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.
As is obvious from my byline, I am a man. I’ve never had an abortion or been involved with a woman who had one. But as a 16-year-old kid growing up in Chicago, I helped arrange and implement an illegal abortion in a country where no constitutional right to an abortion then existed. A Supreme Court decision expected any day may decide whether young people today may soon have a similar experience.
Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court selection, failed to persuade Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley during a private meeting on Tuesday to hold confirmation hearings on his nomination.