mutate into clumsy proxy battlefields for arguments that belong in this chamber and out in 50 state legislatures,” McConnell said. “This is unfair to the American people. It damages our institutions, not the least the courts themselves.”

“Top Republicans will not imply she is illegitimate. We will not call for court-packing. I won’t be joining any mobs outside her new workplace and threatening her by name,” McConnell said in comments directed at Democrats’ behavior regarding the Supreme Court that Republicans say is dangerous.

“Democrats must stop their political siege of the institution that Judge Jackson is about to join,” he said. “They must stop their assault on judicial independence. We’re about to have a new justice whose fan club has openly attacked the rule of law.”

“Judge Jackson will quickly face a fork in the road. One approach to her new job will delight the far left. A different approach would honor the separation of powers and the Constitution,” McConnell said. “The soon-to-be justice can either satisfy her radical fan club or help preserve the judiciary that Americans need, but not both. I’m afraid the nominee’s record tells us which is likely, but I hope Judge Jackson proves me wrong.”

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Leading pro-life groups told LifeNews they were disappointed by the confirmation.

“The importance of elections was underscored today as the U.S. Senate confirmed abortion extremist Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.

“A pro-life majority in the Senate would have prevented the confirmation of a jurist who can’t say when life begins and doesn’t know how to define a woman,” he said. “This year’s midterm elections give us an opportunity to correct this situation and restore a reliable pro-life majority to the Senate, and the House.”

“Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation fulfills President Biden’s promise to the abortion lobby and raises the stakes of this year’s critical midterm elections,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “As we await a decision in the Dobbs case, momentum is growing nationwide to protect unborn children and their mothers. Americans of all stripes want to modernize our extreme laws that allow abortion on demand up to birth, well after science shows babies in the womb feel pain. More than ever we need pro-life champions in the states and Washington who act on the will of the people and represent their values.

“We thank all our pro-life Senate allies who questioned Jackson about her radical anti-life views and voted against confirmation. We will work tirelessly to take back the House and Senate this November and we will never stop fighting to hold pro-abortion politicians accountable at the ballot box.”

Students for Life Action President Kristan Hawkins called the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson “a clear threat to those who value free speech rights and preborn children,” and pledged to hold GOP Senators Romney, Murkowski, and Collins accountable for the kinds of decisions that will come from Jackson once on the high court.

Hawkins continued: “Her defense of stabbing partially delivered preborn babies during an abortion reveals an abortion mindset that has extreme consequences, especially considering events in our nation’s capital right now as we call for investigation into the cause of deaths of five babies who died suspiciously. And her actions in trying to prevent peaceful student-lead prayer or protests shows a troubling disrespect for those who do not think as she does. Her record presents a clear threat to groups like mine.”

Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, was also disappointed.

“The March for Life is disappointed by the Senate’s vote today to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to our nation’s highest court. Judge Jackson’s record of judicial activism fails to align with the role of a Supreme Court Justice, which is to interpret the constitution without prejudice and to apply the law in an unbiased manner. Pro-life Americans understand the dangers of judicial activism, and the threats it poses to women and their children, all too well. Despite today’s confirmation, the pro-life movement remains steadfast in working for equal protection for every American – born and unborn.”

In comments on the Senate floor yesterday regarding the Supreme Court nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson, pro-life Texas Senator Ted Cruz says she doesn’t hold the Constitutioonal view that all people have a right to life.

“She doesn’t hold a position that ‘all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights… Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.’ Judge Jackson says she has no position on whether you have a right to life.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Monday ended in a tie with 11 Democrats voting yes and 11 Republicans voting no. After the vote, Senate Democrats pursued a discharge motion on the Senate floor to bring the nomination there for debate and vote.

The Senate voted 53-47 to bring Jackson’s nomination to the floor, with Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins also voting for that motion.

Senator Tim Scott announced why he is voting against Ketanji Brown Jackson: “The historic nature of Judge Jackson’s nomination reinforces the progress our country has made. However, ideology must be the determining factor—not identity.”

During the statements before the vote, Sen. Lindsey Graham, who will oppose Jackson marking his first “no” vote on a Supreme Court nominee, argued that Jackson was meant to appeal to the “hard left.”

“They made that choice and we’ll see how it plays out,” Graham said about the White House’s decision. “She wants an outcome, she’s going to find it.”

Other senators talked about her very concerning record of light prison sentences for criminals who abuse children. One new report shows her sentences are 35% lower than the national average.

“These aren’t just numbers. These are criminals with real victims,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

Joe Biden’s nominee for the Supreme Court is not only an abortion proponent, but she came under fire during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for giving convicted child pornographers the lightest sentences possible.

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.

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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.

Jackson’s nomination is not going over well with Americans.

According to a national Rasmussen survey, 65% of Americans are either concerned or very concerned about her light sentences for child pornographers and that is split equally among me and women. Most Republicans were concerned but less than half of Democrats cared about child pornographers getting off easy.