Democrat senators backed by the pro-abortion movement blasted U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as a threat to Roe v. Wade on Monday during her Senate confirmation hearing.
Planned Parenthood favorites Sens. Kamala Harris, of California, and Cory Booker, of New Jersey, especially tried to drum up fear by claiming women’s rights are at stake. And by women’s rights, they mean abortion on demand. Barrett believes in “the value of human life from conception to natural death.”
“People are scared right now … because they know what a future without the protections of Roe v. Wade looks like,” Booker said at the hearing. “Without Roe v. Wade, our country looks like people being denied the ability to make decisions about their own bodies, not just while they are pregnant but being stripped of the right to plan for their future.”
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 confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Barrett would solidify a strong 6-3 conservative majority on the high court.
Pro-life advocates hope and abortion activists fear that Barrett could lead to the undoing of Roe v. Wade and help restore protections for unborn babies.
Harris, the Democrat vice presidential candidate, described the Supreme Court as a “refuge” for the most vulnerable and Republicans as the enemies of the American people because they think it is wrong to kill unborn babies.
“The right to safe and legal abortion is at stake,” she told the committee. “Throughout our history, Americans have brought cases to the Supreme Court in the ongoing fight for civil rights, human rights, and equal justice. Decisions like Brown v. Board of Education, which opened up educational opportunities for Black boys and girls, Roe v. Wade, which recognized a woman’s right to control her body …”
Harris slammed Trump for choosing a woman who will “undo” Ginsburg’s “legacy” as a staunch abortion supporter. Harris claimed Republicans’ “priorities are not the American people’s priorities.”
Booker went even further, claiming pro-lifers are trying to “control and criminalize women” by passing laws and appointing judges to protect the human rights of babies in the womb.
“Thank you, @SenBooker for breaking down what’s at stake if Roe v Wade were overturned. You are absolutely right. Abortion access is at stake,” Planned Parenthood tweeted afterward.
But polls show Americans support Barrett’s confirmation by a double-digit margin and few support the radical pro-abortion agenda of the Democratic Party. Polls consistently show that most Americans want unborn babies to be protected in at least some circumstances.
Pro-life leaders hope Barrett will help to restore basic human rights for unborn babies and allow states to begin protecting them again.
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.
The Senate Judiciary Committee began its hearing to confirm her Monday. Republicans narrowly control the U.S. Senate, and pro-life leaders have strong hopes that they will confirm Barrett. However, Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said his party will not “supply quorum” for votes in the Senate as a way to try and block her confirmation.