Background: Wendy Vitter has been nominated for a lifetime appointment as a judge in the federal district court (Eastern District Court of Louisiana).

  • Vitter is a long-time activist in the Right To Life movement. She has taken a leadership role in panels, rallies and other events in opposition to women’s reproductive rights.
  • Vitter omitted potentially embarrassing material from her Senate questionnaire, which is supposed to be complete. She did not disclose her role as moderator for a panel called “Abortion Hurts Women’s Health” hosted by Louisiana Right to Life. At this event, she praised a speaker who claimed abortion causes breast cancer, an idea which has been debunked. She promoted a brochure that claims the use of birth control pills leads to extramarital affairs and a higher risk of violent death.
  • At her Senate hearing, Vitter wouldn’t agree that the landmark case on civil rights, Brown v. Board of Education, was decided correctly. The Brown case ended segregation in the U.S. in 1954. Vitter’s response has drawn widespread criticism and national news attention from CNN, ABC, CBS, PBS, NPR, and Time.
  • Vitter publicly opposed a resettlement project for Syrian refugees. In contrast, her employer, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, publicly supported the project as a humanitarian effort to help war refugees.
  • Vitter worked as legal counsel for the New Orleans District Attorney’s Office from 1987 to 1992. She was promoted to Chief of Trials in 1990. During this period the District Attorney’s Office was repeatedly overruled by federal courts for failing to share evidence of innocence with defendants, as required by law. It was criticized by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1995.

Wendy Vitter has a history of partisanship against a woman’s right to choose and indifference to civil rights. This negative record disqualifies her for a lifelong federal judgeship. She should never be a judge. Please call your Senators to vote against Vitter’s nomination for a federal judgeship.

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Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent from [zip code]. I’m calling to ask the Senator to vote No on the nomination of Wendy Vitter for a lifetime judgeship on the federal district court. I’m concerned about Ms. Vitter’s history of partisanship against a woman’s right to choose. I’m also troubled that she will not support the landmark civil rights case that ended segregation in the U.S. I’m afraid that Ms. Vitter is likely to be a biased judge who will try to weaken a woman’s right to choose and other civil rights.

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