I’ll be honest, I really am hungover today, so this is going to be quick. And trust me, you do not want to look at me on video today. The Supreme Court session has ended until the fall. Let’s take a moment to enjoy some of the lowlights from the last few months of decisions that we’ve covered here at Feministing. Feel free to add others in comments.
April 18th – Gonzales v. Carhart and Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood
The Supreme Court decides that outlawing abortion methods is fine, even if a woman’s health is at risk.
Vanessa summed it up well. “We’re fucked.” From the decision:
Respondents have not demonstrated that the Act [â€¦] imposes an undue burden on a woman’s right to abortion based on its overbreadth or lack of a health exception.
Congrats, ladies. Your health is irrelevant.
May 29th – Ledbetter v. Goodyear
The Supreme Court decides that you can’t file a pay discrimination complaint more than 180 days â€œafter the alleged unlawful employment practice occurred.â€?
Ann breaks it down, ” 180 days isn’t much time to figure out a pay disparity exists. How many people — especially, for example, women in nontraditional professions — talk openly with their coworkers about how much they’re earning?”
June 28th – Parents Involved v. Seattle School District and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education
The Supreme Court strikes down, K-12 voluntary integration programs in public schools. The consideration of race for admissions was determined to be constitutional in colleges a few years ago. I guess they figure kids can wait.
Chief Justice Roberts said, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”
Pissed off me says the way to make schools more racially diverse is to fucking make schools more racially diverse.
The policy, cultural mindset and economic racism has been in place for a long time, but today the Supreme Court made the few slightly effective attempts at desegregation, that much less possible.
Quite a year they’re having down at the Supreme Court. Fuckers.