Democrats, Progressive Groups Call for Release of Roberts' Papers
With the nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats and progressive organizations are reiterating their call for the Bush Administration to release Roberts' papers from his time as deputy solicitor general. “Women have a right to know where John Roberts stands,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “The stakes for a generation of women are too high for the Senate to confirm a stealth nominee.”
The eight Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales yesterday urging the Bush Administration to reconsider its decision to withhold these critical documents. “There is no precedent for applying attorney-client privilege to the Senate’s request for documents, and much precedent in the opposite direction that supports our request, including the statements of prominent Republican Senators and the production of similar documents for past nominees, including the late Chief Justice,” the Senators wrote.
“If the Bush administration refuses to release these papers, we must ask ourselves what they are hiding,” said Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women. “And the Senate must ask the same question.”
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
1/22/2015 BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban - After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .
1/22/2015 House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support - House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill.
The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. . . .