Posts Categorized: Supreme Court

NOW to Closely Monitor Kagan Hearings for Sexism and Signs of Nominee’s Commitment to Equality and Justice for All

As the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Supreme Court nominee Solicitor General Elena Kagan open today, the National Organization for Women promises to closely monitor the proceedings. Kagan’s confirmation would make history, as she would be the third woman to currently serve on the court, increasing the composition of women justices to one-third — more than have ever served at the same time.

NOW Applauds President Obama’s Historic Nomination to Supreme Court

The National Organization for Women applauds President Barack Obama’s decision to nominate a woman to follow Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. Upon confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Solicitor General Elena Kagan would join Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor to become the third woman currently sitting on the Supreme Court — a historic achievement.

Celebrating 37 Years of Roe v. Wade: NOW Asserts that Abortion Care is a Human Right

Today we celebrate the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which recognized a woman’s constitutional right to legal abortion. However, we recognize that in 2010 women’s ability to exercise this basic right is under attack as never before, not only by domestic terrorism but also in the halls of Congress. Just last summer, Wichita physician Dr. George Tiller was murdered as he attended church services, and today his admitted killer is being allowed to make the novel argument that his heinous act was not murder because he was driven by religious zeal. In Washington, after months of debate over health care reform, we find ourselves wondering whether the leadership in Congress and the president we worked so hard to elect in 2008 will ultimately stand up to the Catholic Bishops and other extremists bent on dismantling Roe and reject their demands for sweeping anti-abortion provisions in the reform bill. More than ever, we must fight for women’s fundamental human right to have access to safe and legal abortion.

Judiciary Committee Sees the Wisdom in Voting for Sotomayor

NOW applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 13 to 6 vote recommending confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. “At the risk of upsetting Senator Sessions, I am pleased that this ‘wise Latina’ is one step closer to joining Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the high court,” said NOW President Terry O’Neill. “As the first Hispanic justice and only the third woman, Judge Sotomayor will add a much needed perspective to a bench dominated by white males.”

Ginsburg Dissents Offer Bright Spots in Two Disappointing Supreme Court Rulings

Today’s Supreme Court ruling in Ricci v. DeStefano was disappointing, but it’s what we have come to expect from the conservative majority on the Roberts Court. Had retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor still been on the court, instead of her successor Justice Samuel Alito, this 5-4 decision might well have gone the other way.