Federal courts are the last line of defense for our constitutional rights, and the judges who sit on them must be fair and independent. Nearly all of President Trump’s nominees to fill lifetime seats on our federal courts have had partisan, ideological agendas and would roll back our rights rather than protect equality and justice for all. The most recent nominees are no different. If confirmed, they will continue to interpret and control constitutional rights long after the Trump administration ends. For the sake of our courts – and our rights – urge your senators to reject these dangerous nominees:
Sarah E. Pitlyk, nominated to the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, earned a unanimous “Not Qualified” rating from the nonpartisan American Bar Association for her lack of experience and has built a career out of undermining reproductive health care, from abortion to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to birth control.
Lawrence VanDyke*, nominated to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, has dedicated his career to anti-reproductive rights and anti-LGBTQ causes and earned a rating of “Not Qualified” from the nonpartisan American Bar Association for his temperament, bias, and lack of relevant knowledge.
*VanDyke has not yet been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but it’s still important for your senators to hear from you about his nomination.
NCJW strongly opposes these nominees. At a time when our communities are under attack, it’s more important than ever to have federal judges who will stand as a backstop for our fundamental constitutional rights. Use the script below to call your senators and insist they reject these biased and bigoted nominees. Feel free to personalize them and include any of the above information.
Hi, my name is ______ I am an NCJW advocate from [city, state]. I urge you to oppose federal district court nominee Sarah Pitlyk and Ninth Circuit nominee Lawrence VanDyke. Pitlyk and VanDyke were rated “not qualified” by the nonpartisan American Bar Association. They are ultraconservative, partisan ideologues rather than the fair, independent arbiters that we need. Please protect our courts and our rights by opposing – and speaking out against – Pitlyk and VanDyke. Thank you.