• Rage In Washington Square Park

    1 month ago - By The Travel Photographer

    After the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe vs Wade this past Friday, throngs of protestors streamed in Washington Square Park to protest and vent their rage at the ruling.
    Here are some of the photographs I made at the protest.
    As per Cecile Richards in a NYT article : “What's happened is not about religion, or morality or unborn babies. It's about politics. Women can't wrap their brains around it. Republicans want to pretend it's about something else. But it's about control - that's what politics is about.”
    There were a large number of photojournalists and photographers...
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  • Roe v. Wade - US Supreme Court Overturns One Landmark Decision with Another Landmark Decision

    Roe v. Wade - US Supreme Court Overturns One Landmark Decision with Another Landmark Decision

    1 month ago - By It's About Time

    This morning, as I was driving to my dog's vet, the radio announced that the United States Supreme Court overturned a nearly 50 year-old landmark decision of that court. I am an old historian, but I remember the announcement of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Such landmark Supreme Court decisions substantially change the interpretation of existing law.
    Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, No. 19-1392, 597 U.S. (2022), is now a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court held that the Constitution of the United States does not confer any right to abortion, thus...
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  • Sir Matthew Hale (1609-1676) Jurist & Grandfather - On Abortion, Rape, & Women

    Sir Matthew Hale (1609-1676) Jurist & Grandfather - On Abortion, Rape, & Women

    1 month ago - By It's About Time

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion detailing his reasons for overturning Roe v. Wade. In both his alleged draft opinion* & his final opinion for this case, Alito leaned liberally on the views of Sir Matthew Hale (1609-1676), a 17C English jurist who was adamant that it was legal that a married woman could be raped by her husband; & wrote an instruction to jurors to be skeptical of reports of rape. Hale´s views on rape, marriage & abortion have had a long legacy not only in Britain's legal system, but also in those of the British Colonies.
    Hale became Lord...
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  • Who was Matthew Hale, the 17C Jurist Alito invokes in overturning Roe?

    Who was Matthew Hale, the 17C Jurist Alito invokes in overturning Roe?

    1 month ago - By It's About Time

    Who was Matthew Hale, the 17C jurist Alito invokes in his draft overturning Roe? By Deanna Pan Globe Staff, May 6, 2022. In his leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito leans heavily on the scholarship of 17th-century English judge Sir Matthew Hale to underpin his argument that prohibiting abortion has a long “unbroken tradition” in the law. Not only have many legal scholars disputed Alito's reading of history, they've also criticized his reliance on Hale because of what the jurist's writings reveal about his attitudes toward women. Hale is notorious...
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