U.S. Supreme Court

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Supreme Court decision limiting access to abortion could harm the economy and women’s well-being

BY: - December 8, 2021

By Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore The Supreme Court on Dec. 1, 2021, heard oral arguments in a case that may result in a ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade. But reproductive health isn’t just about abortions, despite all the attention the procedures get. It’s also about access to family planning services, contraception, sex education […]

U.S. Supreme Court considers new limits on abortions in Mississippi case

BY: and - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is weighing potentially sweeping changes to the right to an abortion, after two hours of arguments Wednesday morning on a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court’s conservatives, who hold a 6-3 majority, appeared through their questions to be sympathetic to Mississippi’s arguments that its […]

Protestors rally at Supreme Court as justices hear landmark abortion case

BY: - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Lucia Ruta remembers a time when abortions were illegal. A native of Washington, D.C., she says she received an abortion in a back alley when she was 16, in the 1960s. “The doctor told me that if I made as so much a whimper, he was going to stop and kick me out,” […]

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Supreme Court could alter Roe v. Wade by redefining when a fetus becomes a person

BY: - November 23, 2021

Since the Supreme Court recognized a constitutional right to abortion almost 50 years ago, a powerful legal movement has sought to overturn the ruling, while abortion rights advocates have fought to protect it. On Dec. 1, 2021, the court will hear a case many believe will force the conservative justices — who now command a […]

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Why are medieval weapons laws at the center of a US Supreme Court case?

BY: - November 18, 2021

By Jennifer Tucker, Wesleyan University In the opening scene of “The Last Duel,” the new film set in 14th-century France, a herald announces the rules for conduct at a tournament to the death. He declares that no members of the public – whatever their social background – are allowed to bring weapons to the event. […]

House Dems ask why federal judges hired law clerk alleged to have sent racist text

BY: - November 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee are urging the chief justice of the Supreme Court to investigate decisions by federal judges in Georgia and Alabama to hire a law clerk who allegedly has “a history of nakedly racist and hateful conduct.” The letter says the Democrats have “grave concern” about the […]

CVS sometimes forces people to use its pharmacies. Now the Supreme Court will weigh in

BY: - November 5, 2021

It’s a practice long complained of in Ohio. CVS Health and other massive corporations often use their pharmacy middleman subsidiaries to force people to get the most expensive class of drugs from the businesses’ own mail-order pharmacies. Some call the practice “patient steering.” CVS and companies such as UnitedHealth and ExpressScripts/Cigna say the arrangements save […]

Supreme Court justices skeptical about New York gun law

BY: - November 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court expressed skepticism Wednesday after listening to two hours of oral arguments on a New York law that imposes strict limits on carrying a gun outside the home — a case that will test how far states can go when crafting their own laws. In New York State […]

Near total abortion ban proposed in Ohio mimics Texas law but goes further

BY: - November 2, 2021

A new abortion ban bill created in conjunction with a Virginia-based anti-abortion group has been introduced in Ohio that mimics a Texas law currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, but goes further by proposing to ban nearly all abortions. State Rep. Jena Powell, R-Arcanum, introduced House Bill 480 on Tuesday, which allows civil lawsuits against […]

State redistricting stumbles amidst familiar partisan infighting

BY: - October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — New political maps will shape elections in state legislatures and Congress for a decade, but this year’s round of redistricting is already crumbling into partisanship and court challenges not just in Ohio, but multiple states. Hopes were high initially. Advocates in several states pushed measures over the last few years that they hoped […]

How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the U.S.

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care. But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border. The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana was reeling from the destruction […]

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The Supreme Court’s immense power may pose a danger to its legitimacy

BY: - October 6, 2021

By Richard L. Pacelle, Jr., University of Tennessee The first Monday in October is the traditional day that the U.S. Supreme Court convenes for its new term. Analysts and soothsayers carefully read the signals and forecast the direction the court will take. This year the scrutiny seems a little more intense, as the court takes […]