In an attempt to reverse an anti-affirmative action ruling affecting television and radio broadcasting hiring practices, a case may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Long-standing regulations urging broadcasters to seek and hire women and minorities were halted in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last April.
A lawsuit brought about by the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church lead to the case. The church’s involvement developed from their ownership of two radio stations.
An appeal to the Supreme Court is being decided by FCC Chairman William Kennard, who claims to want to “ensure a level playing field so that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in broadcasting.”
President of the National Association of Broadcasters, Edward Fitts, also provided support for the continued pursuit of women and minorities. “Broadcasters are committed to diversity in the work force and we are proud of our industry’s record. Despite the courts decision, we encourage the industry to continue vigorously pursuing this goal,” said Fitts.
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .