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
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .