Several things happening at once today. Watch the Sotomayor confirmation hearings live HERE or HERE. I’ll be blogging it as much as I can. I forgot to post yesterday an important decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which is germane to reproductive choice:
“Pharmacists are obliged to dispense the Plan B pill, even if they are personally opposed to the “morning after” contraceptive on religious grounds, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
In a case that could affect policy across the western U.S., a supermarket pharmacy owner in Olympia, Wash., failed in a bid to block 2007 regulations that required all Washington pharmacies to stock and dispense the pills”
Excellent, if unsurprising, news. Imagine if a militant woman-centered lesbian pharmacist refused to stock or fill prescriptions for Viagra.(bwahahahahaha!) What’s next, fundamentalist Christian pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions to women for pain relief after childbirth because of the Bible’s decree that we suffer “labor pangs”?? Or Muslim doctors refusing to treat women patients?
The unanimous decision by the Court was VERY clear: “that a patient’s right to timely medication supersedes a pharmacist’s personal convictions.”
It’s really not that difficult to see that pharmacists like the one in the suit above will NEVER win their cases. Even with conservative judges appointed by pro-life politicians:
“The three 9th Circuit judges found common ground despite differing outlooks: Two conservatives named to the court by President George W. Bush and a liberal named by President Clinton made up the panel.”
The conversation at Violet Socks’ place continues to be enlightening on the subject. Catch up HERE.
I’ll keep this thread as an open thread with a focus on the Sotomayor hearings for a few hours before we get back to the Cap and Trade reading assignment. Apologies for the confusion.
The developing news about Secretary Clinton’s move to excuse foreign diplomats from paying property taxes seems like a minor political scuffle. I don’t think it represents or is symbolic of anything important (the issue certainly MATTERS to foreign embassies and NYC tax collectors, but to the rest of us? not so much.I just don’t read any major political power plays involving obama or the “muzzling” of Clinton in this story.) Looks like Bloomberg is using the media as his megaphone and billy club.
In preparation for our group analysis of the Cap and Trade Bill, I was reading StateofDisbelief’s excellent post on the topic the other day. Wonderful insights in the post and in comments. Here are a couple of links to help us all become minor experts on the subject before we decide to support (or not) this bill.
- What IS emissions trading, aka Cap and Trade?
- What are some of the REASONED objections to Cap and Trade?
- (I don’t agree with all of these, but I believe they are evidence-based objections. Everyone should read them.) Read HERE and HERE for very good criticism so we can make informed decisions.
Right now my old pal (grrrr!) Orrin Hatch is questioning Sotomayor. Herb Kohl, D-WI, asked good questions and she gave reasoned, VERY confident, answers. Makes me predict the right-wing hatchet throwers will whip out the “She thinks she’s ALL THAT” sexist attack later on today. oy vey.