October 11, 2018 - Thursday
You Be the Judge on Planned Parenthood's New Court Initiative
Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation fight may be over, but the same can't be said about the controversy. The president's opponents are refusing to go away quietly -- despite a seventh FBI investigation that didn't find a sniff of impropriety. Since they couldn't win in the Senate, liberals are determined to win in court -- firing off a round of ethics complaints to keep the new justice distracted.
That will be tough to do, since Chief Justice John Roberts is sending the grievances straight to his old office at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. There, Judge Karen Henderson made it clear to the press that the complaints (now totaling 15!) were about "public statements [Kavanaugh] made as a nominee to the Supreme Court" -- not about his conduct on the bench.
Four days into a job no one has fought harder to get, the rookie justice is still feeling the effects. "If you think our politics can't get uglier than the Kavanaugh fight," National Review's Jonah Goldberg warns, "think again." Planned Parenthood is already getting to work proving him right. After sinking tens of millions of dollars into campaigns that protect their own form of violence, the country's largest abortion provider is hiring. And not just for anyone -- for a Director of Judicial Nominations.
According to the job description, they're looking for someone to manage their "year-long national and state advocacy plans focused on high impact, high priority judicial nominations in the lower courts" as well as "in-state 360 campaigns that hold Senators accountable for appointing judges that value and protect access to abortion;" and "create a clear path for defeat and delay of targeted nominations." They would be Planned Parenthood's lead on "general opposition research" for the judges, with the purpose of highlighting "the danger of lifetime appointments of extremist judges to the future of progressive rights."
But here's the most egregious part, the person would be an employee of Planned Parenthood -- not its political advocacy arm, Planned Parenthood Action. So guess who's paying this staffer's salary? You. By putting the job under the group's nonprofit umbrella, taxpayers will almost certainly help foot the bill -- whether they want to or not. Thanks to the half-billion contribution from federal and state governments, Planned Parenthood can force Americans to join their cause -- which not only destroys lives, but pro-life judges too!
After the Kavanaugh confirmation, former CEO Cecile Richards urged people to "stay angry" because "you will need all your anger now." The same goes for conservatives who care about protecting innocent life. It's time for Congress to end this taxpayer-funded attack on American values. If you're looking for more reasons why, don't miss FRC's newest publication: "Planned Parenthood Is Not Pro-Woman." Learn how the organization takes advantage of women, ignores their physical and mental trauma, participates in criminal activity, and advocates for a culture of death. No matter where you come from or what your views are, this evidence will challenge your assumptions about Planned Parenthood. Download your free copy here!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.