Trump judicial nominee grilled over comments that Planned Parenthood kills 'females'

MAY 8 1964 FILE

MAY 8 1964 FILE

President Donald Trump's pick to become a federal judge in Louisiana would not say whether she supported the Supreme Court's decision to desegregate schools and sought to dismiss her past work opposing abortion during a confirmation hearing Wednesday.

"I don't mean to be coy", Vitter, who is up for a seat on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, said at her confirmation hearing, "but I think I can get into a hard, difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions - which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with".

"Again, I would respectively not comment on what could be my boss's ruling, the Supreme Court", Vitter responded.

"Senator, I don't mean to be coy, but I think I get into a hard area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with", Vitter answered.

I've written about a lot of Trump's appalling nominees for the federal bench, but I somehow missed that he had nominated Wendy Vitter, wife of disgraced former Louisiana Sen.

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"Senator, again, my pro-life stance has been very clear...and that I would set aside any religious views, or any personal views, if I were to be confirmed", Vitter replied, not answering the question.

"If anything, she gave the Senate more reason to oppose her confirmation by blatantly misrepresenting her previous remarks urging anti-choice activists to ask their doctors to distribute unsafe and factually inaccurate material about birth control", Marge Baker, the group's executive vice president, said in a statement.

Vitter was grilled about her participation on the 2013 panel discussion but insisted she was "there just to facilitate a discussion". "I would follow Roe v. Wade because that is the law of the Supreme Court and I would be bound to follow that law".

"Do you believe birth control pills cause women to have extramarital affairs?" Sen.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who launched the inquiry, often poses similar questions during Senate Judiciary hearings.

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Current justices on the Supreme Court were quizzed about their views of the Brown decision during their confirmation hearings.

He told senators he "ought to be in trouble" if they were to uncover anything he'd written disregarding the opinion, "without you asking me specifically about my views". He added that Plessy was a "dark, dark stain" on the Supreme Court's history. "The genius of the decision was the recognition that the act of separating the students was where the violation was".

As I wrote previously, Vitter failed to disclose this event-as well as an array of speeches and other public statements-in her Senate questionnaire, a form that all nominees submit as part of the confirmation process. "Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal". On Deliberate Parenthood, she refused to say whether or not or not she nonetheless believed the group kills 150,000 ladies per yr, responding exclusively that her "pro-life stance has been made very clear". "It is the saddest of ironies that they kill over 150,000 females a year".

"I am pro-life", Vitter stated as Hirono's questioning continued, saying that view has been apparent throughout her public life.

If the Senate Judiciary Committee advances Vitter's nomination for a floor vote, she would only need 51 votes to be confirmed to the federal bench.

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