Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor began yesterday with a sense of predictability and inevitability within the Senate chambers. Calls by Senators for respectful review of and debate on Sotomayor’s candidacy during the hearings, were, however, not heeded by members of the far right in the media, and distortion of her statements continues in the Senate and in the press.
Norma McCorvey, the “Roe” in Roe v. Wade, was arrested at the confirmation hearing of Sonia Sotomayor among a wave of anti-abortion protesters who lined the sidewalks outside the Senate office buildings.
The justices who evaluated Ricci are not “raceless,” yet no one suggests their whiteness influences their views on racial inequality. Sotomayor, though, is branded a "racist" because she voted to uphold a lower court decision based on well-established legal theory.
The Supreme Court has reversed the Second Circuit ruling in Ricci vs. DeStefano, the case in which white firefighters have argued that they had been discriminated against when a promotional exam on which no African-American firefighters scored highly enough to be promoted was discarded.
File this under “Phew”: the Supreme Court ruled today that the strip search of an Arizona high school student was unconstitutional.
Will the Senate Judiciary Committee ask Sotomayor about her position on Roe‘s role in protecting all the rights of pregnant women?
Charges that racism and sexism might influence Judge Sotomayor’s decision-making are a proxy for the far right’s concerns about her positions on choice, discrimination, and immigration rights.
Obama, Sotomayor agree on “unenumerated rights;” British health department fights releasing details of late-term abortions publicly.
In her reader diary, Julie Hollar writes, The New York Times demonstrates how not to report on reproductive rights groups’ reaction to the Sotomayor nomination: by going to anti-choice activists to frame the story.
Where does Sotomayor stand on abortion rights?; Oklahoma bans sex-selective abortions.