The Supreme Court starts a new term today, set to hear several cases that will affect millions of women throughout the United States. The Court has agreed to hear cases involving the Violence Against Women Act, which gave rape and domestic violence victims the right to sue their attackers for violating their civil rights. Analysts say the Court remains closely divided, usually ruling 5-4 votes. However, several justices may soon retire including, Justices Stevens, Rehnquist, and O'Connor. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has also been in question, as she recovers from colon cancer. Thus, the composition of the Court may soon be drastically changed, emphasizing the importance of the next presidential election.
Media Resources: Washington Post - October 3, 1999
8/3/2015 The Senate is Voting on Planned Parenthood Funding Today - A Senate bill to defund Planned Parenthood is expected to come to a vote today.
Sponsored by Republican Senator Joni Ernst (IA), Senate Bill 1881 would prohibit all Federal funding of Planned Parenthood or "any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics." The Senate will need 60 votes to advance the bill, which is being proposed following the release of highly edited video footage by anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).
The CMP's misleading videos claim that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue. . . .