Amy Coney Barrett Signed Newspaper Ad Supporting Far-Right Anti-Abortion Group
President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett reportedly signed onto an ad from a far-right anti-abortion group that believes abortion providers should be prosecuted and that “the discarding of unused or frozen embryos created in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process ought to be criminalized,” The Guardian reported.
In 2006, while Barrett worked as a law professor at Notre Dame, she was one of hundreds of people who signed a full-page newspaper advertisement sponsored by St Joseph County Right to Life, an extreme anti-choice group located in the city of South Bend, which is in the region know as Michiana.
The advertisement, which appeared in the South Bend Tribune, stated: “We, the following citizens of Michiana, oppose abortion on demand and defend the right to life from fertilization to natural death. Please continue to pray to end abortion.”
- Both Barrett and her husband signed the ad, according to the report.
- Jackie Appleman, the executive director of St Joseph County Right to Life, confirmed the group’s extreme views in an interview with The Guardian.
“Whether embryos are implanted in the woman and then selectively reduced or it’s done in a petri dish and then discarded, you’re still ending a new human life at that point and we do oppose that,” Appleman said, adding that the discarding of embryos during the IVF process was equal to the act of having an abortion.
Asked whether doctors who perform abortion ought to be criminalized, she said: “We support the criminalization of the doctors who perform abortions. At this point we are not supportive of criminalizing the women. We would be supportive of criminalizing the discarding of frozen embryos or selective reduction through the IVF process.”
- The Guardian noted: “While it publishes a full-page advertisement every year, to mark the passage of Roe v Wade, Barrett’s name did not appear in any other ads that the Guardian found after 2006.”