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Tracy Wolf

On March 16, 2016 President Obama made his third nomination to the Supreme Court, tapping Merrick Garland, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to be the 113th Supreme Court Justice. Upon the announcement of Garland’s nomination, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center, said, “We welcome President Obama’s selection today of a nominee to fill the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. While we take no position on the nominee of Merrick Garland specifically, we look forward to learning more about his record and fitness...

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LGBT Equality Flags

In the United States, there are over 400 national park sites dedicated to cultural and historic significance. Two thirds of these parks and monuments help our country to commemorate important events, movements, and people that have helped shape our nation’s history. For example, Seneca Falls tells the story of the women’s rights movement, and a national park site in Selma serves to commemorate the civil rights movement of the 1960s. There is however, no national site to help tell the story of the continuing struggle for LGBT rights in the United States.

There is currently a...

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On Wednesday, March 2, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which is arguably the most important abortion case on the Court’s docket in over two decades. This case questions the constitutionality of a Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider (TRAP) law in Texas called HB2, which has caused a majority of abortion providers in the state to close. The two most notable parts of HB2 are that doctors who provide abortion services must obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals no farther than 30 miles away from the clinic, and every health care...

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There are two important cases at the Supreme Court this term that could have major implications for reproductive rights: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and Zubik v. Burwell.

To delve into these issues and what’s at stake at the Court, join the RAC and Women of Reform Judaism for a webinar  on March 16 at 4:00pm ET. The webinar will feature speakers from the RAC, WRJ, and the National Women’s Law Center.

Click here to register for the webinar!

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

This case questions the constitutionality of a Targeted Regulation of Abortion...

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Supreme Court Building

The Supreme Court is in a bit of pre-June term height, having heard numerous important cases with many more to go, handing down some decisions, and continuing to prepare the docket for the rest of this term and the beginning of the next. There are a few cases in particular that we are following because they could significant impact our own social justice priorities: racial justice, reproductive rights, religious freedom and labor rights. To get caught up, here is a roundup of the cases we’re following this Supreme Court term:

The Contraceptive Coverage Requirement for Religious Non-... Read More