March 23, 2022

“HOSTILE,” “NOISY,” “IN-YOUR-FACE” | Judge Jackson on Pro-Life Advocates

Judge Jackson has consistently sided with Planned Parenthood and anti-life advocates

In private practice, Judge Jackson advocated against pro-life advocates’ First Amendment right to express respect for the sanctity of life 

  • Three pro-life women challenged a Massachusetts law that banned them from offering counseling and distributing leaflets outside of abortion clinics 
  • A federal district court sided with them, stating that First Amendment rights ensure “[p]ro-life advocates who firmly believe that abortion remains a grave moral evil must be given as equal an opportunity as their opponents” to express their message 
  • Judge Jackson disagreed, arguing for pro-abortion groups that the women and the group they were a part of were “a hostile, noisy crowd of ‘in-your-face’ protestors.
  • Here’s a picture of the group she’s referring to: 
Photo: John Wilcox/Boston Herald 
 
  • Here’s a picture of one of the plaintiffs in McGuire v. Reilly: 
 Photo: John Wilcox/Boston Herald 
  •  Needless to say, Judge Jackson lost. The Supreme Court ultimately struck down the Massachusetts law as unconstitutional (holding that the law burdened pro-life advocates’ free speech rights substantially more than was necessary to further the government’s interest in maintaining public safety) 
At every turn, Judge Jackson ensured Planned Parenthood and anti-life groups were able to receive funding from taxpayers 

  • The Obama administration awarded federal funds to over 80 nonprofit organizations, targeting these funds at abortion providers that marketed their services to teenage girls 
  • The Trump administration tried to stop tax dollars from being sent to group providing abortions to teenagers
  • Anti-life groups sued and, in each of the cases Judge Jackson heard on the issue, she ruled in favor of the abortion provider:
  1. Judge Jackson denied a motion from the Trump administration, allowing the abortion provider Healthy Futures of Texas to sue for federal funding 
  2. Judge Jackson also granted Healthy Future of Texas’ request to certify a class action lawsuit against the Trump administration 
  3. Judge Jackson ruled against the Trump administration in another case, stating that cutting off federal abortion funds was arbitrary  

-30-