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Appeals court places Trump abortion referral ban on hold

Appeals court places Trump abortion referral ban on hold
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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has vacated a previous ruling that allowed the Trump administration to impose additional restrictions on facilities that serve low-income women seeking abortions, according to The Associated Press.

The federal appeals court said Wednesday that a panel of 11 judges would reconsider the bevy of lawsuits filed by states and civil rights groups challenging the plans.

The ruling was handed down just weeks after a three-judge panel in the 9th Circuit ruled that the government's plan to ban federally funded family planning clinics from giving abortion referrals would be allowed to go into effect nationwide.

The Trump administration is also seeking to block clinics that receive federal funds from sharing space with abortion providers. The rules would affect organizations that provide health care through Title X, a law intended to strengthen access to family planning services.

Title X grants fund clinics offering contraceptive services to low-income women and men across the country.

The rules were expected to take effect May 3. However, lower courts in Oregon, Washington and California issued injunctions, each of which the administration appealed.

The Justice Department did not immediately return requests for comment from The Hill and the AP.

A three-judge panel in the 9th Circuit in June overruled the lower courts' injunctions, saying in its ruling that the requirements were "reasonable." The judges added that the rules were in line with federal law that blocks taxpayer money from going to "programs where abortion is a method of family planning," the AP noted.

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The AP reported that the injunctions will go into effect once again because the ruling was vacated. It remains unclear when the court will convene to hear new arguments regarding the case.

Planned Parenthood is one of the organizations that would have been severely impacted by the new rule. The organization serves about 40 percent of Title X patients and has vowed to leave the program if the bans go into effect.

The Trump administration's policy is in line with rules that were implemented in 1988 and later upheld by the Supreme Court. Former President Clinton later issued a requirement for for clinics to give abortion counseling and referrals when asked.
 
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    August 29, 2019 - 12:48 PM EDT
    Senate GOP pledges to oppose any efforts to 'pack' Supreme Court

    Senate GOP pledges to oppose any efforts to 'pack' Supreme Court
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    Senate Republicans warned on Thursday that they will block any efforts to expand the Supreme Court, and they urged the justices not to be "cowed" by a recent legal brief from Senate Democrats calling on them to reject a gun case.

    Each of the Senate's 53 Republicans signed a letter — spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — pushing back against an amicus brief from five Democratic senators that suggested the court should "heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.'"

    "Our colleagues ... openly threatened this Court with political retribution if it failed to dismiss the petition as moot," the GOP senators wrote in their letter to the Supreme Court's clerk. "The implication is as plain as day: Dismiss this case, or we’ll pack the Court."

    The Democrats' brief urged the Supreme Court not to take up a challenge to New York City's gun laws, writing that the courts "do not undertake political 'projects.' Or at least they should not."

    Progressives praised the brief and viewed it as a warning shot to the court to change tactics or face growing calls for structural reforms.

    Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice — a progressive group that has floated expanding the number of Supreme Court justices — called the brief a "badass move."

    ThinkProgress, which is affiliated with the left-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund, characterized the Democratic senators as declaring "all-out war" on the Supreme Court.

    But the brief sparked fierce backlash from conservative groups and GOP lawmakers. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), one of the five Democratic senators who signed onto the brief, acknowledged to The Washington Post that the brief had sparked a "frantic reaction ... from the far right."

    Senate Republicans, in their letter, argued that the brief was the latest example of the independence of the courts being "under assault."

    The courts have emerged as a lightening rod issue during the Trump era. Progressive groups have tried to make structural reforms like expanding the Supreme Court a litmus test for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

    Meanwhile, McConnell has put a premium on confirming President Trump's judicial picks. Republicans have set a record pace on influential appeals court nominees, and GOP senators nixed the 60-vote filibuster for Supreme Court nominees in 2017. Democrats had already removed the same vote threshold for lower court and executive nominees in 2013.

    "The Democrats’ amicus brief demonstrates that their court-packing plans are more than mere pandering. They are a direct, immediate threat to the independence of the judiciary and the rights of all Americans," Republicans wrote in their letter.

    "For our part, we promise this: While we remain Members of this body, the Democrats’ threat to 'restructure' the Court is an empty one. We share Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg’s view that 'nine seems to be a good number.' And it will remain that way as long as we are here," they added.
     
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    Biggest Trump the Crusader in Chief legacy
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    Trump stacking lower courts
    BY BRIDGET KELLY, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR
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    President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are together carving out a lasting judicial legacy, one with ominous implications for reproductive health and rights. Thirteen right-wing judicial nominees were hastily confirmed before the Senate’s August recess, and Trump nominated 12 more last week to be confirmed when Congress returns on Monday. Thanks to McConnell, the self-proclaimed “grim reaper,” the Senate has become a graveyard for House-passed legislation. Yet simultaneously, it has been quietly approving an alarming number of federal judgeships.
    Trump and McConnell are not only making good on Trump’s campaign promise to stack the Supreme Court with anti-choice judges, they are also reshaping the lower district and appellate federal courts in hopes of overturning Roe v. Wade. As these are lifetime appointments and many of the appointees are quite young, Trump-appointed judges will influence decisions on reproductive rights for decades to come.
    When Trump took office, he mockingly thanked President Obama for leaving him over 100 federal judgeship vacancies. He really should have thanked the “grim reaper” instead. It was McConnell who slammed the brakes on many of Obama’s judicial nominations, including stonewalling the appointment of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016.
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    Once Trump was in the White House, McConnell took his foot off the brake and hit the accelerator, speeding confirmation of Trump’s judicial nominees, insisting there’s nothing “more important for America than confirming judges as rapidly” as possible. With McConnell’s support, Trump succeeded in filling more federal judgeships in his first year than any prior president, and the swift pace continues, with 146 of Trump’s overall nominations confirmed.
    While the quantity of appointments is up, the quality is down. Research revealed that more of Trump’s judicial picks received “not qualified” ratings from the American Bar Association (ABA) compared to those nominated by his four most-recent predecessors in the first two years of their presidencies. To date, seven of Trump’s nominees have been deemed “not qualified,” meaning they did not meet the ABA committee’s standards with respect to one or more of its evaluation criteria: integrity, professional competence, or judicial temperament.
    Allen Kobes, for example, was appointed to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2018 despite his notable lack of legal experience. He had previously served as lead counsel in just two trials that led to a verdict, had just one appellate oral argument under his belt, had no credentials in legal scholarship, and authored no law review articles. Kobes and other judges like him are pushed through not on merit, but because of their prior support for anti-abortion laws.
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    About 70 percent of Trump’s judicial appointees with lifetime appointments are young, white males who could very likely remain on the bench for 30 or more years. Overall, 78 percent of Trump’s nominees have been men and 87 percent have been white. Today, with one in four federal appeals court judges and one in seven district court judges appointed by Trump, the federal court system is showing itself increasingly hostile to reproductive health and rights.
    One case in point is the full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that upheld a three-judge panel decision to remove the stay that blocked Trump’s “domestic gag rule” from going into effect. With a 7-4 vote, the court upheld the gag rule, which requires Title X-funded family planning providers, including Planned Parenthood, maintain “clear financial and physical separation” from centers that perform abortions, and forbids providers from discussing abortion with patients. The 9th Circuit has traditionally been a more progressive court, but with seven Trump-appointed judges on its bench, that could be changing.
    This shift is no accident. The 9th Circuit ruling is the product of a deliberate strategy designed to overturn abortion rights. For decades, the anti-choice agenda has been to bring about the eventual overruling of Roe v. Wade, and in the meantime, chip away at the constitutional right to abortion. Step one: appoint anti-choice justices to the Supreme Court. Step two: pack the lower federal courts.
    Appointing Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh may have accomplished step one. Time will tell if the Court is inclined to overturn Roe v. Wade. The 9th Circuit’s decision reflects the worrying progress of step two. The strategy has proven effective in the sense that it now poses a serious threat to the reproductive health and rights of millions of Americans for decades to come.
     
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    ember 15, 2019 - 08:55 AM EDTTrump: 'Radical left Democrats' and 'LameStream Media' want to scare Kavanaugh into 'turning Liberal'
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    President Trump in an early morning tweet on Sunday said “Radical left Democrats” and the “LameStream Media” want to scare Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh into "turning Liberal."
    "Now the Radical Left Democrats and their Partner, the LameStream Media, are after Brett Kavanaugh again, talking loudly of their favorite word, impeachment," he tweeted. "He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY. Such lies about him.
    "They want to scare him into turning Liberal!
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    Now the Radical Left Democrats and their Partner, the LameStream Media, are after Brett Kavanaugh again, talking loudly of their favorite word, impeachment. He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY. Such lies about him. They want to scare him into turning Liberal!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019
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    The president's tweet came after The New York Times reported that a male former classmate said he witnessed Kavanaugh expose himself and press his genitals against a woman without her consent.
    The latest allegation, which had not been made public, was reported to the FBI during Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation process last year but was not investigated by the FBI, according to the Times.
    The justice was confirmed after a tumultuous confirmation process that included emotional testimony from both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexual misconduct.
    Kavanaugh has denied all of the allegations that he has faced, calling them politically motivated, and declined to answer questions about the new allegations to the Times on Saturday.
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    Trump in a follow-up tweet early Sunday said Kavanaugh should "start suing people for libel," suggesting that the Justice Department should "come to his rescue."
    "The lies being told about him are unbelievable. False Accusations without recrimination. When does it stop?" he asked. "They are trying to influence his opinions. Can’t let that happen!"


    Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue. The lies being told about him are unbelievable. False Accusations without recrimination. When does it stop? They are trying to influence his opinions. Can’t let that happen!
    ADVERTISEMENT— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019
    Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said late Saturday that the newly reported allegation against Kavanaugh should be investigated.
    "Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is a shame to the Supreme Court. This latest allegation of assault must be investigated," the former Housing secretary tweeted.
    --This report was updated at 9:55 a.m.
     
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    September 16, 2019 - 09:10 AM EDT
    Trump says Kavanaugh 'assaulted by lies and Fake News' after NYT correction

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    President Trump on Monday hammered the media after The New York Times issued a correction to a report that included a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

    In a trio of tweets, the president lashed out at the media over the reports, saying that the Times “should be sued” after the news outlet released a correction that noted that friends of the woman involved in the alleged incident with Kavanaugh during law school say she did not recall the incident.

    “'The New York Times walks back report on Kavanaugh assault claim,'” Trump tweeted, quoting “Fox & Friends.”
    “The one who is actually being assaulted is Justice Kavanaugh — Assaulted by lies and Fake News! This is all about the LameStream Media working with their partner, the Dems.”

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    “The New York Times walks back report on Kavanaugh assault claim.” @foxandfriends The one who is actually being assaulted is Justice Kavanaugh - Assaulted by lies and Fake News! This is all about the LameStream Media working with their partner, the Dems.

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
    The Times reported Saturday that a male former classmate of Kavanaugh's claims to have seen the justice expose himself at a party, where friends pushed his genitals against a woman without her consent.

    On Monday, the Times said that “the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident.”

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    In a pair of follow up tweets, Trump again quoted “Fox & Friends,” claiming the “Kavanaugh accuser doesn’t recall incident” while adding that the Times “should be sued.”

    “DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE WILL DO OR SAY,” Trump continued. “They are looking to destroy, and influence his opinions — but played the game badly. They should be sued!”

    “What’s happening to Justice Kavanaugh is a disgrace. This guy is not a good man, he is a great man. He has to go to his church with his family while these terrible reports are being written about him, a disgrace!” Dan Bongino @foxandfriends

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
    Just Out: “Kavanaugh accuser doesn’t recall incident.” @foxandfriends DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE WILL DO OR SAY. They are looking to destroy, and influence his opinions - but played the game badly. They should be sued!

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    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
    The latest allegation against Kavanaugh came from nonprofit owner Max Stier and had not previously been made public. It was reported to the FBI during Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation process last year but was not investigated.

    Kavanaugh was ultimately confirmed by a 50-48 margin in the Senate after multiple sexual misconduct allegations were made against him.

    Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all previous allegations against him, and he declined to answer questions about the new allegations to the Times on Saturday.

    Several prominent Democrats, including some 2020 presidential candidates, have called for Kavanaugh's impeachment from the Supreme Court in light of the new allegation.

    Trump rushed to Kavanaugh's defense over the weekend, before the correction was issued, tweeting Sunday that “Radical left Democrats” and the "LameStream Media" want to scare Kavanaugh into "turning Liberal."

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    "Now the Radical Left Democrats and their Partner, the LameStream Media, are after Brett Kavanaugh again, talking loudly of their favorite word, impeachment," he tweeted. "He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY. Such lies about him."
     
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