Jackson has never presided over a major First Amendment case. As a lawyer at a Boston firm in 2001, she filed a “friend of the court” brief supporting a Massachusetts law that established 35-foot buffer zones around abortion centers. She represented pro-abortion organizations such as NARAL Pro-Choice America to argue that the state had to insulate the centers from pro-life protests. The Supreme Court unanimously struck down the law in 2014 for infringing on pro-lifers’ First Amendment rights.
Heritage Foundation scholar Hans von Spakovsky called Jackson “probably the most left-wing ideologue that’s ever been nominated to the Supreme Court,” adding, “When you look at some of the decisions she’s signed on to, she doesn’t really care about the law or the Constitution, what she cares about are social causes and using her power as a judge to further this.”
Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious liberty law firm, also highlighted the importance of constitutional interpretation free from partisan sway. “If confirmed, we pray that Judge Jackson will heed the magnitude of that concern and respect the limits of her judicial office, ruling according to the Constitution, and not legislating from the bench,” general counsel Kristen Waggoner said in a statement.