Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, tweeted that they “still believe” Julie Swetnick after the Judiciary Committee said they were referring Swetnick and her attorney Michael Avenatti to the Department of Justice.
Swetnick was one of the women who accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of gang rape in high school — however, she contradicted herself later in an NBC News interview on October 1 saying she never witnessed Kavanaugh spiking drinks or involved in gang rapes, “as she had alleged under penalty of felony.”
Here is a picture of my client Julie Swetnick. She is courageous, brave and honest. We ask that her privacy and that of her family be respected. pic.twitter.com/auuSeHm5s0
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 26, 2018
“Swetnick made her allegations in a sworn statement to the committee on September 26,” a press release said from the Senate Judiciary Committee. “In an October 1 interview with NBC News, however, Swetnick specifically and explicitly back-tracked or contradicted key parts of her sworn statement on these and other allegations.”
“In subsequent interviews, Avenatti likewise cast serious doubt on or contradicted the allegations while insisting that he had thoroughly vetted his client.”
However, despite all of that, Planned Parenthood still showed their support for Kavanaugh’s accuser — which got them a lot of backlash.
We still believe Julie Swetnick. #BelieveSurvivors
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) October 25, 2018
Twitter reacted to Planned Parenthood Action’s comment:
Y'all really like to double down on being wrong. https://t.co/RIJt5DBUwV
— Alyssa E. Hackbarth (@AlyssaEinDC) October 25, 2018
You're dumber than we give you credit for. And that's saying something. https://t.co/Xm0Kc0rrTf
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) October 25, 2018
Julie Swetnick no longer believes the sworn statement made by Julie Swetnick https://t.co/ukkn55YNcT
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) October 25, 2018
Says the people who allow no survivors.
— Todd Kron (@Toddkron) October 25, 2018
So do you also believe kieth Ellison? Or his wife?
— Lindy Zee (@zee_lindy) October 25, 2018
I'll #BelieveSurvivors when they start telling the damn truth.
And survivors? What does an organization dedicated to wiping out 300,000 babies a year know about surviving? If something "survives" in your care, it's considered a mistake.
— Derrick High (@derrickhigh02) October 25, 2018
— antipinko (@antipinko) October 25, 2018
.Interesting stance coming from an organization whose main goal is to make sure there are no survivors #DefundPlannedParenthood
— America (@GraceflLady) October 26, 2018
— ChristiL (@Christi70120201) October 25, 2018
But not Juanita Broadrick.
— Elizabeth Anthony (@puffhag) October 26, 2018
NARAL, another pro-choice group, also tweeted “We still believe Julie Swetnick.”
— NARAL (@NARAL) October 25, 2018
They also received comments from people who weren’t so happy about their support — or lack of support for other women:
But you don't believe Ellison's girlfriend or Booker's accuser though I bet.
— JoeInNoHo (@JoeInNoHo) October 25, 2018
— Joel Kim (@Obsessed4c) October 26, 2018
So you believe her when she was interviewed and changed her story to I can’t say it was Kavanaugh??? You should really be ashamed of yourself for continuing this nonsense! It hurts real victims ? I look forward to the day she flips on Avanetti and she will…just watch
— Bella Anima (@angela214) October 26, 2018
Another Planned Parenthood Action tweet got them in hot water when they claimed people would be “erased”:
Bloodthirsty sociopaths. The only people who are being "erased" are the millions of unborn human beings you've murdered — many of whom are people of color, immigrants, future women and people of low income.
— Rod Pelletier (@RodPelletier) October 25, 2018
Yesterday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) referred Avenatti and Swetnick to the Department of Justice for “providing false statements, obstructing congressional investigations, and conspiracy.”
“But in the heat of partisan moments, some do try to knowingly mislead the committee. That’s unfair to my colleagues, the nominees and others providing information who are seeking the truth. It stifles our ability to work on legitimate lines of inquiry."—@ChuckGrassley
— Senate Judiciary (@senjudiciary) October 25, 2018
“Let’s start the investigation tonight,” Avenatti tweeted at Grassley as a response. “I will make my client available for a sworn interview and you can make [Justice] Kavanaugh available for a sworn interview.”