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The latest of President Trump ’s confirmed federal judges has been assailed by fellow lawyers for her lack of trial experience and has been lambasted by reproductive rights advocates for her vigorous opposition to abortion, surrogacy and in - vitro fertilization .
Senate Confirms Trump Judicial Nominee Who Fought Against Abortion, Surrogacy , and Fertility Treatment. Pitlyk has also declared (again without evidence) that surrogacy “ is harmful to mothers and Outside of her contributions to these anti -ART, anti -abortion briefs, Pitlyk has minimal legal
The latest of President Trump’s confirmed federal judges has been assailed by fellow lawyers for her lack of trial experience and has been lambasted by reproductive rights advocates for her vigorous opposition to abortion, surrogacy and in vitro fertilization.
And in a near-party-line vote Tuesday, the Senate approved the nomination of Sarah Pitlyk, making the conservative lawyer the newest federal judge for the U.S. District Court in St. Louis. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)to oppose Pitlyk. Every other Republican present voted for her.
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Sarah Pitlyk has claimed that IVF and surrogacy have “grave effects on society” and lead to Her spokeswoman Karina Borger said the senator was not there because she is attending the first It isn’t the first time Republicans have confirmed an unqualified judicial nominee after they went to bat for
Sarah Pitlyk argued that IVF and surrogacy have "grave effects on society" and lead to "diminished respect for motherhood." Sarah Pitlyk, President Donald Trump ’s nominee to a seat on the U.S Pitlyk, who is special counsel to the Thomas More Society, a conservative, anti -abortion law firm
Pitlyk’s confirmation is a victory for Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who have sought a dramatic and deeply consequential, installing a dizzying number of judges and energizing Republican voters.
The new appointment has also been seen as yet another mark of the influence of, a conservative nonprofit organization, over Trump’s selection of judges. Pitlyk is a Federalist Society member.
Pitlyk is alsoof Trump’s nominees to receive a “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association, which has long reviewed the competence of nominees for the federal bench. In to lawmakers, William Hubbard, chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, wrote that Pitlyk’s “experience to date has a very substantial gap, namely the absence of any trial or even real litigation experience.”
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Experts worry that if Trump succeeds in getting his unqualified nominees to the bench, the core To put that in perspective, there were only seven nominees deemed unqualified during President She is a woman. The ABA's Standing Committee of the Judiciary has assessed 53 of President Trump 's
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“Ms. Pitlyk has never tried a case as lead or co-counsel, whether civil or criminal,” Hubbard wrote. “She has never examined a witness. Though Ms. Pitlyk has argued one case in a court of appeals, she has not taken a deposition. She has not argued any motion in a state or federal trial court. She has never picked a jury. She has never participated at any stage of a criminal matter.”
Her experience does, however, include clerking for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh when he was a federal appellate court judge — just like Justin Walker,the ABA deemed unqualified.
But Pitlyk’s defenders shrugged off the assessment, claiming the group has a liberal slant, something ABA leaders have denied.
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“President Trump once again demonstrated a commitment to the rule of law in advancing judicial nominees who are exceptionally qualified,” Kelly Shackelford, the president of the antiabortion legal group First Liberty Institute, said in. “Sarah Pitlyk has spent most of her career defending our most fundamental freedoms, including religious liberty.”
After her confirmation, Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Pitlyk’s home state, praised the new judge’s “strong legal experience, sharp intellect, and commitment to the rule of law.
“I was proud to recommend her to President Trump,” Hawley said in, “and I am confident that she will serve the people of Missouri as a principled and fair judge for decades to come.”
But in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) questioned just how evenhanded Pitlyk would be.
“Pitlyk’s record is extremely troubling and raises a number of questions about her ability to be a fair and impartial judge,” Feinstein said.
Pointing to dubious claims about abortion, the senator added: “It is disqualifying for any judicial nominee to make unfounded and unsupported claims, especially in a court of law.”
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Gestational surrogacy helps those who are unable to have children become parents. Through IVF , embryos are created in a lab at a fertility clinic. Sometimes the intended parents use their own Surrogate mother pay depends on a few factors: where she lives, if she has insurance and whether
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Her critics have highlighted inflammatory declarations such as the one she made in an amicus brief opposing California’s protections of assisted reproduction technology,Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern. In , Pitlyk asserted that “the practice of surrogacy has grave effects on society, such as diminished respect for motherhood and the unique mother-child bond.”
She has alsothat surrogacy “is harmful to mothers and children” and is a “practice society should not be enforcing.” Her position — that states should treat embryos like humans — would likely outlaw abortion, in vitro fertilization and surrogacy, Stern wrote.
Vanita Gupta, a former head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said Pitlyk’s confirmation “is deeply disturbing.”
“She is exactly the type of judicial nominee that Trump promised to fill the courts with: an individual who threatens reproductive rights and access to abortion,” Gupta, now the president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said in a statement. “With Pitlyk’s confirmation, the administration is betting on her to carry out their agenda for decades to come.”
The appointment may resonate louder in Missouri, where Planned Parenthoodabortion rights are “hanging on by a thread” after the state health department’s attempts to close Missouri’s last abortion clinic and the governor’s signing of a strict abortion ban.
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A White House official confirmed this week that two of President Trump ’s judicial nominees , Brett Talley and Jeff Mateer, would be withdrawn from consideration. “It’s also very concerning that the chairman is scheduling hearings before ABA evaluations are complete,” she continued.
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“Missourians already have to navigate an impossible landscape just to access abortion,” acting Planned Parenthood president Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement.
The clinic, which is operated by Planned Parenthood, has previously fought strictures on abortion in federal court, and if its representatives do so again, they may find themselves arguing their case in front of Pitlyk.
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