The nomination of Neomi Rao for a seat on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit advanced Thursday to the full U.S. Senate, following several days of new scrutiny of her stance on abortion.

Rao has been largely viewed as a lock for a seat on the D.C. Circuit, succeeding now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh on a court teeming with disputes that fall squarely in her wheelhouse: administrative and regulatory issues. Rao now leads the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a central office in the Trump administration’s deregulatory push.