SCOTUS Abortion Pill Decision: Sotomayor Takes Up Mantle of Dissent, Following in RBG’s Footsteps

On Tuesday, in its first decision on abortion since Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation, the Supreme Court opted to reverse an order that allowed medication abortion-receivers to forego an in-person doctor’s visit in light of the pandemic.

“The FDA’s policy imposes an unnecessary, unjustifiable, irrational and undue burden on women seeking an abortion during the current pandemic,” wrote Justice Sotomayor in dissent.

The Ms. Top Feminists of 2020

Despite the political, economic and public health challenges this year—or perhaps because of them—feminists mobilized, fought for our rights, and made progress on many of the issues we care deeply about.

From voter mobilization to reproductive justice, politicians to pop stars, here are our top feminists of 2020.

Alas, Women—Barrett Is No Ginsburg

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.

Sisterhood Is Not Powerful if a Sister’s “Morality” Endangers People’s Lives

“I’ve been having terrifying, recurring dreams. Nightmares, really. In one, a woman died. Let’s call her Ruth. …

“No matter what, this Ruth, a victim of four cancers, had to be alive and kicking, true to her Brooklyn nickname, Kiki, until at least January 20, 2021—Inauguration Day. … Only after that date would her seat be vacant.”

Media Invited Primarily White, Male Guests to Discuss Ginsburg’s Death and Supreme Court’s Future

From September 18, the day Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, through September 29, weekday cable news hosted overwhelmingly white and primarily male guests to discuss her legacy and President Donald Trump’s September 26 nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. 76% of the guests on weekday cable news were white and 62% were men.