Wendy Vitter, the wife of former U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) and a former counsel for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, was approved in a Senate confirmation vote on Thursday to become a federal judge in Louisiana in spite of her controversial views on abortion.
Vitter was nominated more than 18 months ago by President Donald Trump, but her confirmation was delayed after it was revealed she had omitted important details about her past statements regarding women’s health rights, the Washington Post reported. Vitter, for instance, once claimed that the family planning organization, Planned Parenthood, killed 150,000 women annually.
Among her many other dubious claims, Vitter also peddled the erroneous notion that a woman receiving an abortion increased her chances of developing cancer later in life.
We know the President has a litmus test for his judicial nominees. Wendy Vitter checks all the boxes & if confirmed will possibly help to overturn landmark SCOTUS cases like Brown v. Board of Education & Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/kEtH3Mm4QP
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) May 16, 2019
That opinion, which has been pushed in many anti-choice circles in years’ past, is without merit of any kind, according to the American Cancer Society.
“[S]cientific research studies have not found a cause-and-effect relationship between abortion and breast cancer,” the organization said, adding that the “public is not well-served by false alarms.”
Yet in 2013, Vitter, while speaking at a convention, promoted a brochure to her audience that included the errant beliefs.
Vitter told her listeners to go to the brochure’s website, “download it, and, at your next physical, you walk into your pro-life doctor and say, ‘Have you thought about putting these facts or this brochure in your waiting room?'” according to reporting from Vanity Fair. “Each one of you can be the pro-life advocate to take that next step. That’s what you do with it.”
The brochure Vitter pushed for didn’t just say abortions cause cancer, but suggested that birth control did as well. It also blamed birth control for an increase in violent acts toward women, suggesting that it affected their libidos in such a way that left their husbands feeling sexually frustrated.
“[W]omen who take oral contraceptives prefer men with similar DNA, and women in these partnerships have fewer sexual relations, leading to more adultery, and ‘understandably … violence,'” the brochure read.
In addition to her omitted views on abortion, Vitter was also scrutinized for refusing to say during testimony whether she supported the established precedent of the term “separate but equal” being found unconstitutional.
Vitter’s confirmation comes on the same week as the 65th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, which ruled that the previous precedent establishing that term was unlawful.