Keeping Score: U.S. Gymnasts Sue FBI for Failure to Investigate Nassar; SCOTUS Expands Religious Liberty Rights; Physicians Fear Post-Roe World

In each difficulty of Ms., we monitor analysis on our progress within the battle for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and hold tabs on the feminist motion’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score on-line, too—in on this biweekly round-up.

Lest We Forget

“As physicians and medical professionals, we see the real-life consequences when an individual does not get the care that they know they need, including abortions. The woman who has suffered the violation and trauma of rape would be forced to carry a pregnancy.

“Denying access to abortion from people who want one can adversely affect their health, safety and economic well-being, including delayed separation from a violent partner and increased likelihood of falling into poverty by four times. These outcomes can also have drastic impacts on their health.

“Beyond safety and medical necessity, many people simply don’t want to be pregnant, and should have the power to control their own bodies. Period.”

—Over 2,600 medical professionals in a public letter condemning the potential overturn of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court

“New York must stand together with those who come here from states that are hostile to basic health care rights and protect them from those attempting to intimidate and harass them with litigation in their home states. Plain and simple, it is an infringement on the rights established in New York law to interfere with anyone attempting to exercise those rights. This legislation, which establishes a cause of action for interfering with these protected rights, is critical to people who simply want control over their own bodies.”

—New York state Assemblymember Chris Burdick (D) on the passage of laws that might shield New York abortion suppliers from prosecution for serving sufferers in states the place abortion care is criminalized.

“A restless and newly constituted court sees fit to refashion the standard anew to foreclose remedies in yet more cases. The measures the Court takes to ensure Boule’s claim is dismissed are inconsistent with governing precedent. …

This Court’s precedents recognize that suits for damages play a critical role in deterring unconstitutional conduct by federal law enforcement officers and in ensuring that those whose constitutional rights have been violated receive meaningful redress. The Court’s decision today … closes the door to Bivens suits by many who will suffer serious constitutional violations at the hands of federal agents.”

—Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissenting in Egbert v. Boule, a case wherein three Trump appointees—joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and John Roberts—upheld authorized immunity for federal officers who violate Fourth Amendment rights when trying to find undocumented immigrants.


+ Nearly 100 U.S. girls gymnasts—together with Olympic medalists Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman—are suing the FBI for failing to research former USA Gymnastics physician Lawrence Nassar.

“My fellow survivors and I were betrayed by every institution that was supposed to protect us—the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, the FBI and now the Department of Justice. … It is clear that the only path to justice and healing is through the legal process,” Maroney stated in an announcement.

+ The Supreme Court dominated on Tuesday, June 21, that Maine might not exclude spiritual colleges from a state tuition program, additional blurring the road between church and state. The vote was 6-3, with the liberal justices in dissent.

“Although framed as a school-choice ruling, it’s hard to see how this won’t have implications for a far wider range of state benefit programs—putting government in the awkward position of having to choose between directly funding religious activity or not providing funding at all,” stated Steve Vladeck, professor on the University of Texas School of Law.

+ On Wednesday, June 8, the House voted alongside social gathering traces to ban people beneath 21 years previous from buying semiautomatic rifles. Though the laws is unlikely to go within the Senate, it secured 10 Republican votes within the House after representatives heard from mass taking pictures survivors, together with an 11-year-old woman who attends Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

+ A spending invoice submitted to the Department of Defense by House Democrats would safe time without work for navy members and staff in search of an abortion for themselves or their accomplice. The draft invoice prohibits navy commanders from utilizing funds to disclaim such requests.

A rally in protection of abortion rights in Philadelphia in May 2019. (Joe Piette / Flickr)

+ Ginni Thomas—spouse of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—pressured 29 Arizona legislators to forged Electoral College votes for former President Donald Trump somewhat than President Joe Biden, who gained the favored vote within the state, in response to emails obtained by The Washington Post.

This yr, at the very least 108 Republican main winners for statewide workplace or congressional seats have backed Trump’s claims that he gained the 2020 presidential election.

+ At the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, A Strange Loop actor L Morgan Lee secured a nomination within the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role class, turning into the primary overtly transgender performer nominated.

Six: The Musical co-creator Toby Marlow additionally grew to become the primary non-binary composer to win a Tony for greatest unique rating.

“It just feels really amazing to be part of a season where there’s so much queerness on stage explicitly,” Marlow stated. “Representation is pretty fab.”

+ On Saturday, June 11, 31 folks affiliated with a white supremacist group, Patriot Front, have been arrested by Idaho police on costs of legal conspiracy. Authorities suspect they supposed to riot throughout a Pride within the Park occasion held by the North Idaho Pride Alliance.

+ The Student Loan Deferment for Sexual Violence Survivors Act, launched by Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Penn.), would offer mortgage deferment choices for college students who “temporarily withdraw from college to seek treatment and focus on mental and physical health rehabilitation” following a sexual assault.

“As a former professor, I care deeply for the well-being of undergraduate and graduate students. This legislation will help students who have experienced horrific trauma by offering them the opportunity to defer these payments so that they can focus on healing,” Dean stated.

How We’re Doing

+ In overlaying the leaked Supreme Court draft determination that might overturn Roe v. Wade, Fox News featured friends that have been 87 % white and 64 % male. Left-leaning retailers like CNN and MSNBS included majority girls friends to touch upon the Court’s determination.

With federal abortion protections in peril of reversal, this map by the Guttmacher Institute outlines abortion restrictions presently in impact in every state:

+ Women maintain over 1 / 4—27.3 %—of seats on Russell 3000 company boards as of March 31. The discovering marks a 2.9 % improve from 2021, however confirms that gender parity is considerably missing in company environments.

+ A brand new research revealed that Black girls staff disproportionately obtain “non-actionable feedback,” garnering 8.8 occasions as a lot low-quality suggestions as their white male colleagues beneath 40 years previous. A research by the American Association of University Women verified that these discrepancies correlated with decrease earnings and fewer management alternatives.

+ A nationwide survey of U.S. adults revealed that 5 % of respondents beneath 30 years previous establish as transgender or non-binary, greater than another grownup age group.

“Advocates have known for some time that statisticians have been undercounting the number of trans people in the U.S.,” National Center for Transgender Equality coverage director Olivia Hunt stated. “[As a result,] we’ve had a lot of lawmakers and policymakers dismiss the needs of trans and nonbinary people.”

+ Almost 20 % of trans-identifying people in 2022 are youngsters ages 13–17, in response to UCLA’s Williams Institute. The identical report discovered 1.6 million Americans over age 13 are transgender, and the variety of transgender youth within the U.S. doubled because the institute’s final estimate in 2016–17.

Sign and share Ms.’s relaunched “We Have Had Abortions” petition—whether or not you your self have had an abortion, or just stand in solidarity with those that have—to let the Supreme Court, Congress and the White House know: We is not going to hand over the fitting to secure, authorized, accessible abortion.

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