As conservatives have worked for decades to take over the courts with judges who eschew civil rights in favor of protecting the wealthy and powerful, the courts cannot be counted upon to always protect women’s rights, from their reproductive freedom to their personal safety.
I don’t know if this Supreme Court session will take a case that could overturn marriage equality before Hannah Ruth and I are ready. But I know that there are hundreds of rabbis who are willing, able and even excited about meeting us where we’re at when the time is right.
Last week, in front of The Federalist Society—arguably the nation’s most influential conservative legal group—Justice Samuel Alito delivered a speech so partisan and political, critics are calling it “more befitting a Trump rally than a legal society.”
In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in in this biweekly round-up.
This week: The country prepares for a stressful Election Day; The Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett; Republicans kick up a fuss about the clothes AOC wears; Poland tightens already intense abortion restrictions; and more.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s lifelong work to achieve equality was unrelenting while serving on the Supreme Court. On the other hand, Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court puts freedom of choice, affordable health care, marriage equality and other hard-won rights are at risk.
Short of a new administration’s decision to unpack and expand the Supreme Court, the future will be a conservative supermajority on the court.
On Monday evening, just eight days before Election Day, the Senate voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
Here’s what feminists had to say.
On Sunday, October 25, activists walked silently in black and red robes in over 100 cities and towns across the nation to protest the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
In a 52-to-48 vote, Senate Republicans voted on Monday night to ram through Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
But Senate Democrats did not let the nomination go through without a fight.
The speed in which Judge Amy Coney Barrett is being rushed through a Supreme Court vetting process shows that senators can indeed make progress quickly if they care enough about the issue at hand. Right now, they need to care about the American people and focus on COVID-19 relief.
Fearing that a Barrett confirmation may lead the Supreme Court to end federal protection for abortion rights, activists across the country are mobilizing to secure the right to abortion health care in state law.