Bush Makes Second Recess Appointment of Right-Wing Judicial Nominee
For the second time this year, President Bush bypassed the Senate by appointing a filibustered judicial nominee while Congress was in recess. In a move designed to attract little attention, Bush on Friday afternoon appointed Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Pryor has openly voiced his opposition to women's rights and gay rights, calling the 1973 US Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade "the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history," and "the day seven members of our high court ripped the Constitution and ripped out the life of millions of unborn children." He reaffirmed these statements at his Senate hearing. With the urging of a coalition of women's rights, civil rights, and lesbian and gay rights organizations, including the Feminist Majority, Senate Democrats had been filibustering Pryor's nomination.
"It is outrageous that Bush has again circumvented the legal process to appoint a right-wing judicial activist during a Congressional recess," said Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women. "This further demonstrates his total disregard for the women of this country and democracy in general." Under the rules governing recess appointments, Pryor will only serve until the fall of 2005.
In January, Bush bypassed the Senate and appointed Charles Pickering to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Senate Democrats had also been maintaining a filibuster against Pickering. Opposed by the Feminist Majority and other women's and civil rights groups, Pickering, as a state Senator, supported a constitutional amendment to ban abortion and chaired the subcommittee of the National Republican Party that in 1976 approved a plank calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to make abortion illegal. Pickering has opposed the Equal Rights Amendment and as a district court judge, criticized remedies provided by the Voting Rights Act to redress discrimination against African-American voters. Also as a federal district judge, Pickering attempted to intercede in a case to reduce the sentence of a convicted cross burner.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .