According to organizers, the thousands of people who filled several blocks on Pennsylvania Avenue made up the largest voting rights demonstration in decades. The march began at Freedom Plaza, where recently elected Mayor Adrian Fenty urged the crowd to continue supporting the DC Voting Rights Act (H.R. 1433), which would give the District of Columbia its first voting member in congress. During his remarks, Mayor Fenty stated that the DC Voting Rights Act -- introduced by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) in early March) -- ensures every American equal representation in Congress.
At the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Delegate Norton echoed Mayor Fenty's remarks by insisting that taxation without representation is a violation of the civil liberties of every DC citizen. Holmes added that the time for complicity has passed, and that DC residents must now demand what is a fundamental right of every tax-paying American.
House Democrats are expected to approve H.R. 1433 in the coming week.
Media Resources: FMF; H.R. 1433; Washington Post 4/17/07
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .