August 2, 2022

Biden Nominates Dobbs v. Jackson Lawyer to 1st Circuit Court of Appeals

President Joe Biden nominated Julie Rikelman to a position on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals. Julie Rikelman is known most recently as the lawyer who represented Jackson Women's Health Organization in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In that case, which ended in the repeal of Roe v. Wade, Rikelman argued to keep Roe's precedent in place.

Rikelman currently works as a senior litigation director for the Center for Reproductive Rights. Her profile on the pro-abortion organization's website states, “In addition to challenging bans and clinic closing laws around the country, Julie’s other litigation work at the Center has included leading the Center’s efforts against invasive ultrasound laws, fighting to preserve access to medication abortion, and defending the rights of young people in Florida and Alaska to make their own reproductive health decisions.”

Nominees such as Rikelman are clearly intended to act as judicial activists rather than objective interpreters of federal law. It seems unlikely that Rikelman would uphold the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling that she argued against before the Supreme Court. Pro-abortion organizations joyfully echo this sentiment. National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) President Mini Timmaraju tweeted, “Having experts with demonstrable records of standing up for abortion rights like Julie Rikelman in the judicial branch will serve as a critical defense from future attacks on our rights.”