Wednesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee began the affirmation listening to for Donald Trump’s newest judicial nominee, lawyer Wendy Vitter. Were she to be confirmed, she’d function U.S. district decide for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans, the place her anti-abortion ideology might jeopardize the reproductive rights of numerous women.
Below, right here’s what to find out about Trump’s controversial nominee:
While Vitter technically works as an lawyer, in her decades-long profession, she has tried only one federal case, 25 years in the past, the place she was co-counsel to the lead lawyer. So, identical to nearly all of Trump’s nominees, she’s wholly unqualified for the place.
Vitter is greatest recognized for her anti-reproductive rights advocacy report. In 2013, she led a Louisiana Right to Life–sponsored panel referred to as “Abortion Hurts Women’s Health,” the place she promoted the brochure “The Pill Kills.” Issued by the anti-abortion Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, the literature is replete with pseudoscience linking abortion to breast most cancers, and argues that taking birth-control drugs can lead to suicide or “violent death.” (The brochure additionally claims that women who take oral contraception are much less engaging to males.)
The similar yr, Vitter additionally spoke at an anti–Planned Parenthood rally in New Orleans. Referring to the reproductive-health group, she stated, according to the Clarion Herald, “it is the saddest of ironies that they kill over 150,000 females a year.”
As a part of the affirmation course of, nominees are required to submit a Senate questionnaire that explicitly particulars each speech, interview, panel, and article they’ve given or written. While Vitter turned within the type, according to Vice News, she omitted no less than three speeches, an interview, a letter to the editor, and a marketing campaign advert, lots of which have been associated to her anti-abortion advocacy. (The 2013 panel was one such occasion that she left off the questionnaire.)
Following right now’s listening to, NARAL Pro-Choice America vice-president Adrienne Kimmell issued the next assertion:
“Like many of Trump’s nominees, Wendy Vitter is dangerously biased and unqualified to serve on the bench. She has a long record of extreme comments targeting women and our access to health care, and has spent her career peddling the myth that abortion is dangerous. Her beliefs are rooted in junk science, far from the standards of evidence we rely on judges to uphold. Vitter’s record leaves no doubt that she’ll impose her extreme, anti-choice beliefs instead of protecting the fundamental freedoms of all women and families. If confirmed, Vitter would influence our country’s policies and laws for decades to come, and we’re confident she would use her power to further the most brutal aspects of Donald Trump’s backwards ideology.”
Planned Parenthood vice-president Dana Singiser echoed the above sentiments in her personal assertion, and harassed the detrimental nature of Vitter’s extremist ideologies.
“Wendy Vitter is dangerous, untrustworthy, and unfit for a lifetime appointment as a federal judge,” she stated. “Vitter’s record of opposing women’s health and rights is far outside the mainstream. The bottom line is that Vitter can’t be trusted to be unbiased or fair-minded.”