Posts tagged "Supreme Court"

States are Passing Extreme Anti-Abortion Laws to Challenge Roe v. Wade

Yesterday, Alabama’s female Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the most restrictive and cruel anti-abortion legislation in the United States, legislation that female Representative Terry Collins introduced in the state house to challenge Roe v. Wade. This past week both Georgia and Alabama have passed extreme anti-abortion legislation, revealing the conservative agenda to overturn Roe...

Supreme Court Will Hear Cases on LGBTQ+ Rights in the Workplace

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that they have agreed to hear a group of high profile cases regarding the rights of gay and transgender individuals in the workplace. These cases are aimed to determine if existing federal laws banning sex-based discrimination applies to cases of sexual orientation or gender identity. In particular, the case will...

India Supreme Court Considering Allowing Women into Mosques

India’s Supreme Court is now considering a case to allow women into mosques. Currently, most mosques in India do not allow women in at all or have a separate entrance for women to worship in a segregated area. Individuals began a petition to allow women into mosques, arguing that women were allowed to do so...

Students Protest Kavanaugh Teaching at George Mason University

This summer, Brett Kavanaugh will be teaching a course on the origins of the U.S. Constitution at George Mason’s Antonin Scalia School of Law campus in London. Jennifer Mascott, an assistant professor of law at George Mason and a former clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals in the D.C. Circuit, will be joining him...

Iowa State Will Not Seek Appeal to Fetal Heartbeat Court Ruling

Governor Reynolds of Iowa stated Monday that the government will not seek an appeal after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the “fetal heartbeat” law passed last May was unconstitutional. This unconstitutional law, if had it gone into effect, would have been one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the United States. Those against...

Supreme Court puts Temporary hold on Louisiana Anti-abortion Law

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in favor of placing a temporary hold on Louisiana’s abortion law which requires abortion providers to have hospital privileges at a local hospital. In a tight ruling, 5-4, the Supreme Court set the block in place for a week. This is, however, only a small victory for abortion advocates as...

Indiana Looks to Supreme Court to Implement Anti-abortion Law

The state of Indiana has requested the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court injunction that blocked a law requiring women receiving an abortion to also receive an ultrasound at least 18 hours prior to the procedure, which adds a waiting period and two different appointments to receive an abortion. The Planned Parenthood of Indiana...

Fifth Circuit Upheld an Anti-Abortion Louisiana Law, Despite SCOTUS Precedent

The Center for Reproductive Rights has filed an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court, after the Fifth Circuit upheld the law despite Supreme Court precedent, to prevent an extremely restrictive anti-abortion Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges from going into effect on Feb. 4th; the law would leave only one abortion doctor...

Supreme Court Announces Trump Transgender Military Ban can Immediately take effect

The Supreme Court announced this morning that the Trump administrations’ ban on transgender military service can immediately take effect, impacting over 9,000 Service members, but the Supreme Court declined hear arguments regarding the ban’s constitutionality. Appeals to lower courts will continue but the Supreme Court issued a stay of lower courts’ injunctions which prevented the...

Planned Parenthood Wins Out Over State Attempts to Strip Medicaid Funding

In a win for reproductive rights advocates, today the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider a case between Planned Parenthood and the states of Louisiana and Kansas concerning respective state laws that sought to strip Planned Parenthood of Medicaid funding. This decision means that the appeals court rulings that blocked the respective laws from going...

Ethiopia Appoints Women’s Rights Champion to Head Supreme Court

On Thursday, Ethiopia’s parliament unanimously approved and appointed Meiza Ashenafi to head its Supreme Court. Meiza was nominated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has taken numerous measures to increase women’s roles in Ethiopia. In response to Meiza’s appointment, Prime Minister Abiy’s Chief of Staff tweeted, “Ethiopia’s march towards gender parity in key leadership positions...

DOJ Attacks Protections for Transgender Employees

This past Wednesday, The Department of Justice (DOJ) wrote in a brief to the Supreme Court that the 1964 Civil Rights Act federal workplace protections do not apply to transgender employees, arguing it is legal to discriminate based on gender identity. The DOJ submitted this brief as the Supreme Court decides if it will hear...

Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed to the Supreme Court Despite Sexual Assault Allegations

On Saturday, Brett Kavanaugh was quietly sworn in as the 114th justice of the United States Supreme Court after the Senate voted 50 to 48 to approve his confirmation. The only Senators to break from party lines were Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (D). It was the narrowest voting...

Protests against Kavanaugh Continue in the Wake of Sexual Assault Allegations

Capitol Police arrested fifty-six people yesterday on Capitol Hill during a protest against Supreme Court Nominee and alleged abuser, Brett Kavanaugh.

Sexual Violence Experts Speak Out on Christine Blasey Ford’s Sexual Assault Allegations at Press Conference Hosted by Feminist Majority Foundation

In the 27 years since Anita Hill, much progress has been made in understanding sexual harassment, assault, and violence, yet the national conversation surrounding Dr. Blasey Ford is still filled, after all these years, with hurtful myths that are traumatizing to survivors of sexual assault and damaging to the movement for justice.

Kavanaugh Accused of Sexual Assault

California professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school in the early 1980s.

Republicans are Playing Politics Kavanaugh’s White House Records

On Thursday morning, Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee leaked documents from Brett Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush White House that had previously been marked as committee confidential, a designation meant to protect matters of national security.

Protesters Unite for Justice and Reject Kavanaugh

With 200 events all across the country, protesters gathered on Sunday for the single-day #UniteForJustice action, demanding Senators reject Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

FMF President Eleanor Smeal’s Statement on Senator Susan Collins Meeting with Brett Kavanaugh

Tuesday morning, Senator Susan Collins of Maine met with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh this morning. Just 28% of women in the United States support his nomination, according to a new poll. Because women are still so underrepresented in the Senate, Senator Collins represents not only the state of Maine, but the voices of...

Kavanaugh Hearings to Move Forward Without White House Records

Today the National Archives doubled down on their refusal to provide Senate Democrats with relevant records relating to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush White House, citing a policy that the Archives only responds to requests from committee chairs, positions currently held exclusively by Republicans.