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Josh Hawley Voted for “Pro-Choice” Judge

Over the weekend, Senator Josh Hawley told Jonathan Swan that “I am only going to support nominees who have a strong record on life.”

But two weeks ago, Hawley voted in favor of the nomination of Karin Immergut, a judicial nominee from Oregon. Immergut is described by Oregon news outlets as a “moderate, pro-choice Republican” who presided over a case in which a couple was awarded $2.9 million by a jury after claiming that the mother would have aborted her baby had she known the baby had Down syndrome.

​No word from Hawley on how he came to the conclusion that Immergut has a “strong record on life” or how he was satisfied about her views on substantive due process.

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Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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