Pro-life advocacy groups and members of Congress put a lot of emphasis on Supreme Court nominations, and for good reason. Only the Supreme Court can overturn Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, which would allow pro-life states to legally protect unborn children before the arbitrary point of viability. It’s easy to forget the important role of lower federal courts. But of the many cases that are appealed to the Supreme Court, the Court only decides to hear about 4% of them. In the overwhelming majority of cases, the Circuit Courts have the last word. These include cases about important constitutional issues like abortion and the freedom of pro-lifers to peacefully assemble and protest.
President Obama recommended Goodwin Liu for one of these Circuit Courts, but pro-life groups opposed Liu because his well-known pro-abortion views brought his objectivity into question. LifeNews.com reports that Liu will not be approved by the Senate! Three pro-abortion nominees for District Courts (a step below Circuit Courts) were also rejected. Nineteen nominees were approved; none of them faced opposition from pro-life groups.