Laura Bush Wants a Woman to Fill the Supreme Court Vacancy
In an interview on NBC's "Today Show," Laura Bush said that she hoped a woman would fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. “I would really like him (President Bush) to name another woman,” she said, according to the Washington Post.
At a Ms. Community Journalist Forum yesterday in Washington, DC, Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority and publisher of Ms. magazine, led the call for a centrist woman nominee to replace O’Connor. “We want not only a woman, but a woman who will not close the door on the rights of women,” she said.
Meanwhile, with the rumors that Chief Justice Rehnquist also plans to retire from the Supreme Court, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, suggested that Bush appoint O’Connor to be the Chief Justice on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” “Some speculation is she might reconsider if she were named chief justice…,” said Specter. “I think it would be very tempting if the president said, ‘Justice O’Connor, you could help the country now.’ She has received so much adulation that a confirmation hearing would be more like a coronation and she might be willing to stay on for a year or so.” Several Senators, not including Specter, had met with O’Connor weeks before she announced her retirement to discuss a campaign to elevate her to the Chief Justice position if Rehnquist resigned; Specter said on “Face the Nation” that O’Connor was reportedly flattered and did not object to the idea.
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .