Jessica Mason Pieklo is a writer and adjunct law professor in Boulder, Colorado. She is the former assistant director of the Health Law Clinic at Hamline Law School in St. Paul, Minnesota and former litigator.
Wednesday marked the third day of Judge Neil Gorsuch's U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rewire's Vice President of Law and the Courts Jessica Mason Pieklo has been monitoring the scene.
In other news, the Southern Poverty Law Center wins a victory against a modern debtors' prison in Alabama, and it intends to investigate if anti-LGBTQ groups are influencing Trump administration policies.
The U.S. Supreme Court order directs the appeals court to take another look at the case of the transgender teenager who successfully sued his school district for access to restrooms aligning with his gender identity.
A federal district judge ruled Texas couldn't rely on heavily edited videos from anti-abortion advocate David Daleiden to try to defund Planned Parenthood. In an earlier case from Utah, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch wasn't so sure.
After President Trump's executive order on immigration created pandemonium in airports worldwide, the courts and local law enforcement are racing to keep up. And then there's the matter of whom the next Supreme Court Justice will be.
To believe the nomination of Neil Gorsuch is not part of the Trump administration’s shock-and-confusion campaign is naive. Gorsuch is the conservative equivalent of the “Justice Dad” meme that Obama tried with Garland.
Gorsuch’s decision was largely adopted by the conservative Roberts Court majority in its 2014 decision ruling that secular, for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby could make religious objections to complying with certain regulations.
“When he said he was going to run the government like his own businesses, he meant it. And that means lining his own pockets at the expense of everyone else," said Vermont Law School professor Jennifer Taub in an interview with Rewire.
The order was issued by the same judge who halted enforcement of the Obama administration’s guidance instructing schools that receive federal funding to allow transgender students access to restrooms consistent with their gender identity, rather than their biological sex.
2016 brought in a ton of reproductive rights victories, plus one significant punt by the U.S. Supreme Court that could help Republicans in their efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act. And 2017 is looking like another big year.
“We are going to fight back state by state and law by law until every person has the right to pursue the life they want, including the right to decide to end a pregnancy," Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood, said in a statement.
Colorado District Court Judge Gilbert Martinez has now three times found Robert Lewis Dear Jr. not legally competent to stand trial on the 179 criminal counts he faces, including murder and attempted murder.
A challenge to North Carolina's HB 2 is put on hold while court watchers wait to see any moves from the U.S. Supreme Court on another transgender "bathroom bill" case. And in Indiana, conservative groups are taking aim at local ordinances protecting LGBTQ rights. Meanwhile, an Indiana claims a religious right to not play taxes, but doesn't say what his religion is.
Universities may be hotbeds for youth activism, but they're also places where administrators can use their power to shut down sexual assault investigations. And in other on-campus news, wearing blackface gets a pass at a North Dakota school, and a Virginia professor goes on leave after comparing Black Lives Matter to the Klan.
The 2009 ordinance requires a so-called limited-service pregnancy center to post a disclaimer in its waiting room notifying clients that it “does not provide or make referral for abortion or birth-control services.”
I wish I could dismiss Ginsburg's comments as a one-off. But I think they reflect a truth progressive white feminists need to deal with: Far too often, race isn’t centered in our political and cultural analysis, even if we believe it to be.
Ending the Hyde Amendment would likely not end litigation about Medicaid funding for abortion. Of course, that doesn’t mean advocates shouldn’t push for a repeal of Hyde’s restrictions, which legalize anti-poor discrimination.
Equality advocates appealed a ruling that threw out a legal challenge to SB 2, a Republican-supported North Carolina law that allows magistrates and other civil servants to refuse to participate in same-sex marriages.
“This lawsuit aims to undermine critical protections against discrimination in health care. No one—whether they’re male or female, transgender or not—should fear being turned away at the hospital door because of who they are,” Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the ACLU, said in a statement.
Although the Obama administration has made numerous attempts to appease religiously affiliated nonprofits who object to providing contraception coverage in health-care plans, many of those nonprofits made it clear last week compromise is not possible.
On Thursday the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the case of Tamesha Means, a Michigan woman who had argued a Catholic-affiliated hospital was negligent in following religious directives in treating her miscarriage.
Friday’s ruling applies only to the transgender students who sued to block the Republican-backed measure mandating people use public restrooms that comport with their biological sex rather than their gender identity.
Among its other protections, Section 1557 expressly prohibits anti-transgender discrimination and refusals to provide reproductive health care. That means it has the potential to significantly advance gender equity in the delivery of health-care services.
In 2013, investigators charged Patel with both feticide and felony neglect of a dependent, based on the theory that Patel had self-induced an abortion and delivered a live infant, which then almost immediately died post-delivery.
“Plain and simple, this is just discrimination against a person because of who she is,” said John Knight, the director of the LGBT and HIV Project of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, in an interview with Rewire.
Robert Lewis Dear Jr. faces more than 100 criminal charges related to the November siege of a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, which left three dead. Now his attorneys are asking the court to ban Dear from contacting the media.
A transgender student in Virginia sued the local school board, arguing that its policy of mandating that students use bathrooms consistent with their “biological sex” rather than their gender identity was unconstitutional.
The grand jury returned indictments against Daleiden and Merritt on felony charges of tampering with an official government document for purportedly using a fraudulent driver's license to gain access to a Planned Parenthood center in Houston.