DOJ Asks Supreme Court to Allow Most of the New Sex Discrimination Rule to Go Into Effect

On Monday, the Justice Department went to the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of the Biden administration’s new Title IX sex discrimination rule that includes transgender protection—arguing strongly that the logic of the rule is “compelled” by a recent high Court ruling. 

The rule, issued under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, is set to go into effect on Aug. 1.
Republican judicial appointees have blocked the rule in 15 states over the past five weeks, as well as in schools attended by members of two far-right organizations and the children of members of a third far-right group.

DOJ argued that an injunction against enforcing the definition provision of the Title IX rule is inappropriate because the states and groups claim no injuries from that definition beyond those relating to the other two provisions—enforcement of which would remain enjoined during the appeals. Regardless of that—and this is key—Prelogar argued that “inclusion of gender-identity discrimination is compelled by a straightforward application of this Court’s decision in Bostock.“

The Kamala Harris I Know, and What It Could Mean for America

In the past two decades, Kamala Harris has gone from being the first Black and South Asian woman to serve as San Francisco district attorney, to the first Black and South Asian woman to serve as vice president of the United States. Now, she’s earned enough delegate support to become a presidential nominee—another first for a woman of color. The significance of this moment cannot be overstated.

I know what it is like to live at a time when our leaders haven’t looked like me.

Title IX: Upholding Justice for Student Survivors in a Historic Election Year

This year marks the 52nd anniversary of Title IX, a landmark civil rights law that has transformed the landscape of U.S. education. The Biden-Harris administration’s new Title IX regulations, set to take effect Aug. 1, represent a significant step toward acknowledging and addressing the unique challenges faced by student who face discrimination and sexual violence, especially female, LGBTQ+ and pregnant or parenting students. But Republicans hope to block these Title IX revisions and revert them back to the restrictive Trump-era Title IX guidelines.

In this historic election year, with President Biden stepping down from the presidential campaign and Vice President Kamala Harris stepping up as the new candidate, the stakes are even higher.

Supreme Court’s Blow to Federal Agencies’ Power Will Likely Weaken Abortion Rights. Here Are Three Issues to Watch.

One of the Court’s most significant decisions of 2024 was Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo. In a reversal of 40 years of precedent, courts—not agencies—will have the last word on interpreting federal law.

In her Loper dissent, Justice Elena Kagan wrote: “In every sphere of current or future federal regulation, expect courts from now on to play a commanding role.” Kagan’s dissent raises the specter of judges across the country—not doctors or scientists or educators, nor even politicians, who at least must answer to the public—playing a “commanding role” in reproductive rights policy.

Dropping the ‘Respectfully’ in Dissent: What ‘Trump v. U.S.’ Means for the Country’s Future

The Supreme Court majority’s extreme belief in Trump v. U.S. that our president is above the law is anathema to the history of our nation.

In almost every case, the dissenting justices write, “I respectfully dissent,” but both Sotomayor and Jackson omit the “respectfully” in their dissents in Trump v. U.S. There is little to cling to in this decision. It is as un-American as can be.

First Four Antiabortion Extremists Sentenced in Nashville for Blockading Tennessee Clinic

Four antiabortion extremists, Dennis Green, Paul Vaughn, Coleman Boyd and Cal Zastrow, were sentenced last week following their convictions for felony conspiracy and violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. These charges stemmed from their involvement in a 2021 blockade of the carafem Health Center in Nashville, a reproductive health clinic that offered abortion care.

On March 5, 2021, the four defendants and the seven other indicted individuals blockaded the entrance to the Carafem Nashville Health Center. Patients were unable to enter the clinic, and staff members were unable to leave. In Coleman Boyd’s live stream of the blockade, he can be heard harassing and intimidating a patient, calling her a “mom coming to kill her baby.” Boyd also encouraged one of his children—a minor—to do the same. A patient and employee of the clinic testified at the trial, saying they felt fear and anxiety during the clinic blockade. Court documents described the blockade as “borne out of the defendant’s lack of respect for the law,” meant to “train and encourage others to carry out additional unlawful blockades.”

Mexican President Claudia Sheinbaum Must Prioritize Reproductive Choice as the Country Becomes a Lifeline for American Women

In June, Mexico marked a historic moment electing its first female president. Many women from the United States and other Latin American countries travel to Mexico to seek care. Therefore, advancing reproductive choice for women and girls should be a top policy priority for President Claudia Sheinbaum’s term in order to expand access to myriad opportunities for women across the Americas.

House Republicans Are Jeopardizing the Rights of Women and LGBTQ+ Students

On April 19, the Biden administration released new Title IX guidelines that increase protections for assault victims, LGBTQ+ students, and pregnant students by providing schools more flexibility in how they conduct investigations.

Almost three months later, on July 10, House Republicans passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution—House Joint Resolution 165—that would block the Biden administration’s Title IX revisions and revert them back to the restrictive Trump-era Title IX guidelines.

Gen Z’s Fight to Secure the ERA in the Constitution

Women are still fighting for the ERA and constitutional gender equality. It’s astonishing that in 2024, women are not legally considered equal to their male counterparts.

For Gen Z, a generation that prides itself on embracing diversity, inclusion and equality, this discrimination cannot stand. We are in a unique position to support gender equality, demanding that it becomes a constitutional right.

Republican National Platform Invites Nationwide Abortion Ban by Supreme Court Decree

To give themselves political cover in the fall elections, conservatives have devised a way to sidestep democratic processes and political accountability while still achieving a nationwide abortion ban. They hope to do this by asking the conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court to interpret the 14th Amendment to ban abortion nationwide. In other words, they don’t need a new amendment because they assert the Constitution already bans abortion.