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July 21, 2005

About Roberts' Wife

Some progressives are worried that John Roberts wife was in the leadership of a pro-life group, Feminists for Life.

This should please those in opposition to Roe v. Wade, but Feminists for Life is actually committed to other feminist goals as well that some on the Right might not be so excited about. This is what is says about Jane Sullivan Roberts:

In 1998, Ms. Roberts prepared an affidavit for Serrin Foster in support of a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of teenage mothers in Kentucky who were denied membership in the National Honor Society. Ms. Roberts submitted the affidavit on behalf of FFL, who agreed with the ACLU that the Grant County, Kentucky, school system had discriminated against the two students, violating Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the state and federal constitutions, and the Kentucky Civil Rights Act.

During Ms. Roberts' term on the Board, FFL focused on passing the Violence Against Women Act, enhancing child support enforcement, and fighting child exclusion provisions in welfare reform.

Inspired by the story of another board member who had become pregnant in college, FFL began to focus on advocating housing, child care, maternity coverage and telecommuting for pregnant and parenting students...

[Feminists for Life] is dedicated to systematically eliminating the root causes that drive women to abortion—primarily lack of practical resources and support—through holistic, woman-centered solutions.

If this work reflects John Roberts politics at all, this is more interesting than I think either left or right activists might expect.

I do have to say that everything the site mentions Jane Roberts worked on (with no mention of Roe v. Wade interestingly) is admirable policy and should be part of any humane "pro-choice policy" as well. In fact, part of the rhetoric of Feminists for Life is that abortion rights groups have abandoned such issues. And it is a shame that if you look at issues mentioned on NARAL's front page, welfare and resources for pregnant girls are not even mentioned.

Posted by Nathan at July 21, 2005 02:14 AM