Senate confirms abortion opponent as US judge in Louisiana

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2019) — The Senate has confirmed Louisiana lawyer Wendy Vitter as a federal judge, overcoming opposition from Democrats who criticized her pro-life stance and accused her of trying to hide her record on the issue.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins was the only Republican to oppose Vitter's nomination, which was approved 52-45 on Thursday.

A former prosecutor, Vitter is general counsel for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.

President Trump nominated her more than a year ago to the seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Washington Sen. Patty Murray said Vitter failed to disclose hundreds of documents highlighting her opposition to abortion, including a claim at a political rally that Planned Parenthood is responsible for killing 150,000 women a year.

Vitter is married to former U.S. Senator David Vitter.

 

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