On July 29, Julie Rikelman was nominated for the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in Boston. Rikelman recently represented Jackson Women’s Health Organization in front of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision reversed Roe v. Wade and returned the issue of abortion to the states.
Rikelman is currently the litigation director for the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR).
“In addition to challenging bans and clinic closing laws around the country, Julie’s other litigation work at the Center has included leading the Center’s efforts against invasive ultrasound laws,” CRR wrote in its profile of her. She has also been active “fighting to preserve access to medication abortion, and defending the rights of young people in Florida and Alaska to make their own reproductive health decisions.”
Students for Life Action’s president Kristan Hawkins criticized the nomination of Rikelman.
“What most of us are looking for in a judge is someone who is committed to the law first with the ability to see both sides of an issue,” Hawkins told LifeSiteNews on Monday. “Putting an attorney on the Appeals Court known for radical abortion activism looks like another attempt by the Biden administration to tip the scales of justice against the interests of preborn babies and their mothers. SFLAction will oppose this nominee as a person whose bias in favor of abortion is well known.”
This will involve outreach to voters, contact with senators and letters to Capitol Hill.
Biden also nominated Judge Daniel Calabretta for the Eastern District of California. Biden hailed Calabretta, a state judge in California, as a historic pick due to his homosexuality.
Calabretta is the “first openly LGBT judge to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California,” the Biden administration stated.
Its support for identity politics influenced its other picks too.
“The second Latina to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California” and the “second AAPI [Asian-American Pacific Islander] woman — and first Chinese-American woman — to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California,” were also nominated, according to the White House announcement.
“These choices also continue to fulfill the President’s promise to ensure that the nation’s courts reflect the diversity that is one of our greatest assets as a country — both in terms of personal and professional backgrounds,” the White House boasted.