Anti-Abortion Groups Ask Donnelly To Confirm Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

Aug 13, 2018

Sue Swayze Liebel with the Susan B. Anthony List speaks at a press conference near Joe Donnelly's Evansville office.
Credit Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly has not yet announced whether he will support Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. A coalition of anti-abortion groups held a press conference outside his Evansville office Monday morning and called on him to break ranks with his party.

Around 30 anti-abortion activists carrying signs that read “#ConfirmKavanaugh” and “I Vote Pro-Life” flanked Sue Swayze Liebel as she led them in a rallying call.

Swayze Liebel is with the Susan B. Anthony List, which supports anti-abortion candidates running for office. The organization partnered with Students for Life and Right-to-Life of Southwest Indiana for the press conference.

She told the crowd Kavanaugh could tip the court against federal abortion rights, so Donnelly should support him since the senator represents a state she says opposes abortion.

“Senator Donnelly claims to be pro-life but he has a history of betrayal on important pro-life votes…saying one thing here and voting another way in Washington,” she said.

The senator’s office said he is pro-life.

A 2014 survey from the Pew Research Center found a slim majority of Hoosiers, 51 percent, said abortion should be illegal in most or all cases.

A spokesperson for the senator said Donnelly will meet with the nominee later this week and continues to look into his record.

Confirmation hearings begin after Labor Day.