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.”
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. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .