#TakeAction – May 16, 2019

Need some quick calls, let’s #TakeAction by 9 a.m. this morning!

🔶 Ask our Senators to oppose Wendy Vitter’s nominations as District Judge for Eastern Louisiana

1. (ACTION) Call Senators Murray and Cantwell before 9 a.m. this morning, ask them to oppose Wendy Vitter’s nomination as District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Date: Call before 9 a.m. PDT this morning. The Senate will vote on Ms. Vitter’s nomination at 9 a.m. Thursday, 16 May.
Action: Call Senators Murray and Cantwell, ask them to oppose Wendy Vitter’s nomination as District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Background:
Vitter is a long-time activist in the Right to Life movement. She has taken a leadership role in panels, rallies and other events in opposition to women’s reproductive rights. Vitter omitted potentially embarrassing material from her Senate questionnaire, which is supposed to be complete. She did not disclose her role as moderator for a panel called “Abortion Hurts Women’s Health” hosted by Louisiana Right to Life. At this event, she praised a speaker who claimed abortion causes breast cancer, an idea which has been debunked. She promoted a brochure that claims the use of birth control pills leads to extramarital affairs and a higher risk of violent death. At her Senate hearing, Vitter wouldn’t agree that the landmark case on civil rights, Brown v. Board of Education, was decided correctly. The Brown case ended segregation in the U.S. in 1954. Vitter’s response has drawn widespread criticism and national news attention from CNN, ABC, CBS, PBS, NPR, and Time. Vitter publicly opposed a resettlement project for Syrian refugees. In contrast, her employer, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, publicly supported the project as a humanitarian effort to help war refugees. Vitter worked as legal counsel for the New Orleans District Attorney’s Office from 1987 to 1992. She was promoted to Chief of Trials in 1990. During this period the District Attorney’s Office was repeatedly overruled by federal courts for failing to share evidence of innocence with defendants, as required by law. It was criticized by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1995. Wendy Vitter has a history of partisanship against a woman’s right to choose and indifference to civil rights. This negative record disqualifies her for a lifelong federal judgeship. She should never be a judge.

Source: Indivisible East Bay: https://indivisibleeb.org/…/monitori…/vote-no-on-vitter/

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