WASHINGTON, D.C., April 6, 2018 – Alliance for Justice has posted an updated version of its “snapshot” report on Wendy Vitter, nominated for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The revised report includes new data about information that Vitter left off her original responses to her Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire, and can be found here. The updated report notes:
“After Alliance for Justice’s snapshot was released, several media reports (VICE: “A Trump judge pick left anti-abortion speeches off her Senate questionnaire; ” New Orleans Times-Picayune: “Wendy Vitter omitted anti-abortion work on Senate judicial questionnaire;” The Hill: “Judicial nominee draws scrutiny over disclosures of past speeches” ), as well as a statement from Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, pointed out the omissions in Vitter’s responses. Following these releases and more than two weeks after the publication of AFJ’s report, on March 16, Vitter supplemented her original questionnaire with approximately 100 new entries, totaling over 190 pages of new material.”
According to the report, among Vitter’s original omissions was information on a panel she led called “Abortion Hurts Women’s Health” hosted by Louisiana Right to Life on November 2, 2013. At that event, video of which is easily located by searching for Vitter’s name on the YouTube website, Vitter urged supporters to distribute materials that claimed abortion services are a cause of breast cancer and that birth control pills “kill” and make a woman more likely to be the victim of violent assault and murder.
Links to records of other notable omissions are also included in the revised AFJ report. AFJ opposes Vitter’s nomination.