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That wording is a clue to Stickman’s thinking on abortion. Most abortions in the United States occur before the 13th week of pregnancy, when the fetus is the size of a lemon. While debate continues over late-term abortion, 80 percent of Americans supported abortion in either some or all instances by the time Stickman wrote his letter, according to a Gallup tracking poll.
Stickman’s rhetoric is similar to what abortion opponents use today, with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other Republicans increasingly arguing that Democrats support outright “infanticide.” At the same time, several states have passed bills that come close to outlawing abortion altogether. Such laws are intentionally provocative, inviting legal challenges that supporters hope to take to the Supreme Court, where they believe an increasingly conservative bench will ultimately strike down Roe v. Wade. Pennsylvania doesn’t have such a law, but a bill prohibiting terminating a pregnancy because of a diagnosis of Down syndrome has passed one house of the state legislature. As a district court judge, Stickman could find himself ruling on a challenge to that law.
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Democratic groups have identified Stickman as a foe, even though they clearly recognize that the numbers are in his favor. “Sadly, Donald Trump has nominated yet another unsuitable person for a lifetime seat on the federal bench,” Nan Aron of the Alliance for Justice, a group that advocates for a progressive judiciary, told Yahoo News. “William Stickman has made written statements that are disqualifying for an individual who aspires to be a federal judge, and he should not be permitted to sit in judgment of others in the Western District of Pennsylvania.”
Trump’s opponents have little choice but to pin their hopes of defeating Stickman on several pro-choice Republican women in the Senate, most notably Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski...
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