You need to know about Ohio’s new abortion bill that would ban abortion at six weeks, before many women even know they’re pregnant

North Dakota and Arkansas passed similar bills that were later struck down as incompatible with Roe v. Wade; the Supreme Court declined to hear any appeals, sending the signal that an Ohio law would meet the same fate. But Ohio’s conservative lawmakers see an opening after Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election last month. 

Six Questions Senators Should Ask Neil Gorsuch
Gorsuch would likely duck these questions, but posing them would be useful in reminding the public about the stakes and content of Supreme Court debates.

Senators love to talk. It’s listening that they can’t abide. Here are six short questions for them to avoid the Joe Biden Problem: talking for 24 of the 30 minutes allotted.

it’s so humorous to me that the republicans keep complaining about how the dems are “being petty” or whatever for wanting to fully vet trumps cabinet like they didn’t defy the constitution and willfully block obama’s supreme court nominee hearing for over a year
BREAKING: Supreme Court will rule on transgender rights in Gavin Grimm's case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine once and for all whether transgender students have the right to use affirming school bathrooms and other spaces.

Earlier this year, a school district in Virginia challenged federal regulations that state trans students must have access to bathrooms that match their gender identity. They didn’t let Gavin Grimm, a trans student, use the men’s bathroom, and so Gavin is suing with the ACLU.

From USA Today:

“But 23 states, including North Carolina and Texas, have challenged the administration’s right to interpret its own regulations without legislative action or judicial review. And several conservative justices have argued in the past that agencies have no such power.

The justices in August blocked the lower court’s ruling from taking effect while they considered hearing the case. By agreeing to do so now, they likely are hoping that a ninth justice will be confirmed by the time the case is heard. But with Senate Republicans blocking President Obama’s nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland, that is far from guaranteed.

If the court goes forward with only eight justices, it could produce a tie vote that leaves the lower court’s decision intact. That would be a victory for Grimm and the ACLU, but without national precedent.”

Holy cow. This is huge. Let’s go.

Do you hear the people sing,
Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of the people
Who are climbing to the light.
For the wretched of the earth,
there is a flame that never dies.

…Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.


Finalé, Les Misérables.

Today the Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled that Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, dictator and perpetrator of numerous human rights abuses during his protracted 20-year rule, is legally allowed to be buried in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery), based on the fact that he is a former president and that, ostensibly, he is a veteran/”war hero.”  (This despite lying about his military record.)

Fellow Filipinos, I know it appears that our countrymen have forgotten the last good thing we ever stood for, but in the face of such grievous injustice, I hope we have the courage to keep on going, instead of sinking into apathy.  I know things look bleak, but one day we will inherit this country.  We have the power to fix what is broken in it, or make that broken beautiful.

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade,
Is there a world you long to see?

Do you hear the people sing?
Say do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring
When tomorrow comes.

Tomorrow comes. 

Vive l’avenir.

A destiel AU were Dean and Cas, plus all the gang (Sam, Jess, Charlie, Jo, Ellen, bobby, Rufus, Missouri, Gabe, Balt, Garth, Pam, ash and of course Mary) are all waiting outside of the Supreme Court to hear the verdict about legalizing same-sex marriage in the entire country. They are all holding their rainbow flags, sporting their love is love shirts and holding signs.

When the verdict is announced everyone there breaks in celebration. Cas and Dean immediately hold onto each other, kissing sweetly on the lips and tears streaming on their faces. Everyone is so happy, taking turns to congratulate them and any nearby couple.

Cas reaches for his pocket and tug Dean’s shirt. Dean was hugging Sam . When Dean turns Cas is on his knees and everyone there just hold their breath. Dean and Cas had agreed not to get married until every state made it legal. Dean is in shock, bug eyed, heart beating like taiko drums, eyes glued to Cas’ gorgeous face.

Cas smiles sweetly and holds up the ring, hands sweaty and tremulous.

“Dean Winchester, will you do me the honor of becoming my husband?”

Dean almost choked, passing the flag to Sam next to him without breaking eye contact with his man.

He leaned down close to Cas’s face, warm breath tilling his lips and then smiles “You bet your sexy ass I’ll give you that honor,” he said crashing their lips together.

Cas put the ring on Dean’s ring finger, gummy smile at full force. “Good, because it has been burning a hole in my pocket for more than 5 years,” he whispered. And Dean almost tackled him to the floor.

The end~

What stuns me is how my fellow evangelicals can rally behind a man whose words and actions are so at odds with the central teachings of our faith. They overlook, rationalize and even delight in Mr. Trump’s obsessive name-calling and Twitter attacks, his threats and acts of intimidation, his vindictiveness and casual cruelty (including mocking the disabled and P.O.W.s), all of which masquerade as strength and toughness.

In the Fall of 1969, students of Southwest Texas State University (TXST) protested for the immediate end of the Vietnam War. They were met with opposition, not just from other students, but from school administrators who made it incredibly difficult for them to assemble. Before one of their peaceful, quiet sit-in’s they were told they could only assemble when classes were not in session, meaning only from noon to 1 PM or after 4 PM. The students found this to be unfair and protested anyways. An estimated 70 students took part in the protest, and at one point had as many as 1,000 students halt to observe them. The University called the police and gave activists 3 minutes to all leave. All but 10 did. Those ten, known as the San Marcos 10, were then expelled from the university for one year, and went on to sue the school. They lost the case and the Supreme Court refused to hear it, but their demonstration will always be a huge part of TXST history.

anonymous asked:

Re: the Gavin Grimm case. This case is actually quite significant since the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear it, and thus a ruling in favor of Gavin (and against the school board which filed the appeal) would mean that the Department of Education’s nonsensical position that sex based discrimination includes gender identity would be the law of the land for Title IX purposes. As such, by law, transgender students would be authorized access to the restrooms, locker rooms, dormitories, etc.

2/2: consistent with their gender identity. On a technical note, since there are only eight justices and Neil Gorsuch will not likely be confirmed before oral arguments on March 28, 2017, a 4-4 tie would leave the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in place (in favor of Gavin), but its applicability would not be nationwide. Finally, reports are that the new administration may take an alternate view, which would affect the Grimm case.

Well it’ll be interesting to see if someone takes the genderist logic to task finally. I mean the case is basically: female student considers herself a boy, wants to use boy’s restroom to maintain her boy identity, her family invokes Title IX laws which were introduced primarily to ensure female people have facilities in public buildings…. so their daughter can eschew the girl’s restroom for the boy’s restroom. 

I mean that’s a little ironic. 

Breaking: The Supreme Court will hear case on transgender bathroom rights

The United States Supreme Court will hear the case of 17-year-old Virginia student Gavin Grimm, who is suing the Gloucester School Board for the rights to use the bathroom that matches his gender identity. Grimm is a transgender man. When the case will likely be heard.

Two 9,500-Year-Old Skeletons Found At UC San Diego President's House Will Return To Tribes

In 1976, two human skeletons were found during construction work on the house of the president of UC San Diego. At around 9,500 years old, the skeletons are two of the oldest known in the Americas and therefore important for understanding the population history of the continent. But they are also the physical remains of Native Americans and have been the subject of a decade-long legal battle that appears to have concluded this week when the US Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

The La Jolla skeletons – a male and a female – are around the same age as Kennewick Man, a skeleton who found in Washington in 1996 and who has also been subject to protracted legal battles between scientists who want to study his remains and modern Native Americans who claim him as an ancestor and want to rebury him. The debate about repatriation of Native American remains began decades ago, and was eventually codified into law with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990. Read more.
Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to rule that pharmacies dispense emergency contraception
Alito and other conservative justices say it is an “ominous sign” for religious freedom.

In more good news, SCOTUS also refused to hear the case against Washington state requiring pharmacies to stock emergency contraception, so that law still stands.

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt: The Supreme Court’s Biggest Abortion Case in Decades

TODAY, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case that could redefine abortion access in America. It’s about whether to uphold severe, medically unnecessary restrictions that have already devastated access to safe, legal abortion in Texas. 

If the Court rules later this year to uphold Texas’ draconian anti-abortion law, it would devastate access to abortion in Texas and pave the way for even more states to enact similar laws —  leaving abortion legal in name only for many women. 

What can you do? Add your name to say you oppose deceptive restrictions to safe and legal abortion:

Want to read more about the court case and what it means? Read more here:

We know that these laws have nothing to do with people’s safety. We can fight back, but we need you!

- Thanks, 



On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case that could redefine abortion access in America. It’s about whether to uphold severe, medically unnecessary restrictions that have already devastated access to safe, legal abortion in Texas.

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