Thursday, March 01, 2018

Judge Vitter left a few things out

President Trump has nominated Wendy Vitter to a federal judgeship.  She has the backing of both Louisiana Senators and is highly likely to be confirmed. Nevertheless Vice points out something that might have been a stumbling block for her if Democrats played this game by the same rules as Republicans. A number of President Obama's judicial nominees were stalled or denied outright for exactly this sort of thing.
Wendy Vitter, who was nominated in January to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, left at least three speeches, one interview, a letter to the editor, and a campaign ad off the questionnaire she submitted to the committee (not all were related to abortion).

Nominees to the federal bench are required to tell the committee about every speech and interview they’ve ever given, and about every article they’ve written, so senators can evaluate whether they’re fit to serve as judges.
Again, were this a Democratic nominee, this might actually cause a problem. But since Democrats are more interested in norms and "civility" than they are in leveraging the process to any substantive political advantage, they aren't likely to jam up a judicial candidate just because she left a few things off of her application.  Not even a candidate as odious as Vitter. 
According to a YouTube video posted in November 2013, Vitter led a panel entitled “Abortion Hurts Women's Health” at a Right to Life Louisiana event. One of the panel’s speakers was the anti-abortion activist Angela Lanfranchi, who told attendees that abortion increases women’s risk for breast cancer — despite the fact that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has found no causal link between abortion and a woman’s risk for breast cancer.

In the video, Lanfranchi also encouraged panel attendees to take at look at her brochure entitled “The Pill Kills.” That brochure claims women on the contraceptive pill are more likely to die a violent death, because they are more likely to cheat on their male partners, to face fertility problems, to have unhealthy children, and to have poor relationships with their partners. The brochure concludes, “It is not unreasonable to suspect that such effects could also influence rates of intimate partner violence.”

After Lanfranchi spoke, however, Vitter told attendees to pick up one of her brochures.
 Anyway, unless something very improbable comes of this, congratulations to Judge Vitter.

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