logo

Supreme Court ruling means the abortion pill is safe for now; Alito dissents

The abortion pill will remain legal in the United States.

On Friday, the Supreme Court issued an order halting a federal judge’s previous ruling that effectively banned mifepristone, a medication that is used in combination with misoprostol to induce medical abortions. The highest court’s order did not offer a written majority opinion, only a dissenting one from Justice Alito, meaning at least five of the nine justices agreed with the opinion....

Originally posted on salon.com

read more

Supreme Court extends deadline for major abortion case, suggesting lack of unanimity in opinion

On Tuesday the Supreme Court announced that it might need until the end of this week to decide the fate of mifepristone, a drug that comes in the form of a pill used by millions to terminate early pregnancies. Their ruling could result in the ban of the drug, which would mean that medication abortions would be de facto outlawed in the United States....

Originally posted on salon.com

read more

When FDR tried to pack the Supreme Court: A lesson for Dark Brandon?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Joe Biden Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images

Future historians may well remember 2022 as the year when the U.S. Supreme Court permanently went off the rails. This goes well beyond the tormented, quasi-religious reasoning used by the court’s conservative majority in Dobbs v. Jackson, the case that officially reversed the nationwide abortion rights established in 1973 by Roe v....

Originally posted on salon.com

read more

Did the Supreme Court just become “political”? God, no — it’s always been that way

Portrait of United States Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (1777-1864) Getty Images/Bettmann

The Supreme Court is, and always has been, a political institution. That would be self-evident if not for the mystique that has been built up around America’s most important judicial body. That aura has started to dissipate — a recent Monmouth University poll found that more than half of Americans disapproved of the court’s recent performance — but it remains powerful enough that people take Chief Justice John Roberts seriously when he bemoans the supposed politicization of the Supreme Court....

Originally posted on salon.com

read more

This is what it was like trying to get an abortion in the United States before 1973

Sign-carrying pro-choice & pro-life advocates clashing outside Supreme Court, demonstrating against Pennsylvania case ruling imperiling 1973 Roe vs Wade decision legalizing abortion.\ Diana Walker/Getty Images

On May 2, 2022, an anonymous whistleblower informed Politico that the Supreme Court is planning on overturning Roe v. WadeIf this indeed comes to pass as expected, the landscape of reproductive rights and abortion access in the United States would shift radically overnight, with state governments deciding individually whether to make abortion outright illegal....

Originally posted on salon.com

read more

The Christian right didn’t used to care about abortion — until they did

Anti-Abortion activists gather in oppostion in front of the supreme court during the annual Women’s March October 2, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Women’s March and other groups organized marches across the country to protest the new abortion law in Texas. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

There is an intriguing parallel between the right-wing’s opposition to abortion rights and its crusade to prevent gun control, at least when it comes to the history of those movements in the United States....

Originally posted on salon.com

read more

Alabama cannot bar abortions in response to the coronavirus pandemic, federal judge rules

Abortion rights demonstrators AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

A federal judge in Alabama ruled Sunday that the state cannot bar abortions in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Based on the current record, the defendants’ efforts to combat COVID-19 do not outweigh the lasting harm imposed by the denial of an individual’s right to terminate her pregnancy, by an undue burden or increase in risk on patients imposed by a delayed procedure or by the cloud of unwarranted prosecution against providers,” U.S....

Originally posted on salon.com

read more

Joe Scarborough: Democrats “look more pro-life” than Republicans amid calls to “euthanize” elderly

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on “Morning Joe” MSNBC

“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough criticized conservatives who want to “euthanize” the elderly in order to protect the American economy, calling Democrats the “party of life right now.”

“Right now, these conservatives are making Democrats, who are pro-choice, actually look more pro-life,” Scarborough said Thursday morning....

Originally posted on salon.com

read more

The Significance of Mike Pence

Published: The Good Men Project (July 16, 2016) As The New York Times recently reported, there are an awful lot of social issues in which Donald Trump doesn’t now or didn’t in the past line up with his new vice presidential running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. These...

read more