Posts tagged "Supreme Court"

Supreme Court Upholds Trump Administration’s Travel Ban by Blocking Court of Appeals Decision

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court blocked a lower court’s decision that exempted refugees from the Trump Administration’s travel ban. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that refugees who currently have contracts with resettlement sponsors or refugee organizations would be permitted to enter the country while the legality of travel ban...

Marriage Equality Activist Edith Windsor Dies at 88

Edith Windsor, LGBTQ and civil rights activist, dies at 88 in Manhattan on Tuesday. After the death of her wife, Thea Spyer, in 2009, Windsor attempted to claim federal tax exemptions on her wife’s estate tax. Since same-sex marriage was not recognized by the federal government under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Windsor was...

Trump’s Temporary Muslim Travel Ban Goes Into Effect

Travelers from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan will be banned for 90 days if unable to provide a “bona fide relationship” connection to the United States. The Supreme Court ruled to allow the ban until the Court can hear the case in October and make a final ruling.

Supreme Court to Hear Case Regarding Constitutionality of Partisan Gerrymandering

The term “gerrymandering” refers to the redrawing of legislative districts in order to achieve a balance of voters that will elect a specific kind of candidate.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Sexist Citizenship Law

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of 1952 required unwed American fathers to spend at least five years living in the United States in order for their children born abroad to receive citizenship, while unwed American mothers were only required to live in the United States for one year.

Birth Control Still Not Universally Accessible 52 Years After Griswold Decision

In 1965, the Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut law that made the use of contraceptives and the provision of information about family planning illegal. The case was the first ever to identify a right to privacy in the Constitution.

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case of North Carolina Voting Laws

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear North Carolina’s appeal to reinstate their restrictive 2013 voting laws that had previously been struck down by a federal appeals court.

Bill to Outlaw Conversion Therapy Introduced in Congress

Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) joined Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) to reintroduce the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act (S.928) to ban so-called “conversion therapy” across the nation.

Women’s Health Protection Act Introduced in Congress

The bill seeks to enforce the decision from the 2016 Supreme Court case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, in which two provisions of a Texas law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital were ruled an unconstitutional undue burden on women seeking an abortion.

Neil Gorsuch Confirmed to the Supreme Court

On Friday, the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to serve as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court by a vote of 54-45. He will be sworn in on Monday.

Senate Expected to Vote on Gorsuch Nomination Next Week

Thousands of grassroots activists and hundreds of civil rights, feminist, and other social justice organizations such as the Feminist Majority Foundation, NAACP, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the NOW, American Federation of Teachers, and Planned Parenthood Federation have publicly opposed Gorsuch due to his consistent rulings putting corporations above women, workers and everyday people.

Supreme Court Sends Transgender Rights Case Back to Lower Court

On Monday the Supreme Court announced that they will no longer hear the case of transgender student Gavin Grimm, sending the case back to the appeal’s court for further consideration in light of the Trump administration’s rescinding of Title IX protections for transgender students.

Feminist Majority Foundation Denounces Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court

“The elevation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court would be every woman’s and every feminist’s worst nightmare,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Neil Gorsuch, Dangerous for Women, Nominated to Supreme Court

Thought to be even more conservative than Scalia, Gorsuch considers himself to be an originalist, meaning he attempts to interpret the Constitution as it was written by the founders, a fact that leaves many women’s rights activists concerned, as the 19th amendment granting the right to vote is the only explicit Constitutional protection for women....

Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban Awaits Governor’s Signature in Ohio

A bill that would outlaw abortion after the first detectable fetal heartbeat passed the Ohio legislature Tuesday and is awaiting signature on Governor John Kasich’s desk.

Supreme Court Will Hear Case of Transgender Student Barred from School Restroom

The Supreme Court announced last week that it will hear the case of Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old transgender student who was barred from using the boys’ restroom at his Virginia high school.

Virginia Board of Health Removes Surgical Center Building Requirements for Abortion Providers

Yesterday the Virginia Board of Health voted 11-to-4 to remove the unconstitutional outpatient surgical center building requirements imposed on clinics that perform abortions.

Texas Placed Under Federal Supervision, Tries to Reinstate Draconian Voter ID Law

On Friday, Texas’ Attorney General filed a petition requesting that the United States Supreme Court reinstate the state’s draconian voter ID law, SB 14, following the remarkable move by a US District judge to put Texas under court supervision.

Kentucky Supreme Court Ruling Creates Further Setback for Abortion Access

In August, the Kentucky Supreme Court upheld a Kentucky Court of Appeals ruling, creating further setbacks for women seeking an abortion in the state. The effort to reopen the EMW Women’s Clinic located in Lexington was denied over a licensing dispute with the State Cabinet for Health and Family Services. This makes EMW Women’s Surgical...

Supreme Court Will Not Revive North Carolina Voter Restriction Laws

Yesterday the Supreme Court deadlocked over North Carolina’s appeal to revive parts of the state’s 2013 voting laws that were recently struck down by a federal appeals court.