The Senate Judiciary Committee approved additional judicial nominees today from President Donald Trump, including the nomination of Wendy Vitter for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The committee approved Vitter in an 11-10 party-line vote.
Vitter, currently general counsel of the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and wife of pro-life former U.S. Sen. David Vitter, holds a pro-life view on abortion. That has earned her opposition from the Planned Parenthood abortion business. But she did not back down from stating her pro-life views for the committee.
“Senator, out of respect for this committee, although I would normally say that my religious and personal views don’t have any bearing on this role, out of respect, I am pro-life, I’m going to say that,” Vitter said at her nomination hearing.
But Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups are lobbying aggressively against Vitter, claiming she would be “disastrous” for the future of legalized abortion.
“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,” Planned Parenthood Vice President Dawn Laguens wrote 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.”
Though bad news for Planned Parenthood, Vitter’s nomination provides hope for pro-life advocates and, most importantly, unborn babies and mothers.
For years, Vitter has been leading efforts to protect unborn babies and moms from abortion; she even received an award from Louisiana Right to Life for her outstanding service.
She has presented workshops about abortion risks (“fake science,” according to Planned Parenthood, because apparently there are no abortion risks), supported abortion clinic regulations, protested the construction of a giant new abortion facility, attended the March for Life with her family and more.
“Her abhorrent views on reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood have no place on the bench,” Laguens continued. “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.” In a clever manipulation trick, Planned Parenthood now refers to abortion as a basic health care service.
Laguens trashed Vitter as an “outrageously inappropriate choice” for judge because she thinks unborn babies deserve a right to life.
Since Trump’s election, pro-abortion groups have attacked several highly qualified female judicial nominees because they were conservative. And, ironically, they did so while making claims that America needs more women leaders.
Lately, the courts are where the abortion industry has achieved many of its victories. Abortion activists largely have failed to convince voters to support their radical abortion agenda. Voter-elected state legislators have passed a record number of pro-life laws in the past decade; but the abortion industry has turned to the courts to challenge them.
The abortion industry received a lot of help from pro-abortion President Barack Obama who appointed 327 judges during his two terms. Pro-life advocates hope Trump, who promised to be a pro-life president, will appoint pro-life judges who will uphold protections for unborn babies.
Last year, Trump nominated new Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, a move widely praised by pro-life advocates. Since then, he has nominated a number of other strong, pro-life advocates to roles across the country.