Collins was the only GOP senator who opposed ending debate on Sarah Pitlyk’s nomination to be a judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Collins, in a statement, said Pitlyk’s lack of experience and concerns that the nominee would not be able to set aside her personal views on abortion were reasons she was opposing the nomination.
“After a careful review of the Judiciary Committee proceedings and Ms. Pitlyk’s legal practice, I have concluded that she does not have sufficient experience to receive a federal district court appointment,” Collins said.
Pitlyk has also drawn fierce pushback from Democrats and outside groups because of her statements on abortion as well as in vitro fertilization and surrogacy.
“My concern is not based on Ms. Pitlyk’s personal views on abortion or various medical decisions, which she has every right to hold. I do question, however, given her pattern of strident advocacy, whether she could put aside her personal views on these matters,” Collins added.