Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- With Congress out of session and abortion advocates in the Senate no longer able to hold it up, President Bush moved on the nomination of Ellen Sauerbrey to a top State Department position. Sauerbrey was one of a handful of people Bush placed through recess appointments Wednesday. Sauerbrey, a pro-life former Maryland state lawmaker and gubernatorial candidate, was named to be the assistant secretary of state for population. Senate abortion advocates held up the nomination of Sauerbrey, who was a former UN women's representative, because of her position against abortion. The Senate had planned a committee vote on Sauerbrey in October, but pro-abortion California Democrat Barbara Boxer asked the committee to wait and put a hold on her nomination. Jeanne Head of the National Right to Life Committee, and one of the top pro-life lobbyists as the United Nations, told LifeNews.com she applauded the president's appointment of Sauerbrey. "She has effectively and compassionately carried out [Bush's pro-life] policy as Ambassador to the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN," Head explained. "She is well thought of and very much respected in the diplomatic community at the UN and throughout the world." Read the complete story.