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Interim Stat Pack for October Term 2019

With the 2019-2020 Supreme Court term coming to a close, the discussion among court-watchers continues to focus on Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision-making. Much has been made of his siding with the more liberal justices in striking down a Louisiana abortion law in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo and upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (at least temporarily) in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. Roberts’ positions in these c...
Tags: Health, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Hawaii, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, King, Trump, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Roberts, Ginsburg


Symposium: The chief justice restores the Casey standard even while undermining women’s interests in Louisiana

Erika Bachiochi is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute. Follow her at @erikabachiochi. In comparison to the high court’s bombshell opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County earlier this month, June Medical Services v. Russo would seem relatively straightforward. The challenged admitting privileges requirement for Louisiana abortion providers is virtually the same as the law struck down in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt just four year...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Planned Parenthood, Court, Louisiana, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Thomas, John Roberts, Richard Posner, Roberts, Alito, Clayton County, Casey


Opinion analysis: With Roberts providing the fifth vote, court strikes down Louisiana abortion law (Updated)

Four years ago, by a vote of 5-3, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that (among other things) required doctors who perform abortions to have the right to admit patients at a nearby hospital. In that case, Justice Anthony Kennedy joined his four more liberal colleagues in holding that, although Texas has a genuine interest in protecting the health of pregnant women, there was no evidence that the law actually did anything to promote that interest – but it did make it more difficult for wo...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Planned Parenthood, New Orleans, Louisiana, Kennedy, Thomas, John Roberts, Roberts, Baton Rouge, District Court, Alito, U S Court of Appeals


With Roberts’ Assist, SCOTUS Strikes Down Restrictive Louisiana Abortion Law

On Monday, the Supreme Court delivered a win for abortion rights activists by striking down a clinic restriction law out of Louisiana. It was a five to four decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberals in a concurring decision.  Justice Stephen Breyer, writing for the majority, called the law “almost word-for-word identical” to a Texas law the Court struck down in 2016. The Court found that that “the law offers no significant health benefit” and that it will “make it im...
Tags: Health, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Court, Abortion, Louisiana, Donald Trump, John Roberts, Roberts, Roe, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Hellerstedt, Whole Woman 's Health


Senator Chuck Schumer: Caretaker Of Government Attacks Justices Gorsuch & Kavanaugh

Opinion New York – -(AmmoLand.com)- “I want to tell you, Gorsuch; I want to tell you, Kavanaugh: You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions. We will tell President Trump and Senate Republicans who have stacked the court with right-wing ideologues that you’re gonna be gone in November, and you will never be able to do what you’re trying to do now ever, ever again!” Schumer, speaking at a pro-Abortion ra...
Tags: Health, Chuck, UK, New York, Texas, Justice, Guns, Washington Post, Senate, Court, US, America, Cnn, United States, United Kingdom, New York Times


Schumer Claims Conservative Supreme Court Justices Will ‘Pay the Price’ If They Rule against Abortion Advocates

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday warned Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh that they will "pay the price" if they take a position he disagrees with in deciding a case that addresses the credentials required for doctors who perform abortions.“I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Schumer told a cheering crowd of abortion-rights advocates in front of the Supreme Court."You won&...
Tags: Health, New York, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Republicans, Senate, Louisiana, Musgrave, Jackson, National Review, Schumer, Chuck Schumer, Kavanaugh, Russo, Susan B Anthony List


SCOTUS Liberals Take Last Stand In The Face Of Almost Certain Abortion Case Defeat

The liberal contingent of the Supreme Court sounded off during Wednesday’s oral arguments about the legality of Louisiana’s abortion regulation law, which is nearly identical to a Texas law the court struck down two years ago. What’s changed since then is the composition of the Court, which has shifted to the right since Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 2018 departure. Kennedy had joined the liberals in ruling against the Texas law in the 2016 case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.  But Wedn...
Tags: Health, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Abortion, Louisiana, Department Of Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Madison, Wall, Kennedy, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Ginsburg, Alito, Roe


The Supreme Court Is Hearing a New Case on Abortion. The Decision Could Impact Women for a Generation

Kathaleen Pittman likes to leave the door of her office at Hope Medical Group for Women open at the end of the day. That way she can watch patients leave after their abortions, and absorb the palpable sense of relief in the clinic’s hallways. “Being able to see them before the procedure, after the procedure, and just have them say how grateful they are that they were able to make it in when they did, that just can make all the difference in the world,” Pittman says. “Aside from the crazines...
Tags: Health, Texas, Hope, News, Supreme Court, Uncategorized, Alabama, New York Times, New Orleans, Abortion, Nebraska, Louisiana, Jackson, Republican, Donald Trump, Pew Research Center


Argument preview: Abortion debate returns to the Roberts Court

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post ran on January 27, 2020, as an introduction to this blog’s symposium on June Medical Services v. Russo, as well as at Howe on the Court, where it was originally published. When he ran for president in 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump promised that, if elected, he would appoint “pro-life” Supreme Court justices, which would result in the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision establishing a woman’s right to an abortion. In the three ...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Court, Idaho, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Center For Reproductive Rights, Kennedy, Trump, Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts


Symposium: June Medical Services – An opportunity to reject invasive appellate review

Fadwa Hammoud is the solicitor general of the state of Michigan, which joined an amicus brief on behalf of the petitioner in June Medical Services v. Gee. Many articles concerning June Medical Services v. Gee attempt to read the tea leaves regarding the future of abortion rights in light of the newer members of the Supreme Court, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. And rightfully so, given the effect that the court’s composition can have on American life. But I will leave the tasseography...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Michigan, Louisiana, DOE, Anderson, Cooper, Baton Rouge, U S Court of Appeals, Hellerstedt, 5th Circuit, Medical Services, June Medical Services


‘Hanging by a Thread’: Democrats and the Abortion Case That Could Signal the Beginning of the End

The air was warmer than usual and spirits were high at Friday's March for Life in Washington, D.C., as pro-life demonstrators gathered across the National Mall to protest abortion and express support for mothers and their unborn children.The marchers, many of them teenagers and women with small children who had trekked long distances to be there, had good reason for their smiling enthusiasm. This year's 47th annual march followed a year of wins for the pro-life movement, including severa...
Tags: Health, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Washington, National Mall, Louisiana, Jackson, Democratic, Democratic Party, National Review, John Bel Edwards, Anthony Kennedy, Hellerstedt, Susan B Anthony List, Louisiana House of Representatives


Symposium: Abortion debate returns to the Roberts Court

When he ran for president in 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump promised that, if elected, he would appoint “pro-life” Supreme Court justices, which would result in the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision establishing a woman’s right to an abortion. In the three years since taking office, Trump has put two new justices on the bench: Justice Neil Gorsuch, who filled the vacancy created after the February 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was ...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Court, Idaho, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Center For Reproductive Rights, Kennedy, Trump, Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts


On the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Advocates Grapple With Abortion Restrictions

Forty-seven years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, establishing the legality of abortion nationwide. But as another case about abortion heads to a significantly more conservative Supreme Court this year, reproductive rights advocates and health care providers say they are preparing for a world in which the landmark 1973 decision is either significantly weakened or overturned. “We’re at a moment where the threat is imminent for the country,” Alexis McGill Johnson, ac...
Tags: Health, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Planned Parenthood, Uncategorized, Alabama, West Virginia, Atlanta, Abortion, Louisiana, Medicaid, Trump, Abortion Rights


Defining True Self-Care

You're reading Defining True Self-Care, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Once upon a time, the idea of self-care was a foreign concept. Then, it came into our consciousness and quickly pervaded our waking thoughts. Now, people point to everything they do for themselves as self-care. Doing so might be one incredibly broad way of looking at it, but it doesn't define what true self...
Tags: Psychology, Wellness, Google, Featured, Supreme Court, Lifehacks, Health And Fitness, Self Improvement, Pickthebrain, Self-care, Brett Kavanaugh, Jennifer Landis


Symposium: The “intensely factual” question of physicians’ admitting privileges

Robin Fretwell Wilson is the Roger & Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and Director of the Epstein Health Law & Policy Program at the University of Illinois College of Law. Last month I lost someone close to me after an infection that began as double pneumonia ravaged her body. In the space of a day, a mother of nine in the prime of her life slipped away. It was so improbable. So permanent. And if that loss was not tragedy enough, the husband she left behind contracted MRSA, an antibiotic-resista...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Cdc, America, Catholic, Louisiana, DOE, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, U S Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh, Hellerstedt, 5th Circuit, Louisiana Texas


Symposium: June Medical should be summarily reversed

Jonathan B. Miller is Chief of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of the Massachusetts Attorney General or the Office. June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee potentially presents an opportunity for the newest lineup of the Supreme Court, including Justice Brett Kavanaugh, to revisit constitutional protection of abortion. In a move that surprised many, the justices stayed the U.S. ...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Massachusetts, Citizens United, Medicare, Louisiana, Trump, John Roberts, Centers for Medicare, Medicaid Services, U S Court of Appeals, Federal Election Commission, Bullock


Symposium: On a petition that does not exist

Kyle Hawkins is the solicitor general of Texas. SCOTUSblog has asked me to assess whether the Supreme Court should grant a cert petition that does not exist. That petition, should it ever come to be, would probably be styled June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee, though we can’t be 100 percent sure until we see it. It presumably would be about a Louisiana law that, operating within the confines of the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, requires abortion providers t...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Louisiana, U S Court of Appeals, Casey, Hellerstedt, 5th Circuit, Merits Cases, Whole Woman 's Health, Southeastern Pa, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Brett Kavanaugh, Kyle Hawkins


Symposium: In the Louisiana abortion case, maybe the best defense is a good offense

Michael C. Dorf is the Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell University. He blogs at  dorfonlaw.org . Chief Justice John Roberts surprised some observers when he joined his four more liberal colleagues to grant a stay of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in . The stay blocked Louisiana’s law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The petitioners argued that the Louisiana law was substantially similar to the Tex...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Senate, Court, Mitch McConnell, Nebraska, Knox, Louisiana, SEIU, Cornell University, Trump, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts


Symposium: Undue burden, balancing test or bright line? Court should take the Louisiana admitting-privileges case to clarify the meaning of Whole Woman’s Health

Catherine Glenn Foster is the president and chief executive officer of Americans United for Life. The U.S. Supreme Court’s last pronouncement on abortion came in 2016, in the jurisprudential netherworld between the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch. Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt invalidated portions of Texas’ HB 2, including a requirement that doctors performing abortions maintain patient-admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their ...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Planned Parenthood, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Scalia, The Supreme Court, Baton Rouge, U S Court of Appeals, Stephen Breyer


Symposium: The rule of law is at stake — the Supreme Court must take June Medical Services v. Gee and uphold the right to abortion

Fatima Goss Graves is the president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center. June Medical Services v. Gee – the outrageous decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upholding an anti-abortion Louisiana law – is not just a threat to access to healthcare, but a blatant disrespect of legal precedent and the rule of law. The Louisiana law is identical to – and in fact was modeled after – a Texas law that the Supreme Court struck down in 2016. If the Supreme Court truly wishes to p...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Louisiana, Roe, U S Court of Appeals, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Hellerstedt, 5th Circuit, Fatima Goss Graves, Whole Woman 's Health, June Medical Services, Brett Kavanaugh


"An affected or simpering smile; a silly, conceited, smiling look."

That's the definition of "smirk" in the (unlinkable) OED. I looked up the word because it was used over and over to refer to the smile on the face of the Covington Catholic schoolboy the media singled out to destroy over the weekend.When is a smile a "smirk"? The dictionary says, when it's affected or simpering or silly and conceited looking.But I'd like a deeper psychological explanation of what is supposed to be in the mind of the smirker and how observers of smiles decide they have a window i...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Law, Virginia, Self-esteem, Wisconsin, Catholic, John, Smiling, Howe, Ruth Graham, Jaltcoh, John Althouse Cohen, Ann Althouse, OED, Brett Kavanaugh


Empirical SCOTUS: If Ginsburg leaves, it could be the liberals’ biggest loss yet – A look back at previous justices replaced with more conservative successors

The saga over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health seems to ebb and flow from the headlines almost daily. Part of the mystery relates to the amount of information shared with the public. We know that, while treating Ginsburg for rib fractures, doctors found malignant lesions in her lungs that were promptly removed, and that subsequent tests have shown no evidence of any other cancer. Ginsburg has since missed oral arguments and is reportedly recovering at home while keeping current with the cour...
Tags: Health, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Planned Parenthood, Washington Post, Kentucky, White House, Politico, Barack Obama, Indiana, Austin, United States, Kansas, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Morning Docket: 12.31.18

* Michael Cohen: The Movie? Cooley Law's most infamous graduate could soon be on the big screen, because Trump's former lawyer/fixer and soon-to-be federal inmate was seen meeting “Pulp Fiction” and “Inglourious Basterds” producer Lawrence Bender. [Page Six] * Judge Reed O’Connor has stayed his ill-conceived ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional since many people have already purchased their health insurance plans. Gee thanks, Your Honor. How considerate! [National Law Journal...
Tags: Money, Supreme Court, Law, Mental Health, Affordable Care Act, Associated Press, Kevin Spacey, Women's Issues, Constitutional Law, Health & Wellness, Trump, John Roberts, Michael Cohen, Roberts, Mueller, Baltimore Maryland


Walking the Tightrope of Anger

If nothing else was evident in the recent hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh (regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum) was that he verbalized quite vociferously the emotional state he was in. To even the most obtuse observer, the vocabulary he used, his choice of words, the decibel level at which he spoke, his facial expressions and the energy he radiated, made it clear that he was not in control of his emotions. Anger was running the show. What he was experiencing could be ref...
Tags: Psychology, Stress, Anger Management, Npr, Anger, Frustration, Women's Issues, Rebecca Traister, Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi, Soraya Chemaly, Arun Gandhi, Daniel Goleman, Minding the Media, Brett Kavanaugh, Disillusionment


The Appeal of Benevolent Sexism

Stories of sexual abuse and allegations have been front and center in our news for a while now. From the Me Too movement to the Catholic Church abuse cases to the recent Kavanaugh Hearings, we are faced with the harsh reality of how common sexual abuse really is in our society. But we are starting to talk about it and that is a good thing. My heart goes out to all those whose lives have been affected by sexual abuse. For many well-meaning men and women, these times are fraught with tensi...
Tags: Psychology, Ptsd, Trauma, Catholic Church, Prejudice, Women's Issues, Stigma, Men's Issues, Social Psychology, Ethics & Morality, Minding the Media, Stereotyping, Brett Kavanaugh, MeToo, Flattery, Kavanaugh Hearings


"Advice From a Formerly Lonely College Student/Last fall, I made a viral video about having trouble making friends. Here’s what I’ve learned."

A NYT op-ed by Emery Bergmann, a Cornell sophomore who made this video when she was a freshman:I like the way in the video she reads a NYT op-ed and — a year later — she's writing a NYT op-ed. The op-ed she's reading is "The Real Campus Scourge" by Frank Bruni (September 3, 2017). The "real campus scourge" is loneliness. What was the "unreal" campus scourge? I can't help thinking: rape. Bergmann's viral video shows her as a freshman imagining that other students were having so much fun together,...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Drinking, Nyt, Viral Video, Cornell, Solitude, Frank Bruni, Kavanaugh, Bruni, Ann Althouse, Bergmann, Brett Kavanaugh, Emery Bergmann, Christine Blasey Ford


California teacher explains consent to third-graders with a simple chart

With the recent news about the #MeToo movement and sexual misconduct allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the term "consent" has become part of the national dialogue.
Tags: Health, California, Brett Kavanaugh


Yeacher explains consent to third-graders with a simple chart

With the recent news about the #MeToo movement and sexual misconduct allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the term "consent" has become part of the national dialogue.
Tags: Health, Brett Kavanaugh, Yeacher


"Physical assault definitely violates most society's [sic] idea of a moral order, which perhaps explains why aggression plays some kind of role in most humor."

"Freud theorized that humor serves as a way to dissipate sexual or aggressive tension in a socially acceptable way. Thomas Hobbes argues in the Leviathan that laughter arises from feeling superior, and that it's an extension of a feeling of 'sudden glory' arising from recognizing someone else's comparative defect or weakness.... The brain gets its wires crossed when confronted by someone else getting hurt. As a pain-filled situation unfolds, a witness doesn't experience the negative emotional va...
Tags: Psychology, Comedy, Law, Sex, Homosexuality, Snl, Testicles, The Simpsons, Freud, Homer Simpson, Chuck Schumer, Joe Manchin, Hobbes, Meade, Thomas Hobbes, Ann Althouse


'I feel outraged, exhausted and betrayed': Kavanaugh nomination – the feminist response

Leading feminists discuss Kavanaugh’s likely confirmation to the supreme court – and what’s next for American womenWeeks of protest and dramatic days of testimony and speeches on Capitol Hill have brought the US to the point where ultra-conservative federal judge Brett Kavanaugh is now poised to join the supreme court. Even Donald Trump said the woman who accused him of attempted rape, California university professor Christine Blasey Ford, was credible when she gave her raw but precise testimony...
Tags: Health, Gender, Activism, Law, Congress, California, Women, US, America, Society, World news, US news, US politics, Abortion, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump



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