On June 23, the White House told Democratic leaders in Kentucky that they would nominate to a lifetime position as a federal judge Chad Meredith, a Republican lawyer who has defended anti-abortion laws. But the White House postponed the announcement, set for the following day, because it was the day the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to an abortion.

When the Louisville Courier-Journal leaked the news of President Biden's plans to nominate Meredith, progressives and reproductive rights advocates responded with outrage. A coalition of major abortion rights organizations including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and NARAL Pro-Choice America released a statement blasting the nomination of Meredith, who helped successfully defend an anti-abortion law while previously serving as solicitor general for Kentucky's current Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a Republican.