Sunday, October 6, 2013

Supreme Court Set to Consider Abortion, Prayer, Recess Appointments

Posted By on Sun, Oct 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The United States Supreme Court gavels in a new term Monday, Oct. 7 when the high court is expected to take up limits on campaign contributions, a U.S. president's power to make recess appointments and conducting public prayer in government meetings.

Among the more significant cases is a constitutional challenge to federal campaign finance laws that sets an aggregate limit on the amount of money an individual can give to candidates and political parties.

Additionally, the justices have agreed to decide whether the use of prayer prior to town hall meetings violates the First Amendment's separation of church and state.

The court may also hear its first abortion arguments since 2007—a review of an Oklahoma law intended to the restrict the use of certain abortion-inducing drugs such as RU-486.

Four of the Supreme Court justices are older than 75, but none is expected to retire in the coming year. Ginsburg, at 80, is the oldest member of the court. Scalia and Kennedy are 77, and Justice Stephen Breyer is 75.
Ginsburg made clear in a series of media interviews this summer that she will stay on the court as long as she is able to do the work.

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