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.”
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .