Warren Calls for Supreme Court to Be Bound to Ethics Code Amidst Leak Allegation

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) has called for the implementation of stricter ethics rules governing Supreme Court justices after explosive testimony from a former conservative activist revealed that certain right-wing justices had maintained close relationships with conservative evangelical groups over the course of decades. On Thursday, evangelical minister Robert Schenck testified… Source Source / Read More: Warren Calls for Supreme Court to Be Bound to Ethics Code Amidst Leak Allegation

Right-Wing Groups Have Funneled $90M in Dark Money to “Moore v. Harper” Backers

Organizations supporting a fringe right-wing theory in a case currently before the Supreme Court that could mean the end of democracy as it’s known in the U.S. have received tens of millions of dollars from conservative dark money groups, a new report has found. According to research by Accountable.US, over the past six years, right-wing dark money groups have given nearly $90 million to five… Source Source / Read More: Right-Wing Groups Have Funneled $90M in Dark Money to “Moore v. Harper” Backers

Redistricting Has Reduced the Power of Native Voters

This story was originally published by Indian Country Today The Native vote has become increasingly influential, with the ability to determine whole elections in several states across the country. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski often credits her win to the Alaska Native vote. The Native vote swung the election for U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola, Sen. Jon Tester in Montana, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, said Jacqueline De León, staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund in a briefing panel Oct. 13. During the 2020 presidential election, the Native vote in Arizona came out to give President Joe Biden…

More Than Two Dozen Abortion Clinics Closed in the First 100 Days Post-Roe

This story was originally published by The 19th Twenty-six abortion clinics have shut down since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, per a new analysis from the Guttmacher Institute, cutting off access not only to abortion, but critical health services. And researchers say the number of clinics that shutter will only grow as abortion bans stay in effect. The analysis looked at states where total or six-week abortion bans are being enforced. As of October 2 — the 100-day mark since Roe’s overturn — 66 clinics had stopped providing abortions, according to the report, including some in states where…

Ocasio-Cortez Says Men Must Speak Up in Fight for Abortion Rights

In a candid interview published on Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) opened up about her experience being sexually assaulted and discussed what must be done in order for the fight for abortion rights to succeed. Ocasio-Cortez spoke to GQ about the days following the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade, including her decision when the ruling was handed down to join protesters in D.C. and speak to the crowds about her personal experience being raped. As Democrats bizarrely sang “God Bless America” on the Capitol steps at a press conference for a gun reform bill shortly after Dobbs…

Abortion Shakes Up Attorneys General Races, Exposes Limits to Their Powers

As the country grapples with states’ newfound power to regulate abortion in the aftermath of this summer’s U.S. Supreme Court decision, state attorney general candidates are staking claims on what they’ll do to fight or defend access to abortion — and that’s attracting cash and votes. “By pretty much every indicator there is in a campaign, the Dobbs decision has energized and supercharged our race,” said Kris Mayes, a Democrat running for attorney general in Arizona. “People are outraged about this, and you can feel it in the air.” But they aren’t the only ones who may be testing the…

Sanders: “It Is Absolutely Imperative” for Progressives to Not Back Down

In the wake of a tumultuous few months that have seen the revocation of federal abortion rights and the passage of a major climate and fossil fuel bill, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is encouraging progressives to keep fighting, despite the enormous and seemingly insurmountable challenges facing the country. In an interview with Teen Vogue published on Thursday, Sanders told young progressives that political transformation and social justice only come after long periods of struggle in which ordinary people put in the work to fight for revolutionary change. The country is creeping toward corporate oligarchy, he said, citing major corruption in…

Data Shows States With Strictest Abortion Bans Have Higher Rate of Child Poverty

A new analysis finds that states that have implemented abortion bans following far right Supreme Court justices’ overturn of Roe v. Wade also tend to have the worst levels of parental support in terms of poverty rates, rates of insured people and health outcomes. NPR reports that the 14 states with abortion bans are among the states with the highest rates of child poverty, people living in maternal health care deserts and women who are uninsured. Nine states that are in the process of passing bans, or that have passed bans that ended up being blocked by a judge or…

Approval of Supreme Court Among Democrats Has Hit Rock Bottom at 13 Percent

The Supreme Court’s approval rating has hit a record low among Democrats following a slew of rulings handed down by the far right Court in recent months, new polling finds. A Gallup poll released on Tuesday, conducted just after the Supreme Court’s most recent session ended, finds that a mere 13 percent of Democrats approve of the Supreme Court’s job performance. This figure is down 23 points from September, shortly after the Court declined to overturn Texas’s restrictive abortion ban, and down 38 points from 51 percent approval from Democrats in July 2021, before the most recent session began. The…

Child Support Is Bad Because It Encourages Abortions, GOP Lawmaker Says

During debate over a dangerous near-total abortion ban that West Virginia lawmakers advanced on Friday, an anti-abortion Republican lawmaker in the state House brazenly argued that child support requirements are harmful, falsely claiming that they fuel abortion rates. Republican Del. Chris Pritt said on the floor of the legislature that, if a man gets a woman pregnant, he may encourage or force a woman to get an abortion because of the possibility that he would have to pay child support if the fetus were carried to term. Thus, Pritt argued, child support is inconsistent with an anti-abortion ideology. “Let’s say…

Texas Republican Seeks to Limit HIV Medication Access After Winning Abortion Ban

A prominent conservative lawyer who crafted the Texas bounty hunter anti-abortion law that kickstarted the judicial path to overturning Roe v. Wade has filed a new lawsuit aimed at limiting access to preventative HIV medications known as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Jonathan Mitchell, a former Republican solicitor general of Texas and now-private lawyer who has spent years seeking to restrict abortion access, same sex marriage and same sex intercourse, argues in his new lawsuit on behalf of Christian clients that free access to PrEP, as mandated under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a violation of religious freedoms. The…

AOC Calls for Congress to Strip Supreme Court of Its Ability to Rule on Abortion

As stories of the vast amounts of suffering caused by abortion bans are piling up, a group of House Democrats is calling on congressional leaders to support a push to strip the Supreme Court of its ability to rule on abortion — as well as marriage equality, sex and contraception — altogether. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), Mondaire Jones (D-New York) and eight others sent a letter to Democratic leaders this week, asking them to lend their support to the idea. They say that the move is crucial — not only to potentially protect abortion rights, but also to protect…