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Federal Briefs

Bioethics in Law & Culture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Spring  2019     vol. 2  issue 2

A summary of Federal Government activity from October to December 2018

Ana Brennan, J.D.


Once again, the States have out-done the U.S. Congress when it comes to passing protective, pro-life legislation. But the Senate has been busy appointing federal judges nominated by President Trump.


In addition to the U.S. Supreme Court, Trump has the opportunity to fill hundreds of vacancies in the lower federal courts. By the end of 2018, the Senate confirmed 85 Trump nominees. All of these appointments are not necessarily pro-life, but it has been noted by political observers that overall these judges are of a conservative bent, which will influence the courts for years to come. Of course, there are overt pro-life nominees, most recently Chad Readler and Eric Murphy.


Even though federal court nominees don’t receive the same attention as the U.S. Supreme Court, I think their importance is pretty obvious. Filling the courts from top to bottom with judges who at a minimum, have some constitutional standards will be immensely helpful to restoring the right to life.


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