Senate confirms Trump judicial nominee, an abortion foe rated as ‘not qualifed’

Sarah Pitlyk, in August 2018, is known for her support of religious rights and her stance against abortion.
(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed a St. Louis County attorney known for her opposition to abortion and support for religious rights to a federal judgeship in St. Louis.

Sarah Pitlyk’s appointment to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri came despite the American Bar Assn. rating her as “not qualified” because of her lack of experience in the courtroom.

Pitlyk is special counsel to the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, a not-for-profit law firm that says it is “dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty.” She worked to defeat an “abortion sanctuary city’’ ordinance in St. Louis and was involved in a dispute over whether a St. Louis couple’s frozen embryos were property or unborn children, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported.


Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said in a statement after the vote that Pitlyk’s “strong legal experience, sharp intellect, and commitment to the rule of law” made her an outstanding choice for the court. He recommended Pitlyk to President Trump, who nominated her.