Posts tagged "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.

Protesters Arrested In Civil Disobedience Action Against Kavanaugh

Seventy four people were arrested in Washington, DC last week for civil disobedience while protesting the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. The activists were led out of the Hart Senate Office Building with their fists in the air as they sang, “Hear the voices of the sons and daughters, protect our...

Activists Rally Against Kavanaugh’s Nomination

People across the country are rallying to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanagh to the Supreme Court, fearful that his confirmation could be detrimental to the future of the Affordable Care Act, abortion rights, workers’ rights, and more.

Pro-Choice Caucus Rejects Kavanaugh, Fights to Save Roe

This morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held a press conference with several members of Pro-Choice House Caucus concerning the threats Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court poses for reproductive rights. Feminist Majority joined several reproductive rights organizations to unite with members against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Brett Kavanaugh Nominated to the Supreme Court

On Monday night, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court. An extreme conservative, Kavanaugh would rank nearly the same as Justice Clarence Thomas on the ideological spectrum. Justice Kennedy announced two weeks ago that he will be retiring from the Supreme Court, allowing President Trump...

Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Leaves Court’s Future Uncertain

Justice Kennedy announced last Wednesday that he will be retiring from the United States Supreme Court. His retirement will allow President Trump to have a second Supreme Court appointment.

Trump Administration Attacks Affirmative Action Admission Policies

The Trump administration will encourage schools to implement race-blind admissions policies, a reversal from an Obama-era guidance. Under the Obama Administration, the Education Department’s civil rights division issued seven guidance documents urging schools to consider race during admissions when attempting to diversify student bodies. The Justice Department plans to scrap these guidance efforts.

Supreme Court Rules Against Public Sector Unions

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against public-sector unions in Janus v AFSCME, deciding that unions can no longer collect fees from public employees who opt not to be union members yet are covered by and profit from all of the benefits that unions achieve. This ruling reversed precedent from the 1977 ruling...

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Anti-Abortion Fake Clinics

This week, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a California law requiring that anti-abortion, fake health centers provide women with complete and accurate information about abortion.

Supreme Court Rules on Major Gerrymandering Cases

The Supreme Court ruled on two major cases regarding gerrymandering on Monday. The decisions, a victory for Republican lawmakers in Texas and North Carolina, allow for the majority of the states’ voting districts to remain in their current design ahead of the 2018 elections.

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.