Just recently, the Senate voted to confirm Steve Grasz, one of Trump’s federal judicial nominations, to the 8th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals (pictured above).
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump nominated Steve Grasz to the 8th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He is a well-known lawyer from Omaha, Nebraska who’s been extremely outspoken about his opposition to abortion.
Because of this, his nomination was consequently met with an immense amount of pushback. The Senate, however, largely ignored the subsequent attacks on Grasz and thankfully voted 50-48 this week to confirm his nomination.
Unsurprisingly, Grasz’s confirmation was praised by countless pro-life activists. For example, shortly after being confirmed, Marjorie Dannenfelser, the President of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life group, released a statement celebrating the outcome.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the President of the Susan B. Anthony List, which is a pro-life group.
“Today’s confirmation of Steve Grasz to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is just the latest example of President Trump and Leader McConnell hitting home runs on judges,” began Dannenfelser in her statement.
“We thank President Trump for such strong, well-qualified judicial nominees and thank Leader McConnell for standing up to pro-abortion Democratic obstructionism and getting them confirmed,” she continued, adding, “with a long record of distinguished service to Nebraska that has earned him praise across the political spectrum, Steve Grasz will no doubt be a fine appellate court judge who will rule with respect for the constitutional rights of all Americans.”
Another pro-life activist who released a statement celebrating the decision was Kristan Hawkins, the President of the Students for Life. In her statement, she also spoke out against the American Bar Association (ABA) for giving Grasz a “not qualified” rating. According to her, they gave him the rating to try and ruin his career simply because he’s against abortion.
Kristan Hawkins, the President of the Students for Life.
“Steve Grasz faced a career roadblock when the American Bar Association attempted to stop his advancement simply because of the belief that he might be pro-life. That kind of abortion prejudice should not be used to justify crushing the career choices of qualified attorneys,” stated Hawkins.
“The pro-life majority stands to be overruled by the fringe radical abortion crusaders of the ABA if the Senate Judiciary Committee does not wake up from its trance and relinquish the ABA’s stranglehold over its collective thinking process,” she added, noting, “this is even more true of pro-life legal students working with Students for Life of America who will find their opportunity diminished if the ABA prevails.”
In addition to Dannenfelser and Hawkins, the state’s senator, Ben Sasse (R-NE) was also pleased with Grasz’s confirmation. “The end of a long process in the Senate is just the beginning of a new chapter in Steve’s distinguished record of public service for Nebraska and the nation,” began Sasse in a statement of his own.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE).
“Nebraskans will have a voice on the Eighth Circuit committed to an impartial and independent judiciary – someone who understands that judges don’t write laws,” he added.
At every step during this process, from his interview back in Nebraska to his hearing in the Judiciary Committee, Steve’s humility, integrity, and experience were clear,” continued Sasse, noting, “as a member of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, I join Nebraskans across the political spectrum in wishing Steve the best in his new calling.”
Grasz isn’t the only Trump nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals to be recently confirmed by the Senate. Several weeks ago, the Senate voted 55-43 this week to confirm Amy Barrett’s nomination to the 7th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Amy Barrett, another one of Trump’s federal judge nominees who was recently confirmed by the Senate.
Like Grasz, her confirmation was celebrated by many conservatives. This is because, Barrett is a prominent lawyer, law professor and legal scholar who has previously suggested that Roe v. Wade, which essentially ruled that women have a constitutional right to get an abortion, was an “erroneous decision.” She also called the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit “an assault on religious liberty.”
Grasz’s confirmation is yet another example of President Trump fulfilling his promise to the American people to make America great again. Hopefully, with more judges like Grasz, the constitutional rights of the unborn will start to be recognized and protected.