Supreme Court Watch
Yesterday the Senate voted 63-37 to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Kagan will be the fourth woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court, and the court will for the first time have three women on the bench at once when the fall terms begins on October 4.
Politico reports that Kagan won the lowest number of “yes” confirmation votes of any Supreme Court nominee selected by a Democratic president, and predicts that confirmation fights will only become more polarized.
The Seattle Times reports that anti-choice Rep. Dave Reichert’s opposition to the federal health care reform law is “murky.”
The Seattle Times editorial board endorses Suzan DelBene, pro-choice congressional candidate in the 8th District. The Times calls Rep. Reichert “unstudied” and declares that “the 8th District deserves someone who is faster on their feet.”
The Seattle Times reports that Gov. Gregoire may take herself out of the running to replace Elena Kagan as Solicitor General.
Limited Service Pregnancy Centers
Time Magazine features an article on the deceptive practices of limited service pregnancy centers (also known as “crisis pregnancy centers” or fake clinics) and reports on NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s efforts to keep them honest.
Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) have introduced legislation to ban federal subsidies for any insurance plan that covers abortion.
Other News of Note
A study in China found the copper IUD – marketed as ParaGard in the U.S. – to be an effective emergency contraceptive.