USA – How Sandra Day O’Connor’s legacy could make it easier to gut abortion rights

How Sandra Day O’Connor’s legacy could make it easier to gut abortion rights
Her most influential abortion decision may contain the seeds of Roe v. Wade’s destruction.

By Anna North
Oct 26, 2018

Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court, announced on Tuesday that she will step back from public life after a diagnosis of dementia.

O’Connor’s announcement coincides with a turning point on the Supreme Court. Some of her most influential opinions in her 25 years on the Court had to do with abortion rights. A moderate on a Court that moved to the right during her tenure, she cast a crucial vote to uphold Roe v. Wade in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and she’s often seen today as a defender of abortion rights.

Continued: https://www.vox.com/2018/10/26/18015604/sandra-day-oconnor-justice-supreme-court-kavanaugh

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USA – A Dire Situation for Women: The Future of Roe’s Legal Protections if Judge Kavanaugh Joins the Supreme Court

A Dire Situation for Women: The Future of Roe’s Legal Protections if Judge Kavanaugh Joins the Supreme Court
Fact Sheets

Aug 28, 2018

President Trump promised to nominate only Supreme Court justices who would “automatically” overturn Roe v. Wade, and his nominee Brett Kavanaugh has ruled to restrict women’s access to abortion. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would change the balance of the Supreme Court against access to abortion. Whether the newly constituted Court would overturn Roe or profess to uphold the right to abortion while severely undermining it, the result would be dire for women in this country.

Overturning Roe
If Judge Kavanaugh joins the Court and rules to overturn Roe v. Wade, women could be criminalized and punished in our country for having an abortion.

Continued: https://nwlc.org/resources/a-dire-situation-for-women/

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USA – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wishes This Case Had Legalized Abortion Instead of Roe v. Wade

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wishes This Case Had Legalized Abortion Instead of Roe v. Wade

By Olivia B. Waxman
August 2, 2018

When the U.S. Senate confirmed President Bill Clinton’s nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the U.S. Supreme Court by a 96-3 vote on Aug. 3, 1993 — precisely 25 years ago Friday — that decision set Ginsburg on the path to legal (and viral) history. That process was also noteworthy for her decision to take “the unprecedented step of strongly endorsing abortion rights” in a Supreme Court confirmation hearing, as TIME reported back then.

“It is essential to woman’s equality with man that she be the decisionmaker, that her choice be controlling,” Ginsburg told Senators during her four days of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee. “If you impose restraints that impede her choice, you are disadvantaging her because of her sex.”

Continued: http://time.com/5354490/ruth-bader-ginsburg-roe-v-wade/

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USA – Senators, Don’t Pretend You Don’t Know Where Kavanaugh Stands On Roe

Senators, Don’t Pretend You Don’t Know Where Kavanaugh Stands On Roe

David S. Cohen, Guest Writer
July 17, 2018

When it comes time for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings and ultimate vote, one of the major issues that will be on people’s minds is what he thinks of Roe v. Wade. Past nominees have dodged the question ― Clarence Thomas famously said that he hadn’t given it any thought during or since law school ― or answered with the meaningless tautology that the case is indeed precedent from the Supreme Court and is the “law of the land.” A notable exception is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who answered the question eloquently and in depth.

When Judge Kavanaugh is asked about Roe, he shouldn’t be able to dodge the question, because we have an unusually clear record of how he feels. I’m not referring to the case from 2017, when Kavanaugh was in dissent, arguing that the government could prevent an unaccompanied immigrant minor in federal custody from having an abortion. His opinion in that case was distressing, and an indication of a serious lack of concern for a minor’s well-being, but there’s much more direct evidence than that. There’s even video.

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-cohen-kavanaugh-abortion-roe_us_5b4cff2ee4b0b15aba876233

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Why, unlike some people, Canadians don’t lose their minds over Supreme Court appointments

Why, unlike some people, Canadians don’t lose their minds over Supreme Court appointments
Canada's top court is way less politicized than in the United States, and it's not just because our Constitution is only 36 years old

Tristin Hopper
Updated: July 9, 2018

The United States is currently mired in political chaos following the announcement that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will be retiring. It’s a bizarre spectacle from Canada, where new Supreme Court appointments are barely noticed. While U.S. Supreme Court justices are household names, most Canadians cannot name a single sitting member of their highest court (and Beverley McLachlin doesn’t count anymore; she just retired). So what gives? The National Post called up some very smart law experts to figure out why Canada’s Supreme Court isn’t the partisan hockey puck it is down south.

Abortion isn’t a major wedge issue here.

Continued: https://windsorstar.com/news/canada/why-unlike-some-people-canadians-dont-lose-their-minds-over-supreme-court-appointments/wcm/44c54d8d-2008-4a9e-ba09-98a66fbaedaf

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Want to overturn Roe, Republicans? Get ready for what comes next.

Want to overturn Roe, Republicans? Get ready for what comes next.
July 3, 2018

by Charles Lane, Opinion writer
July 2, 2018

Justice Antonin Scalia did not frame his opposition to Roe v. Wade in terms of opposition to abortion per se. His complaint was that the 1973 ruling created a nationwide constitutional right to abortion, thus channeling the issue into the federal courts and away from normal political processes.

By “foreclosing all democratic outlet for the deep passions this issue arouses,” wrote Scalia, who died in 2016, in his dissent from the court’s 1992 reaffirmation of Roe, “by banishing the issue from the political forum that gives all participants, even the losers, the satisfaction of a fair hearing and an honest fight, by continuing the imposition of a rigid national rule instead of allowing for regional differences, the Court merely prolongs and intensifies the anguish.”

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/want-to-overturn-roe-republicans-get-ready-for-what-comes-next/2018/07/02/eb8ad380-7e09-11e8-bb6b-c1cb691f1402_story.html

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USA – The End of Abortion

The End of Abortion

By Reva Siegel
June 28, 2018

As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to appoint justices who would overrule Roe v. Wade, and the actions of his administration confirm his hostility. With Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s retirement, we are now at the moment of reckoning.

The court of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. could reject Roe quickly and openly, allowing states to ban abortion at any point during pregnancy and to punish doctors and even their patients — as Mr. Trump discussed on the campaign trail. Some states like Iowa have already enacted laws banning early abortion to put test cases in the judicial pipeline.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/28/opinion/abortion-kennedy-supreme-court-trump.html

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USA – Justice Kennedy, the pivotal swing vote on the Supreme Court, announces his retirement

Justice Kennedy, the pivotal swing vote on the Supreme Court, announces his retirement
What Justice Kennedy's retirement means for the Supreme Court

by Robert Barnes June 27, 2018

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring from the Supreme Court, a move that will give President Trump a chance to replace the pivotal justice and solidify a more conservative majority on the court that plays a crucial role in American life.

“It has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years on the Supreme Court,” Kennedy, 81, said in a statement released in the afternoon of the last day of the term. He said his final day will be July 31.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/justice-kennedy-the-pivotal-swing-vote-on-the-supreme-court-announces-retirement/2018/06/27/a40a8c64-5932-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html?utm_term=.2e7c4ab3a380

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How US abortion debate got to this point

How US abortion debate got to this point

By Philippa Thomas, BBC News
2 May 2018

As the Supreme Court hears arguments on another abortion case, two factions of the debate look back on how they got here and what they expect in the future.

Who cares about the exercise routine of an 84-year-old?

Thousands do, when that octogenarian is Ruth Bader Ginsburg - tiny, feisty, and fit. For liberal Americans, she's a vital progressive voice on the nine-member US Supreme Court. And to put it bluntly, they're invested in her staying alive. Because if she goes, her replacement will be named by President Trump.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43957790

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Janet Benshoof: Human rights lawyer who campaigned for abortion rights in the US and across the world

Janet Benshoof: Human rights lawyer who campaigned for abortion rights in the US and across the world
She proved a formidable foe to anti-abortion activists, never cowing to threats of violence, and her vision for empowering girls and women was steadfastly internationalist in scope

Harrison Smith
Thursday 4 January 2018

Janet Benshoof was an American human rights lawyer who campaigned to expand access to contraceptives and abortions across the world. She led organisations that advocated on behalf of women from the US to Burma and Iraq.

In the American territory of Guam, she was once arrested for protesting against her country’s most restrictive abortion law.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/janet-benshoof-abortion-rights-us-human-rights-lawyer-america-world-pro-life-choice-anti-death-a8141321.html

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