One of the most under-reported stories of the Trump Administration so far is the systematic filling of vacancies on the federal bench. The two Supreme Court seats to be filled were quite well-publicized, but over 150 seats were left open by the Obama Administration, and President Donald Trump is nominating one judge after another who reflects his vision for the future of America.
Thankfully, having solidified the majority in the Senate in the 2019 midterms, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has steadily gotten all of the judicial nominees confirmed.
Usually, the confirmations are met with stiff upper lips and silence, but this week’s confirmation of Sarah Pitlyk invoked tangible outrage.
Sarah Pitlyk, for example, received a “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association, and the ABA’s rationale is quite persuasive: “Ms. Pitlyk has never tried a case as lead or co-counsel, whether civil or criminal. She has never examined a witness. Though Ms. Pitlyk has argued one case in a court of appeals, she has not taken a deposition. She has not argued any motion in a state or federal trial court. She has never picked a jury. She has never participated at any stage of a criminal matter.”
Maybe not, but any number of judges are in this same position. Why is this a problem for Sarah Pitlyk. Because she is a purist when it comes to human reproduction.
So why in the world did she get a judicial nomination from Donald Trump? It’s probably has something to do with Pitlyk being a Federalist Society member, a former Brett Kavanaugh clerk, and a fierce opponent of reproductive rights who’s argued that fertility treatments and surrogacy have “grave” adverse effects on society.
On morals and ethical grounds, this would be considered hard-line even as some religious groups believe this as a matter of God’s law.
Naturally, the leftists among us see this as an attack on their ability to have free sex any and all the time with no consequences.
Welcome, Judge Pitlyk. The deplorables are happy to have you on the bench.