KERRY HUBARTT COLUMN: Planned Parenthood’s desperation to scuttle Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation
Let us not lose sight of what the vicious partisanship in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh was all about from the beginning: the right to have an abortion. And Planned Parenthood, the nation’s No. 1 provider of abortions, has been at the forefront of the opposition to his nomination.
The left became apoplectic from the moment Kavanaugh was named by President Trump to be the candidate to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy, whose rulings ranged from right to left through the years, would be replaced with a candidate described as pro-life. The Democrats would have none of it.
And Planned Parenthood saw his potential nomination as a threat to their business of killing babies.
A statement from Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, upon the announcement of Kavanaugh as the nominee to the court said, “We oppose the nomination … There’s no way to sugarcoat it: with this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line.”
That’s why the contention against his nomination received unprecedented opposition from the beginning. It was clear that his opponents would say and do literally anything to prevent him from being confirmed to the court for fear the ensuing conservative bent among the nine justices would lead to the crumbling of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion.
Thus, when nothing else seemed to work to stop the confirmation process, Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein unloaded her 11th-hour bombshell when the infamous letter from Christine Blasey Ford suddenly came to light after the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings had just been completed. Suddenly the focus was not on abortion, but instead upon Ford’s allegations of sexual assault at a high school party 36 years ago, site and date unknown.
And the adamant opposition to Kavanaugh would not be assuaged, even by a seventh FBI investigation of the nominee’s past that turned up not a single confirmation of Ford’s allegations that Kavanaugh had attempted to rape her. The latest investigation was insisted upon by Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, who — no surprise — said after the FBI findings that he still wouldn’t vote for Kavanaugh because he has concerns about his “temperament and impartiality.”
There was literally nothing that would change the minds of the Democrats’ opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
And Planned Parenthood, it seems obvious, has had a big influence on their position.
CNS News reported this week that Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee strongly opposing Kavanaugh have been recipients of sizable donations from Planned Parenthood, totaling $29,961 this year. Since 1990, one of Kavanaugh’s most vocal opponents, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), has received $30,500 from Planned Parenthood affiliates. Sen. Feinstein (D-Calif.), was given $21,710, according to CNSNews.com, and Sen. Sheldon White House (D-R.I.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), all were among those receiving such donations.
But if that’s not convincing enough of Planned Parenthood’s desperation to scuttle Kavanaugh’s confirmation, how about this? A Tweet issued by Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) on Wednesday, National Poetry Day, said:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Senators vote NO on #Kavanaugh
Or else we’re coming for you
Now they are resorting to threats? That really is going too far.
Kerry Hubartt is former editor of The News-Sentinel.