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Sotomayor, Obama, and Empathy

Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor is the latest event in an interesting conflict between the President and conservatives. As a candidate, Obama was diplomatic, and as a President, he is adept at articulating and advancing policy without incensing opponents.

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2008 Democratic Candidates Mighty Debate

Our illustrious Democratic candidates debated last night. Predictably all opposed the Supreme Court ruling but where are the proactive strategies for ensuring women's reproductive rights?

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Doctors’ Reactions to the Federal Abortion Ban

Physicians are full of questions about how the Supreme Court's ruling will affect them and their patients. This decision endangers women's health and makes it harder for physicians to provide the best possible care to women.

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Hell Hath No Fury like an Entire Female Population Scorned

The Supreme Court has effectively unfurled the judicial equivalent of a banner reading "Bring it on, Roe haters!" by upholding the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003; we can expect even more state-level restrictions in the months and years to come. Meanwhile, Nicaragua women are suffering from that country's total abortion ban—36 women have died from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes so far in 2007.

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Supreme Court: “Our Women Need Protectin’”

Who's your daddy? Apparently, Justices Alito, Roberts, Thomas, Scalia and Kennedy are.

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Pro-Choice Leaders Push Legislative Justice

The Freedom of Choice Act is being re-introduced, sponsored by Rep. Jerold Nadler, Senator Barbara Boxer and others, in light of the Supreme Court decision stomping on women's- well – freedom of choice.

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Judicial Activism Bush Style

Time and again, the battle cry of “judicial activism” has rallied the conservative troops. These words have been used to motivate the right-wing base to turn out for votes, and they have been used to demean an entire branch of government. President Bush and his staff have often raised concerns about “activist courts”.

Meanwhile, in some alternate universe… The new make up of the Supreme Court had led the Bush Administration to push for some judicial activism of its own. The Administration doesn’t like an earlier Supreme Court decision – or the decisions from two different appeals courts – on cases related to what they call “partial-birth abortion” (though that term has no medical definition…but that is another story for another time). In the past the Supreme Court said that women have a right to have an abortion to protect their own health. But now that the Administration has gotten some of its own nominees on the Supreme Court, it seems that the time is ripe for one more attempt to get their kind of judicial activism – that is, to overturn a precedent.

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