Joe Biden has nominated the pro-abortion attorney who represented the Mississippi abortion business in the Dobbs case to a position as a federal appeals court judge.
Julie Rikelman is getting a consolation prize after losing the biggest case of her career when the Supreme Court handed down its monumental decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24. Biden has nominated the radically pro-abortion attorney, who worked for the Center for Reproductive Rights abortion advocacy group, to a position on the Boston-based 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The irony is that Rikelman represented the Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion business, which has closed down thanks to the Mississippi abortion ban.
Democats will have to move quickly on her nomination if they want to get her approved for the appeals court. With the midterm elections approach and the number of days the Senate will be in session dwindling, there isn’t much time to her her nomination through the Senate Judiciary Committee and onto the Senate floor. Once there, Biden’s nominee will almost certainly face a filibuster from pro-life Republicans who don’t want to see the woman who fought to keep Roe in place making decisions about whether pro-life laws are constitutional.
Another irony for Rikeman is that, if confirmed, she will have to uphold Dobbs as precedent should any abortion cases come to the federal appeals court.
The nomination comes as Biden’s administration is spending the day today meeting with top pro-abortion lawyers to devise more ways to kill unborn babies.
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As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The high court also ruled 6-3 uphold the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban so states can further limit abortions and to get rid of the false viability standard.
Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the judgment but, in his concurring opinion, disagreed with the reasoning and said he wanted to keep abortions legal but with a new standard.
Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was overturned and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state protecting babies from abortions and Kentucky became the 4th and Louisiana became the 5th and Ohio became the 6th and Utah became the 7th and Oklahoma became the 8th and Alabama became the 9th. This week, Mississippi became the 10th and South Carolina became the 11th,Texas became the 12th with its pre-Roe law and Tennessee became the 13th.
Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia have old pro-life laws on the books but there is question about whether they are applicable and will be enforced.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or quickly ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.
The 13 total states with trigger laws that would effectively ban all or most abortions are: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.
“Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.
Polls show Americans are pro-life on abortion and a new national poll shows 75% of Americans essentially agree with the Supreme Court overturning Roe.