Senate Confirms New Federal Judge Who Fought for Babies Killed in Late-Term Abortions

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 31, 2018   |   4:40PM   |   Washington, DC

The U.S. Senate confirmed another strong conservative judge to one of the nation’s highest courts Tuesday, despite abortion activists’ attempts to block her.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Senate narrowly confirmed Britt Grant to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Grant currently serves as a Georgia Supreme Court justice. She previously worked as the solicitor general in the Georgia Attorney General’s Office and a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

As solicitor general, she fought to uphold a state law prohibiting late-term abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain. She also helped produce an amicus brief supporting efforts to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion chain in Indiana and a brief supporting Hobby Lobby’s religious owners when they challenged Obamacare.

U.S. Sen. David Perdue of Georgia praised Grant as a highly qualified judge.

“Clearly, Justice Grant is immensely qualified to fill this Court of Appeals vacancy, and there is no doubt in my mind that she will do a fantastic job,” Perdue said Monday, according to the local news. “In fact, our country needs more judges like Justice Grant.”

Pro-abortion Democrats tried to block her nomination. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, a pro-abortion lawmaker from New York, blasted Grant as a “fringe” conservative.

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“From reproductive rights to gun safety, name a partisan legal case from the past five years and there’s a good chance Britt Grant has been involved, taking up a fringe legal argument way out of the American mainstream to weaken well-established rights and overturn a precedent in pursuit of an ideological objective,” Schumer said.

The radical pro-abortion group NARAL also opposed her nomination.

Grant, 40, previously worked for the George W. Bush administration. Notably, she also was on President Donald Trump’s short list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees. She is married and has three children.