By Carol Tobias, President
For many years, National Right to Life and its state affiliates have labored intensively and diligently to elect pro-life candidates, who then enacted pro-life laws– only to see Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, or a local abortion facility challenge those laws in court. Far too often, the challenges were successful, because some judges legislate from the bench rather than follow the U.S. Constitution.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, with a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court due to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Trump released a statement acknowledging Scalia’s legacy, adding, “His career was defined by his reverence for the Constitution and his legacy of protecting Americans’ most cherished freedoms. He was a Justice who did not believe in legislating from the bench and he is a person whom I held in the highest regard and will always greatly respect his intelligence and conviction to uphold the Constitution of our country.”
The presidential candidate also made public a list of persons from which he said he would pick nominees for vacancies on the Supreme Court, saying those on the list were “representative of the kind of constitutional principles I value.”
On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, NRLC Executive Director David N. O’Steen, Ph.D, NRLC Federal Legislative Director Jennifer Popik, J.D., and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend an event at the White House, at which President Trump showcased the achievements of his administration in federal judicial nominations.
The President told those in attendance that, working with the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate, he now has 158 judicial nominees confirmed to the federal bench, including two Supreme Court justices, 44 circuit court judges, and 112 district court judges.
President Trump has appointed more circuit judges at this point in his presidency than any president in recent history. Fully 25% of all active judges on courts of appeals have been appointed by President Trump.
The President delighted the appreciative audience by saying he is on track to have more judges confirmed this year than in his first two years combined.
The nomination and confirmation of so many judges who respect and carefully adhere to the text of the Constitution bodes well for the lives of unborn children.