Since taking office, while he’s not golfing at his own resorts or twiddling his thumbs on Twitter, Donald Trump is hard at work stacking the courts with conservative judges. From putting Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court to confirming over 150 federal judges so far (all of whom will serve for life), it is clear that Trump and his minions are working their hardest to create a deep and long-lasting scar on the American court system.
While we are well aware of the Trump administration’s vocal commitment to stripping Americans of their reproductive freedom, it’s important to acknowledge just how much dedication it’s showing to doing so at the district court level. Enter: Sarah Pitlyk.
In September, Pitlyk — who currently serves as special counsel at The Thomas More Society, a pro-life law firm — was nominated by Trump to serve as a judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Pitlyk’s catalogue of attacks on reproductive rights and bodily autonomy include:
- Litigating cases directly opposing abortion rights;
- Defending Iowa’s unconstitutional 6-week abortion ban;
- Fighting against alternative reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and surrogacy, and arguing that frozen embryos are human beings;
- Defending activist David Daleiden, who in 2015 deceptively posed as an employee of a fake fetal tissue procurement company and accused Planned Parenthood of illegal profit from the sale of fetal tissue. Daleiden now faces 15 counts of felony invasion of privacy;
- Fighting against provision of birth control by employers;
- Representing employers in St. Louis who challenged a law “that protects individuals from being fired or pushed out of housing based on their reproductive decisions, such as the use of birth control or IVF”;
- Co-authoring an amicus brief based on racist ideas of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, accusing the AAPI community of having a “known single-gender preference”; and
- Clerking for Justice Brett Kavanaugh (enough said).
And as if that wasn’t enough to prove her horrible track record, Pitlyk was deemed “Not Qualified” for the position of federal district judge by the American Bar Association.
Confirming Pitlyk to the District Court would put reproductive freedom in imminent danger. Her extreme stance on bodily autonomy is a hazard to the American people. We urge the Senate to vote against this confirmation, and demand that politics be left out of our reproductive decisions.