An Arizona Supreme Court justice has won Senate confirmation as a U.S. appellate judge despite conservatives’ objections to his involvement in rulings that led to the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
The Senate voted Tuesday to place Andrew David Hurwitz on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that serves Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, California and, Arizona.
Hurwitz once clerked for U.S. District Judge Jon Newman of Connecticut, who in 1972 wrote two opinions that were the forerunners of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion four decades ago.
The Senate confirmed Hurwitz on a voice vote, despite opposition from Republican opponents on Monday to bringing the nomination to a vote. Arizona’s two Republican senators supported the nomination.