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Texas Vs. Women’s Reproductive Rights

What happens in Texas may not stay in Texas — a good reason for women across the United States to be concerned. The Supreme Court has been asked to review a June 2015 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which upheld a law that would bolt the doors to […]

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What Scotus got wrong last week

Originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Decisions issued last week by the United States Supreme Court displayed the marked ideological divisions of its members. Progressives decried the evisceration of the Voting Rights Acts and celebrated the DOMA victory but largely overlooked two opinions handed down last Monday that eroded workers’ right to be free of discrimination. Discrimination […]

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Could the Supreme Court’s Prostitution Pledge Ruling Help Rape Victims in Ohio?

Yesterday afternoon, yet another state passed sweeping anti-abortion and anti-woman policies. Ohio’s new budget includes provisions for mandatory ultrasounds (including, possibly, just to obtain birth control), defunding Planned Parenthood, redirecting funds to Crisis Pregnancy Centers, and defines pregnancy as beginning at fertilization rather than implantation. Despite vocal objections and impassioned pleas from Democratic lawmakers and […]

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The President’s Super Power

Here’s another reason to vote in November: when one of the nine members of the United States Supreme Court resigns or retires, the President nominates his or her successor. With few exceptions, the nominee is routinely confirmed by the Senate and serves for life. The closely split 5-4 decisions on Obamacare, Citizens United, and Bush […]

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Another Woman’s Voice on the Supreme Court: Is It Important?

In a 2001 speech at the University of California at Berkeley, Judge Sonia Sotomayor expressed a hope that “a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”  Eight years later, shortly before Justice David Souter announced […]

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