Gonzales Says Roe Not 'Settled Law' for Roberts as a Supreme Court Justice
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that as a Supreme Court Justice, John Roberts would not be bound by precedent on abortion rights as he was as an appeals court judge. Roberts had said during his 2003 hearing to become a judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals that Roe v. Wade is “settled law,” but Gonzales said in an interview with the Associated Press yesterday, “If you’re asking a circuit court judge, like Judge Roberts was asked, yes, it is settled law because you’re bound by precedent. If you’re a Supreme Court justice, that’s a different question, because a Supreme Court justice is not obliged to follow precedent if you believe it’s wrong.”
“Clearly, Judge Roberts’ answer on Roe v. Wade in his earlier confirmation hearings is meaningless for his Supreme Court nomination,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “Everything we know about Judge Roberts' record thus far indicates that he will be a solid vote against the right to privacy, affirmative action, Title IX, Roe v. Wade, and the list goes on. If he is to be confirmed by senators who support women's rights, he must say where he truly stands on Roe and the right to privacy."
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .