Today in 1925: SCOTUS begins to use substantive due process to establish fundamental rights

Jun 1, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 1, 1925, the Supreme Court ruled in Pierce v. Society of Sisters, invalidating an Oregon law against private schools, and first establishing fundamental rights through substantive due process.

Today in 1810: SCOTUS first strikes down a state law as unconstitutional

Mar 16, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

In ruling in 1810’s Fletcher v. Peck, the Supreme Court first declared a state law as unconstitutional, a practice that has led to some very famous cases.

Balancing States of “Conscience”

Mar 8, 2012 By: Melissa Berry

The new “contraception mandate” announced by the Obama administration earlier this year have caused an uproar over moral “conscience” objections to them.

Today in 1803: Marbury v. Madison establishes “judicial review”

Feb 24, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 24, 1803, Marbury v. Madison was decided, holding that the judiciary has the power to “decide what the law is.”

Today in 1989: Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act becomes law

Nov 18, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

22 years ago today, Pennsylvania enacted the Abortion Control Act, the subject of the Supreme Court’s 1992 decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Today in 1976: The Hyde Amendment is passed, the first of many

Sep 30, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

On September 30, 1976, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, which blocked federal Medicaid funds from being used for abortions.

Today in 2004: The Unborn Victims of Violence Act is passed by U.S. Congress

Mar 25, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Seven years ago, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act was passed by U.S. Congress, to the celebration of pro-life activists and chagrin of pro-choice ones.

Today in 1970: Senate votes to confirm Harry Blackmun

May 12, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

No one could have guessed that, after just three years on the bench, Blackmun would pen the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade.