Elections matter. As noted recently, President Trump has been incredibly successful in getting federal judges confirmed, federal judges who are often young and have ties to originalist groups like the Federalist Society. Originalists believe in interpreting the Constitution as well as laws by the plain meaning of the laws and not using expansive, living Constitution interpretations to impose their own will. While being an originalist does not automatically mean a judge will be pro-life, it does mean they are more likely to defer to a state’s right to pass pro-life laws and be wary of overturning those laws.
Rewire.news, a pro-abortion website, notes that several challenges to pro-life laws in states like Kentucky, Alabama, and Ohio are likely to be heard by Trump-appointed judges, and if it reaches the full court, by judges appointed primarily by President George W. Bush and President Trump.
For example, judge Joan Larsen, formerly a judge in Michigan, is a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Upon her confirmation, Susan B. Anthony List wrote, “President Trump made an outstanding choice when he nominated Judge Joan Larsen, a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia…We thank President Trump for keeping his promise to nominate judges who will respect the Constitution and not impose a pro-abortion agenda from the bench. We also thank Leader McConnell and Senator Grassley for their commitment to getting these excellent judges confirmed and for their continuing work to end the partisan gridlock that is still holding up many other nominees.”
In March 2019, the full 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Larsen and covers Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Tennessee, ruled that Ohio could bar abortion vendors from receiving taxpayer dollars. In that decision, Trump-appointed judges Amul Thapar, Joan Larsen, John Bush and John Nalbadian all agreed with the decision written by Judge Sutton (appointed by George W. Bush).
Students for Life of America was active in 2018, pushing for the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. You can watch a recap of our efforts below: