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My Interview: Georgetown Law Professor Emma Coleman Jordan

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Upon hearing that President Obama had selected Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter, Myhags turned to Georgetown University Law Professor Emma Coleman Jordan to answer questions about the nomination.

Jordan established the field of economic justice in legal theory, and she is well known for her work in financial services and civil rights. Her most recent book is “Economic Justice: Race, Gender, Identity and Economics.”

Jordan also knows something about Supreme Court confirmations — she was counsel … Read

Political Diagnosis: The Supreme Court Edition

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

For starters, read the My interview with Georgetown University Law Professor Emma Coleman Jordan about Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination.

Coding Sonia Sotomayor: The New York Times today looks at Sotomayor’s direct and challenging questioning from the bench. Since we’re dealing with a female jurist, this is known as her “blunt and testy side.”

The story redeems itself — almost — by quoting Judge Guido Calabresi, a former dean of Yale Law School who taught Sotomayor there and now sits with her on the … Read

Raising Money for Hebrew and Arabic Versions of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” One Step at a Time

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Last month, a marathon in Tel Aviv drew runners raising money for a number of different causes — including an adaptation of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”

Sophie Walsh, a clinical psychologist who moved from London to Tel Aviv in 1994, ran in support of Women and Their Bodies: The Women’s Association for Health Action and Responsibility. Founded in Israel in 2005, Women and Their Bodies (WTB) is an Israeli-Palestinian initiative that is adapting “Our Bodies, Ourselves” into Hebrew and Arabic.

“This version will be up-to-date for … Read

Anti-Shackling Bill Passed by New York State Legislature

By Rachel Walden |

A bill that would prohibit the shackling of pregnant, incarcerated women in labor has passed both the New York state House and Assembly (A03373/SO1290) and is on its way to the governor for a signature.

The bill allows women to be cuffed by one wrist during transfer if they are deemed to be a risk to themselves or others, or a flight risk, but otherwise forbids any mechanical restraint during transport, when a woman is in labor, “admitted to a hospital, institution … Read

California Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

California Supreme Court today upheld Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage, by a vote of  6-1. Lawyers on both sides expected this decision. San Francisco Chronicle staffers are tweeting from outside the California Supreme Court building, where advocates on both sides of the issue have gathered.

As to the question of the legitimacy of the roughly 18,000 same-sex marriages performed before the passage of Proposition 8, those marriages will remain valid under state law.

In May 2008, the same court legalized same-sex marriage. The … Read

Obama Selects Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

From The New York Times:

President Obama has decided to nominate the federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, choosing a daughter of Puerto Rican parents raised in Bronx public housing projects to become the nation’s first Hispanic justice, officials said Tuesday.

The decision, to be announced Tuesday morning, will be Mr. Obama’s first selection to the Supreme Court and could trigger a struggle with Senate Republicans who have indicated they may oppose the nomination. But Democrats control nearly the 60 votes necessary … Read

Double Dose: Prop 8 Decision Due Tuesday; Ruling Against Tobacco Companies; Vermont Moves to Publicize Payments to Doctors; Violence Against Women Ignored and Read …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |


Prop 8 Decision Due Tuesday: The California Supreme Court will announce its decision on Proposition 8 on Tuesday, May 26. The court’s decision will be posted online at 10 a.m.: www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme

Check www.marriageequalityusa.org or www.equalityactionnow.org for info about where and how to organize a response.

“If we must reverse Prop. 8 at the ballot, we will do so,” Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and a lawyer for couples in the case. “We will win – … Read

Political Diagnosis: Supreme Court Pick Due Soon; Hamburg Confirmed as FDA Commissioner; Senators Demand Public Insurance Option; Single-Payer Advocates Keep up Fight …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Supreme Court Nominee Announcement Next Week: Obama’s pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter could come next week. Obama is known to have met with Judge Diane Wood, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton 14 years ago to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Last weekend, Nina Totenberg named a few names you probably haven’t heard of that may be on the short list. Obama has been reaching out to Republicans, but … Read

U.S. Soldiers Seek Midwife in Afghanistan

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Philip Smucker of McClatchy Newspapers has written a must-read story about a search for a midwife in an Afghan war zone. American soldiers hope the woman will help open a health clinic in Paktika, described as one of the poorest and most dangerous of Afghanistan’s eastern provinces.

Yes, the effort is part propaganda. But it sure beats the CIA handing out Viagra to Afghan tribal leaders.

Afghanistan has devastatingly high infant and maternal mortality rates, and war has made access to health care … Read

The High Cost of C-Sections

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Ever wonder what’s the most common surgery performed in the United States? If you guessed birth by cesarean section you’d be correct.

We often point to stories about the rising rate of c-sections, but this L.A. Times story is definitely worth reading at it offers a comprehensive look at both the health risks of unnecessary c-sections and the escalating health care costs.

The United States has the second highest rate of cesareans among Western industrialized countries — c-sections are performed in 31.1 percent of all … Read