When a Washington Post editor and columnist calls you “the worst federal judge in America,” you know you’re on the right track.
That quote is courtesy of the paper’s Ruth Marcus, who is incensed that Judge Matt Kacsmaryk authored the opinion blocking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) approval of mifepristone, one of the two drugs used in a chemical abortion.
Ms. Marcus is particularly aggrieved that Judge Kacsmaryk used the term “unborn human” when referring to babies inside the womb.
“Not appropriate,” she writes, “not even close.”
According to the columnist, the judge is a “zealot” and “advocate,” but it seems she’s suggesting this for no other reason that the judge had the gall to recognize the reality of preborn life.
So who is Judge Matt Kacsmaryk?
Prior to his appointment and confirmation as United States District Judge by President Donald Trump in 2017 for the Northern District of Texas, Kacsmaryk was deputy general counsel at First Liberty Institute, and Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Born into a Christian family in Florida, the Kacsmaryks were members of the West Freeway Church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas. “All Scripture is God-breathed,” the church professes on its website. “And is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
According to reports, Dorothy Kacsmaryk, Matt’s mother, was a trained microbiologist who also volunteers at a pregnancy resource clinic.
After high school, Matt Kacsmaryk enrolled in and later graduated from Abilene Christian University. He earned his juris doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law in 2003. He also served as executive editor of the Texas Review of Law & Politics.
Back in 2015, Matt contributed an essay to the National Catholic Register in which he lamented that the sexual revolution has obliterated “the three pillars of marriage law: first, permanence; second, exclusivity; and third, procreation.” He added, “The third pillar fell when the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional nearly all restrictions on contraceptives and abortion in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), Eisenstadt v. Baird (1965), Roe v. Wade (1973), and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992).”
Judge Kacsmaryk has also served as a trustee for Christian Homes and Family Services, a ministry dedicated to serving mothers and finding forever homes and foster care for vulnerable children.
Keep in mind this is the same individual the Washington Post columnist called “the worst federal judge in America.”
Naturally, this specious charge is lobbed because the assumption is no judge could ever possibly be ruling in favor of life based on the Constitution or the law. Instead, every decision that recognizes humanity must be rooted in faith. It’s a phony and empty charge.
During his confirmation hearings, Judge Kacsmaryk made clear he wouldn’t allow his religious beliefs to cloud his judgment. There’s no indication or evidence that he’s broken this pledge.
Judge Matt Kacsmaryk should be commended for this courageous ruling, not only because it’s legally sound – but because he knew he would incur the fury and fire of the radical pro-abortion crowd when he issued the decision. He went ahead and issued it anyway, and unapologetically.
It’s becoming increasingly unpopular to rule against radicals. The easy thing is to go along with the cultural elites. Don’t cause waves. Just go with the flow.
But it’s never right to do the wrong thing. Judge Kacsmaryk did the right thing by fairly applying the law and ignoring the taunts and threats. The judge and his family would benefit from our prayers, and so would all the innocent children whose lives hang in the balance as a result of the looming legal fight over the abortion pill.