Report: Wendy Vitter

Vitter championed baseless theories linking abortion and contraception to cancer and infertility; promoted literature that claimed the pill causes ‘violent death.’


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From Indivisible Ventura:


At the 2013 Louisiana Needs Peace Conference conference, Vitter espoused anti-abortion and anti-birth control positions that range from standard to extreme. She praised Texas’s TRAP laws, arguing that they were passed to protect women and their health (despite evidence otherwise). While moderating a panel sponsored by Lousiana Right to Life, Vitter endorses a brochure called “The Pill Kills,” from the anti-abortion Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, that links oral contraception with cervical, breast, and liver cancers, as well as suicide and “violent death.” The brochure posits that women who are on the pill are more attracted to men who are genetically similar. That similarity leads to “less healthy” children and infidelity, thus producing intimate partner violence.


What?  (The whole ball of medical-sounding nonsense is here…)


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AFJ noted that the nominee had left anti-abortion speeches off her Senate questionnaire. When challenged, whe supplemented her original submission with approximately 100 new entries. Quite a lot to have “forgotten”. Her previous career at the Orleans Parish DA’s office came during a time when the office was under scrutiny for repeated failures to disclose evidence to defense counsel. Vitter’s leadership role as Chief of Trials in an office that had “blatant and repeated violations” of the Constitution and a culture that was “deliberately indifferent”to the law. And despite actually acting as counsel for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Catholic Charities who were helping resettle Syrian refugees in Louisiana, she made clear that she opposed this humanitarian aid.


This week, at her hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, she refused to say whether she supported Brown v Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision that ended school segregation. The ruling has quite literally touched the lives of every single American, providing the legal basis not just for the desegregation of our schools but all public life. If judicial nominees — or nominees for any other office for that matter — cannot affirm the veracity of the court’s decision, they cannot be trusted to uphold the responsibilities fairly of the position they seek.



From Mother Jones:


Since 2012, Vitter, the wife of former Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter, has served as the general counsel to the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and has been pretty open about her views on reproductive health. In 2013, at an event hosted by Louisiana Right to Life, Vitter praised states with restrictive abortion laws. “Last year, Texas led the nation in some very pro-life, restrictive laws led by a very strong governor,” Vitter said at an “Abortion Hurts Women’s Health” panel. “They are making great strides in making it very difficult to get abortions in Texas.”


At the same event, Vitter encouraged attendees to take seriously the views of another anti-abortion advocate, Angela Lanfranchi, who spoke to the audience about how “contraceptives cause cancer.” Vitter also promoted Lanfranchi’s brochures that claimed taking birth control increases women’s chances of dying a violent death. 


“Go to Dr. Angela’s website…download [the brochure], 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?'” Vitter asked the audience. 



The background report on Wendy Vitter by the Alliance for Justice is here.



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