(JTA) — The Supreme Court’s three Jewish justices missed the start of the new term due to Rosh Hashanah. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan were not present on the opening day on Monday. Federal law requires the court to open on the first Monday in October. The session lasted only about five…
The absence of a ninth justice will continue to compromise the ability of the highest court to fully do its job.
National Council of Jewish Women Nancy K. Kaufman says the Senate has a duty to act on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, and the country will suffer if they fail to do so.
With no legal reason to prevent her from weighing in on electoral politics, Justice Ginsburg may well have decided that the moral imperative to speak out in the face of injustice trumped the ethical norms of her profession as a judge, says Sammie Moshenberg.
Ginsburg said the Senate has an obligation to hold hearings and a vote on the nomination. Garland was nominated in March but the Senate has yet to hold a hearing on his credentials.
Several national Jewish organizations applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Monday striking down a Texas law that restricted access to abortion.
Millions of immigrant families are left in limbo after the Supreme Court failed Thursday to reach a decision on the legality of President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration, some Jewish groups say.
I recall sitting on the bed next to my mother during her final days, watching the Senate confirmation hearing of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. My mom commented how happy she was that she had lived to see women in such positions of power and respect, as well as how relieved she was that in her lifetime abortion became legal and safe. I was surprised by the latter comment. Nearly 40 years ago, when she discovered that I had an abortion as a law school student, she was furious and denounced me. It was just a few years after the landmark Roe v. Wade decision and abortions still had a deep stigma of shame, as did the underlying reason for my abortion – premarital sex.
Inspired by the moving teen abortion tale of 1960s Chicago readers wrote in to tell us how the story resonated with their own experiences.