It’s difficult for pro-life Republicans to stop everything on Joe Biden’s abortion agenda but they successfully blocked an abortion activist Biden nominated to a high position at the State Department.
Senate Republicans unanimously blocked the confirmation of Sarah Cleveland, President Biden’s nominee for Legal Advisor at the Department of State over her position that UN committees trump domestic law over abortion. Cleveland takes the position that abortion is a global human right.
“This is one of the most important positions at the Department,” said Senator James Risch (R-ID), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Prior to the vote, Risch said he was “deeply concerned” with the legal opinions rendered on abortion access during her tenure as a member of the UN Human Rights Committee.
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Risch referred to a quasi-legal opinion Cleveland “contributed to and defended” that found a “country’s domestic laws violated its citizens international human rights by not providing and paying for an abortion.”
Risch said this was inconsistent with U.S. restrictions on funding for abortions abroad and abortion advocacy internationally. “For this reason, I am not able to support her nomination,” he said.
With an 11-11 tie, Cleveland’s nomination did not move forward. Now Democrats have to use a discharge petition to get the nomination to the floor, which is a difficult procedure.