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The Supreme Court Doesn't Have to Overturn Roe to Decimate
Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project
Now that President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace
Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, it will be up to the Senate to
fully vet him so that the American people can determine whether he will uphold
the basic civil rights and liberties relied on by everyone in this country. This is
particularly true when it comes to abortion rights, where Kavanaughâs prior
opinions on the subject, coupled with the fact that Donald Trump vowed to only
nominate justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, give rise to serious concern
about womenâs continued ability to access abortion if Kavanaugh is confirmed.
A new Supreme Court Justice could effectively decimate womenâs access to
abortion, even without overturning Roe outright. Overturning Roe would be
catastrophic, but it is not the only scenario in which politicians would be able to
shut down abortion care. The court can give them back the power to do so by
simply upholding whatever obstacles they throw in a womanâs path.
Post Janus: Trump Attacks 1.2 Million Federal Workers Represented by
Joe Davidson who writes the Federal Insider, a Washington Post
column on the federal government. He is a founding board member of
the National Association of Black Journalists and is in its Hall of Fame.
Step two in Trumpâs attack on the public sector union movement has begun with
the implementation of his three Executive Orders seriously curtailing Federal
workers union rights. These union are already prohibited from requiring workers
to pay any dues or fees, cannot bargain over pay and are prohiited from striking.
Now Trump's is declaring a federal workers wage freeze for the new fiscal year.
Yet Trumpâs EOâs go further by restricting union representatives access to paid
time to represent workers, proposals making it easier and faster to fire workers
under civil service regulations and revising the ground rules for union contractual
negotiations . In March, even before the executive orders were issued, the
Education Department unilaterally imposed a contract on employees who had
rejected it. Nineteen federal workers unions have sued the administration to
thwart the executive orders. They have also gained support from a bipartisan
group of current and former members of Congress who filed a brief
denouncing the presidentâs executive orders.
And these are but the first steps with Trump promising more "reforms" before
the November elections. Many of these efforts have been overseen by James
Sherk, a former Heritage Foundation labor economist who joined Trumpâs
transition team to tackle labor challenges. He now sits on the low-profile
Domestic Policy Council. At Heritage, Sherk wrote policy papers on the
need to roll back public employee labor rights. He helped Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker (R) engineer a plan to bust the stateâs employee unions in
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