Abortion hysteria follows SCOTUS appointment

By Lisa Correnti | September 30, 2020

According to abortion groups the sky is falling—yes, that’s what will happen if President Trump’s nominee Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, they say. Not only could abortion be gravely restricted, but women will once again find themselves tossed out of boardrooms and in the kitchen barefoot and pregnant.

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg intensified an already highly divisive national presidential election. While abortion is always an important election topic, the imminent appointment of Barrett, one that may move the Supreme Court to a conservative majority, has liberal women’s groups employing scare tactics, warning that women’s rights will be rolled back dramatically.

“President Trump and his Republican allies have made clear that they want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, and strike down the Affordable Care Act and many crucial civil rights. By nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett, they will move one step closer to meeting those goals…Barrett has staked out extreme positions on these issues that would put all of these things at risk,” EMILY’s List said in a statement.  Over the past 15 years EMILY’s List has directed $600 million to help elect candidates that support abortion rights.

“At this unprecedented time, and while the nation is still mourning and paying tribute to Justice Ginsburg’s tremendous contributions to advancing equality, President Donald Trump has nominated a replacement who would gut Justice Ginsburg’s legacy and turn back five decades of advancement for reproductive rights,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights in a statement released after Barrett’s nomination. The Center for Reproductive Rights works globally to strike down pro-life laws.

A recent Guardian article questioned whether a Trump appointee would back corporate interests leading to more cases of companies violating sex discrimination laws in the name of religion. Emily Martin, vice-president for education and workplace justice at the National Women’s Law Center, a group that advocates for unrestricted abortion access, said the following:

The implications could be far-reaching: unmarried women fired for getting pregnant or living out of wedlock, women losing their jobs after using in vitro fertilization. A life free of discrimination at work and school, or when buying property, “all of those questions really will be directly affected by this court seat,” Martin said.

And a recent Associated Press article questioned Barrett’s involvement in a Christian charismatic movement suggesting she adhered to the subordination of women.

Barrett’s affiliation with a conservative religious group that elevates the role of men has drawn particular scrutiny given that she would be filling the high court seat held by Ginsburg, a feminist icon who spent her legal career fighting for women to have full equality.

Yet, the image that Barrett showed the country on Saturday when accepting the nomination in the Rose Garden directly contradicts this. Surrounded by her husband and seven children, Barrett offers a fully realized image of a professional woman — one who has chosen marriage, children and professional advancement, and one that is embraced broadly by young working moms throughout the country.

But this “choice” contrasts with the false narrative that liberal feminists have long insisted, that unrestricted legal abortion is necessary if women are to successfully navigate economic empowerment and professional achievement.

Judge Barrett and women like her threaten this narrative, as well as the livelihood of abortion groups that make millions of dollars exploiting women and girls with unplanned pregnancies.

From Planned Parenthood Action Fund president Alexis McGill Johnson:

This seat should be filled by someone who understands that she stands in a line she can’t see, extending straight behind her through Justice Ginsburg and every woman who fought for her privilege to be there. Women whose sacrifice means she has control over her own career, her own life, her own body. Women whose freedom, whether she acknowledges it or not, is tied up with her own. Nothing about Barrett’s record suggests she will fight for those women—but we sure as hell will.

Sadly, it is a very long line of women victimized by the harm of abortion from the “my body, my choice” rhetoric of abortion advocates. In 2019 Planned Parenthood reported performing abortions on 345,000 women — since the legalization of abortion in 1973 over 61 million babies have been aborted in the United States.

Barrett correctly noted in her statement that Justice Ginsburg broke the glass ceiling making great strides to end women’s employment discrimination. Yet, what Justice Barrett demonstrates is that women need not sacrifice marriage and children to do it.