One of Two Colorado Affirmative Action Measures Disqualified
The measure that would have preserved affirmative action programs in Colorado will not be on the November ballot. The measure, Initiative 82, would have preserved affirmative action programs that are threatened by Amendment 46, which has been cleared for the ballot. The disqualified initiative fell about 8,000 signatures short of the number required.
If approved, Amendment 46 will ban affirmative action in public employment, public education and public contracting. Melissa Hart, who spearheaded the Initiative 82 drive and is a law professor at the University of Colorado, told the Rocky Mountain News that "It's frustrating because our opposition tied us up in litigation and used every tactic they could to hamper the process…[but] it won't stop us from working as hard as we can to convince voters that Colorado needs to reject (an)…intentionally confusing initiative," Amendment 46.
Media Resources: Feminist Daily Newswire 7/30/08; Denver Business Journal 9/3/08; Rocky Mountain News 9/3/08
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. . . .