Fallout for Planned Parenthood from the Kavanaugh Confirmation
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2018-10-10

Planned Parenthood was hysterical in its consistent efforts to try and stop the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh had been described by some legal scholars as the most qualified candidate ever to be nominated to the Court. Yet, Planned Parenthood was driven by an unrealistic fear that the simple addition of Kavanaugh to the Court would spell the end of its baby-killing business.

One of the most ridiculous of its efforts was its all-out attack on Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Collins has a 72 percent positive voting record from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She is one of two Republican senators who can normally be counted on to support Planned Parenthood’s efforts. In the over-all scheme of things, Senator Collins is extremely important to Planned Parenthood when it deals with a Senate that has a 51-49 Republican majority.

But, the political folks at Planned Parenthood didn’t care about that as they relentlessly attacked her, first as an “undecided” vote on Kavanaugh, and then when she decided to vote “yes” on his confirmation. The result of the vicious attack was captured in a Washington Timesheadline on the day after Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the new Supreme Court Justice. The headline read: Susan Collins swings back at Planned Parenthood over Supreme Court double-standard.

The opening line in that story is: “Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, accused Planned Parenthood of a Supreme Court double-standard Sunday, arguing that the organization has never supported a pro-choice justice nominated by a Republican president.”

Although Senator Collins is livid about the charges being thrown at her by Planned Parenthood, she has said she will continue to fight for its funding. However, if Planned Parenthood continues to renounce her and claim that she had “sided with those who disbelieved, disrespected, and even mocked survivors,” there may be greater fallout in the future.

In the meantime, this whole experience of the Kavanaugh nomination should give those who oppose Planned Parenthood a greater incentive to go to the polls on November 6 and elect a truly pro-life United States Senate.