The CEO of Planned Parenthood said on Mother’s Day on MSNBC that the Supreme Court has now “been fully captured” by a “conservative supermajority” that has attacked abortion rights and, therefore, must be reformed, along with the lower courts as well.
Led by former Biden White House Press Secretary-turned MSNBC opinion host Jen Psaki, Alexis McGill Johnson said “the reality is the Court now has been fully captured in so many areas.”
Court reform is essential in the fight ahead to ensure that future generations have the rights they deserve. Planned Parenthood’s President & CEO @alexismcgill shares with @InsideWithPsaki why. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/BKRbflVIYD
— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) May 15, 2023
“The fact that you have again, this lone Texas judge that can now bring cases” that can ultimately be brought to the Fifth Circuit, “which is also conservative, and up to the Supreme Court, now which has a conservative supermajority” –
“Find a court you want to hear your case –“ Psaki interrupted Johnson in order to agree with her.
“Exactly,” McGill Johnson affirmed. “And that is a way to circumvent the way in which, you know, kind of popularly elected opinions, decisions are made.”
McGill Johnson said Planned Parenthood is looking to see both “structural” and “ethical reforms”:
And so, we think it’s incredibly important now to both name the fact that that, you know, we need to see expanded courts from you know, the lower courts all the way up to the Supreme Court. We need to see term limits. We need to see ethical, you know, reforms, raising very questions about the fact that these, these people, with lifetime appointments that are very much out of step with where the majority of people are on a variety issues, means that, you know, the, the legitimacy is in fact in question.
When asked by Psaki for more details on the types of structural reforms she was urging, i.e., “How long do you think the term limits should be?” and “How do you think, how many seats should it be expanded to?” McGill Johnson described those questions as “in the weeds.”
“I think that the general call is actually what’s important,” she stated.
According to the pro-abortion rights Guttmacher Institute, drug-induced abortion “now accounts for more than half of all U.S. abortions,” and, therefore, a significant portion of the abortion industry’s profits.
In comments to The Star News Network, Abby Johnson, founder of And Then There Were None, a ministry that helps abortion workers leave the industry, said the Planned Parenthood CEO’s call for Supreme Court reform allows Americans “yet again to see how singularly focused Planned Parenthood is: all they care about is their bottom line, which is to provide as many abortions as possible.”
“They will do anything it takes to ensure their religion of complete annihilation of the most innocent among us is carried out,” said Johnson, who once worked as a Planned Parenthood director and is now a national pro-life activist.
“It comes as zero surprise that they are spending upwards of $100,000 to promote this specific agenda of ‘fixing’ the courts just because they don’t like how judges have ruled against them,” she noted. “How about putting that money into prenatal care or providing baby gear, rental assistance, or clothing for struggling mothers? The government needs to immediately stop funding this corrupt and harmful organization.”
The answer to an unplanned pregnancy isn’t to kill the baby. The answer is to support women so they’re capable of taking care of their child or finding a loving family to adopt the child.
Murder shouldn’t be an option.
— Abby Johnson (@AbbyJohnson) May 15, 2023
“Planned Parenthood’s desire to stack the court with biased judges reflects a failure of imagination on their point, after using courts for years to bully legislatures and voters,” Kristi Hamrick, vice president of media and policy for Students for Life Action, also told The Star News Network. “They want to return to their old tricks of forcing their agenda rather than building any kind of consensus. Fair minded people will oppose this as we elect legislators who are accountable to the voters for the most difficult issues, rather than appointing Planned Parenthood favoring rulers from a bench.”
McGill Johnson’s interview aired in advance of arguments Wednesday to be heard before the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA, a major chemical abortion drug case.
A ruling by Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, a Donald Trump appointee, stayed the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the abortion drug mifepristone nationwide.
Within hours of that ruling, however, a Washington State federal judge then issued a decision in State of Washington v. United States Food and Drug Administration, which blocked “altering the status quo and rights as it relates to the availability of Mifepristone.”
In April, the Supreme Court issued a decision that allows for the continued use of mifepristone while the case is appealed.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed the lawsuit in November against the FDA on behalf of the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, a nonprofit group of roughly 30,000 healthcare professionals.
The healthcare professionals argued FDA demonstrated a reckless and insufficient screening of the drug-induced abortion regimen that includes mifepristone, along with its gradual removal of restrictions that were in place to protect the safety of women.
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