Anna Nicole Smith takes on the Supreme Court

I have to admit, I never thought I would be using the name "Anna Nicole Smith" in the same sentence as "Supreme Court." Law blogger, Ann Althouse, reflects on the case and ultimately decides the legal issue at stake is rather "boring" although the individual justices made the whole affair much more interesting by seemingly siding with Anna Nicole. Add to that the fact that the President himself sided with her legal position and sent the Assistant Solicitor General to argue on behalf of her legal claim plus the legions of paparazzi outside the Court trying to get pictures of Anna Nicole's outfit (and perhaps other things, *ahem*) and you have a slightly less boring case. ...more

Founders of Black History Month Honor Civil Rights Icon Dorothy Height

On Saturday, February 25, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History held its 80th annual Black History Month Luncheon. This year's black history theme is "Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Institutions." ...more

Around the Dial: "And so it begins..." The Supreme Court will review a late-term abortion procedure - Part 3

The concluding post in a three-part series covering the response to the latest political news that the Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of banning a late-term abortion procedure. I've stretched the parameters to include the recent South Dakota news; both news items are, of course, related. ...more

South Dakota Law Just the First of Many to Challenge Roe v. Wade

South Dakota may be the first state to achieve recognition for it's recent full frontal assault on Roe v. Wade, but there are others states lined up with similar laws that are pending legislative approval: ...more

Yes nellenelle- there is sort of a double standard when it comes to reproduction, choice and ...more

Around the Dial: "And so it begins..." The Supreme Court will review a late-term abortion procedure - Part 2

Part two of a three-part "Around the Dial" series covering the feminist response to the Supreme Court's decision to review the constitutionality of a late-term abortion procedure. Liza Sabater of community-blog Culture Kitchen, The New Civil War: South Dakota bans abortion: "I'm back from Amsterdam people… and I'm not happy." ...more

...that we're fighting this battle in 2006. Sad. Very sad. But, as long as there are women, ...more

Around the Dial: South Dakota, Summers resigns, Science, and VW

"Are you super-connected?" Switch on the feminist blog wires with this latest issue of "around the dial". South Dakota's state abortion ban Jill of team-blog Feministe: "[The legislation] offers no exception for the pregnant woman's health - if giving birth is going to cause massive kidney damage which will likely kill her after childbirth, no exception. If giving birth is going to force doctors to perform a hysterectomy, no exception. If the fetus has such a severe birth defect that it will die before, during or immediately after birth, no exception…" ...more

The assertion is that "a woman may think she wants to end a pregnancy, may even feel ...more

Around the Dial: "And so it begins..." The Supreme Court will review a late-term abortion procedure - Part 1

This three-part series will cover the response to the latest political news that the Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of banning a late-term abortion procedure. A mix of well-known and not so well-known feminist blogs will be included. Shakespeare's Sister, And so it begins...: "The big question, of course, is what is the point of ramming through this legislation without a provision that allows it in cases where the mother's life it as risk? And the obvious answer is that anti-choicers don't trust women and their doctors to make that decision honestly-a position which pulls back the curtain on their 'pro-life' Emerald City and reveals the contempt for life they actually have, in spite of their claims to the contrary. Only a person who has no respect whatsoever for human life could assume that women would invoke this rationale to terminate a pregnancy for no good reason, that expectant mothers who carry a pregnancy nearly to term would suddenly and randomly change their minds, with as much forethought as one might give to rearranging the living room furniture." ...more

You're welcome Suzanne. Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts, especially as someone ...more

Walmart Forced to Stock Emergency Contraception in MA

Walmart has been put on notice that it needs to start stocking emergency contraception (also known as 'Plan B') in all of it's Massachusetts stores which offer pharmacy services. Until now, Walmart only offered emergency contraception in it's Illinois stores and only because just as in MA, it was required under law to start doing so. ...more

Target Sued Over Inaccessible Site

Emily of Emily's World points us to a blog post about a lawsuit filed against Target over an inaccessible web site.    "A blind UC Berkeley student has filed a class-action lawsuit against Target Corp., saying the retailer is committing civil-rights violations because its web site is inaccessible to those who cannot see. "  She is wondering what people think about this case? ...more

Cheney Speaks Out About Shooting

The shooting/hunting incident involving Dick Cheney continues to be the story of the day, helped along by the fact that the Vice President decided to break his much-ridiculed silence and grant an exclusive [pre-taped] interview to Fox News' Brit Hume. ...more

Some blogs are really going into CSI mode and trying to figure out the missing pieces of the ...more

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