Judiciary Committee Approves Another Obama Pro-Abortion Judge, Louis Butler
by Steven Ertelt
December 3, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines 12-7 today for yet another pro-abortion judicial nominee from President Barack Obama. Democrats supported while Republicans opposed the nomination of Judge Louis B. Butler Jr. for a Federal District Court slot in the Western District of Wisconsin.
Opponents say Butler has a long record of judicial activism — the kind that saw the Supreme Court put Roe v. Wade in place and judges overturn pro-life laws to limit abortion.
Butler is a liberal judge who was rejected by Wisconsin voters twice.
"When Louis Butler lost his race for the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2008, he was the first incumbent justice to be defeated since 1967," the pro-life group Family Research Council informed LifeNews.com. "He had previously lost to then-Justice Diane S. Sykes in a race for the Court in 2000 Butler earned 34 percent of the vote and lost in all 72 counties, including Milwaukee and Dane (Madison) counties."
"During his brief but too long tenure on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Louis Butler was a left-wing judicial activist," FRC warned.
In March 2008, Wisconsin Right to Life terms Butler "pro-abortion" and said there were "lots of reasons voters would want to reject sending Justice Louis Butler back to the State Supreme Court."
"Since being appointed to the court by pro-abortion Gov. Jim Doyle, Butler has shown that he doesn’t think much of a little thing called ‘the will of the people,’" the pro-life group said at the time. "Butler has made no secret of that fact that he is pro-abortion. Combine that with his complete disregard for the will of the people and we have to ask, will Louis Butler also vote to overturn Wisconsins crucial right-to-life laws?"
"Do we want to entrust the lives of babies and other vulnerable people to a pro-abortion justice who has thumbed his nose at the legislative process and the will of the people?" the group asked.
Wisconsin Right to Life ultimately endorsed Butler’s opponent in the state Supreme Court race because Butler was no friend of the pro-life cause.
Butler has also been taken to task for believing judges should base their decisions not on the law, but on their personal beliefs and policy preferences, having said the background, personal beliefs and policy decisions of the justices selected will influence how they vote on the difficult cases before them," according to the RedState blog.
Obama’s nomination of Butler has him joining Sonia Sotomayor, Obama’s Supreme Court pick, and Obama’s appeals court pick David Hamilton — both of whom back abortion.
ACTION: Contact your senators at https://www.Senate.gov and urge opposition to the nomination of Judge Butler.
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