(CNSNews.com) - Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who co-authored an amicus brief for Mass. NARAL while working for a private law firm in 2001, and has now been nominated to the Supreme Court by President Joe Biden, offered her thanks to God at her Senate confirmation today.
“Your careful attention to my nomination demonstrates you’re dedication to the crucial role that the Senate plays in this constitutional process. And I thank you,” Brown told the committee.
“And while I’m on the subject of gratitude I must also pause to reaffirm my thanks to God. For it is faith that sustains me at this moment,” she said.
In 2001, while in private law practice, Jackson co-authored an amicus brief in McGuire v. Reilly. At issue in the case was whether a Massachusetts law that effectively prohibited pro-life activists from approaching within six feet of another person in a public space within eighteen feet of an abortion clinic. The law exempted people who worked for the abortion clinic itself.
The top of the brief that Jackson co-authored listed Mass. NARAL as one of the amicus curiae that was submitting it.
It said: “Mass. NARAL is a statewide organization that works to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices.”
Here is the part of Judge Jackson’s opening statement where she thanked God:
Judge Jackson: “Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Grassley and distinguished members of the Judiciary Committee, thank you for convening this hearing and for considering my nomination as assciate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. I am humbled and honored to be here, and I am also truly grateful for the generous introductions that my former judicial colleague, Judge Tom Griffith, and my close friend, Prof. Lisa Fairfax, have so graciously provided. I am also very thankful for the confidence that President Biden has placed in me and for the kindness that he and the First Lady and the Vice President and the Second Gentleman have extended to me and my family. Today, will be the fourth time that I have had the honor of appearing before this committee to be considered for confirmation. Over the past three weeks, I have also had the honor of meeting each member of this committee separately and I have met with 45 senators in total. Your careful attention to my nomination demonstrates you’re dedication to the crucial role that the Senate plays in this constitutional process. And I thank you.
“And while I’m on the subject of gratitude I must also pause to reaffirm my thanks to God. For it is faith that sustains me at this moment.”