Two more of President Donald Trump’s conservative judicial nominees may be confirmed to important U.S. circuit court positions soon.
The U.S. Senate is considering Chad Readler and Eric Murphy for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals – a move that is setting off alarms for abortion activists.
The pro-abortion website Mother Jones reports Readler and Murphy both have “strong” pro-life histories in the legal system. And the Sixth Circuit could soon hear several important cases involving abortion clinic regulations.
Their nominations are “worrisome to pro-choice advocates who fear this may be the court that helps overturn Roe v. Wade,” according to the report.
Chad Readler, a top Justice Department attorney who served in a personal capacity for Trump’s presidential campaign, and Eric Murphy, who was behind a series of challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage policy, were both nominated in June to serve on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
… Readler has vigorously defended the Trump administration’s efforts to prevent undocumented young women from accessing abortion, as well as its attempt to let employers deny their employees birth control coverage. Murphy has prohibited the state of Ohio from contracting with abortion providers, and represented several organizations in challenges against the ACA’s contraceptive coverage policy.
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The Sixth Circuit hears cases out of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. Several of those states have passed abortion clinic regulations in recent years to protect women’s health and safety; however, abortion activists have challenged them in court.
Amanda Thayer, spokesperson for the radical pro-abortion group NARAL, said their confirmations could bring about an end to Roe v. Wade.
“Ultimately the goal is to overturn, gut, or undermine Roe v. Wade and the protections that it provides women,” Thayer said. “Either way, I think it’s safe to say Readler and Murphy will be instrumental in limiting abortion rights.”
As with the U.S. Supreme Court, the makeup of lower courts is important because of the abortion industry’s challenges to pro-life legislation. When abortion activists fail to stop pro-abortion laws, they often turn to the courts to block protections for unborn babies and their mothers. But when conservative presidents appoint conservative judges, there is a greater chance of these pro-life laws being upheld and unborn babies’ rights restored.