Despite being lambasted by reproductive rights advocates for her vigorous opposition to abortion, surrogacy and in vitro fertilization and called unqualified, Sarah Pitlyk was appointed by Republicans in the Senate to the U.S. District Court in St. Louis Missouri.
Pitlyk, the latest of President Trump’s nominees to receive a “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association, has asserted that “the practice of surrogacy has grave effects on society, such as diminished respect for motherhood and the unique mother-child bond.” She has also argued that surrogacy “is harmful to mothers and children” and is a “practice society should not be enforcing.”
“Not qualified” rating from ABA
Vanita Gupta, a former head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said Pitlyk’s confirmation “is deeply disturbing.”
“She is exactly the type of judicial nominee that Trump promised to fill the courts with: an individual who threatens reproductive rights and access to abortion,” Gupta, now the president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said in a statement. “With Pitlyk’s confirmation, the administration is betting on her to carry out their agenda for decades to come.”
Andy Cohen is also speaking out about Pitlyk and her hostile views toward reproductive rights. “She has spent the bulk of her career aggressively going after the rights of people to use fertility treatments and surrogacy,” Cohen said. “Meaning if you are one of the millions of couples who are struggling to conceive, or who have turned to surrogacy to start a family like I did to have Ben, you are totally screwed on this woman’s watch,” he said.
Cohen also pointed out Pitlyk’s lack of trial experience, saying that she had “never even tried a case” before her confirmation.
“What she has done is made this country a less safe and fair place for people whose greatest wish is to have a family, and I think that ought to be a crime,” he said, visibly angry.
“Judge Pitlyk, I got a shipment of poopy diapers coming your way, on behalf of my son,” Cohen said.
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.
In Missouri where Pitlyk will be located, Planned Parenthood has said abortion rights are “hanging on by a thread” after the state health department’s attempts to close Missouri’s last abortion clinic and the governor’s signing of a strict abortion ban.
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