Shortly after taking office last year, President Donald Trump nominated Wendy Vitter, who is the current general counsel of the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans in Louisiana, to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Disturbingly, shortly after being nominated, Vitter, who is a well-known pro-life advocate for various organizations, was viciously slammed as “Trump’s worst judicial nominee so far” by Planned Parenthood and countless other angry abortion advocates.
Thankfully though, despite the vile attacks against her, the Senate Judiciary Committee recently voted 10-11 along party lines to approve her nomination. Her nomination will now go to the United States Senate for a final vote, where it’ll likely be confirmed.
Unsurprisingly, Vitter’s potential confirmation has been emphatically opposed by numerous supporters of abortion.
One of the people most adamant about her not becoming a federal judge is Planned Parenthood Vice President Dawn Laguens. According to Laugens, Vitter is supposedly an “outrageously inappropriate choice” for federal judge because she rightly recognizes the fact that helpless fetuses have the same rights as everyone else.
“Wendy Vitter may just be Trump’s worst judicial nominee so far — and if you’ve been paying attention, you know that’s really saying something,” explained Laguens in a letter to supporters.
“Unless we stop her confirmation, she could enforce her extreme, anti-abortion views as law, endangering our health and rights and putting lives at risk,” she continued.
“Her abhorrent views on reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood have no place on the bench,” added Laguens, noting, “she’s spoken at anti-abortion rallies, led anti-abortion panels, and represented organizations that have tried to undermine access to basic health care services.”
Although Vitter is facing a massive amount of opposition, it is very likely that the Senate will ultimately confirm her nomination due to the fact that they’ve already confirmed several of President Trump’s other pro-life judicial nominees.
Back in November 2017, for instance, the Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Amy Barrett, a prominent lawyer, law professor and legal scholar, to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals even though she’s been extremely outspoken about her opposition to abortion and has previously suggested that Roe v. Wade, which essentially ruled that women have a constitutional right to get an abortion, was an “erroneous decision.”
And a month later, the Senate voted 50-48 to also confirm Steve Grasz, a well-known lawyer from Omaha, Nebraska, to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals even though he’s been emphatically opposed to abortion as well.
The judiciary committee’s approval of Vitter isn’t the only pro-life victory that recently occurred. Several days ago, another victory was achieved when the Trump administration announced that he’s planning on cutting taxpayer funding from abortion clinics.
According to reports, he plans on doing so by reintroducing a rule proposed by former President Ronald Reagan that cuts off the federal family planning money to any group that’s connected to abortion in any way.
Specifically, the Trump administration is planning on bringing back a Reagan-era regulation of the Title X program, which is a government initiative that gives health clinics roughly $260 million in taxpayer money every to help with family planning strategies, that effectively cuts off financial aid to any women’s health organization that performs, supports, or even promotes the killing of the unborn.
Unfortunately though, while some are determined to protect the lives of the babies who are still in the womb, others are actively making it even easier to kill them.
Last month, for instance, a three-judge panel with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down HB 294, which was a newly signed piece of state legislation that cut off taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood.
According to their decision, which was written by Judge Helene White, slaughtering helpless fetuses is supposedly a “protected activity” that’s separate from government programs.
Prior to the absurd ruling made by Judge White and her colleagues, US District Judge Carlton Reeves, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, placed a “temporary restraining order” on HB 1510, which was a newly signed pro-life bill that banned women from having “abortions after 15 weeks gestation unless the unborn baby is not expected to live outside the womb or if continuing the pregnancy jeopardizes the woman’s life.”
And several weeks before that, Wendy Beetlestone, a federal judge working for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, granted a “preliminary injunction” against the Trump administration’s attempt to provide religious and moral exemptions for funding particular parts of Obama’s healthcare mandate, like birth control.
And just prior to that, Lee Yeakel, who works for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas as a federal judge, made it easier to slaughter the unborn by ruling that SB 8, which was a Texas law that prohibited doctors from performing cruel and unusual dismemberment abortions is unconstitutional and struck it down.
Without a doubt, Vitter would be an excellent addition to the federal courts. Hopefully, her approval by the Senate is swift.