Women Sponsor Multi-Media Presidential Campaign Event
Last night Oxygen Network hosted the very
first "Oxygen Women's Forum" - a 90-minute
special with Vice-President Al Gore. The
special aired live on Oxygen's cable television
network, C-SPAN and New Jersey Public
Television, and was both provocative and
entertaining. Facilitated by "Pure Oxygen"
co-hosts, 150 Trenton, New Jersey women,
and on-line participants at Oxygen.com, had
the opportunity to ask the Vice-President
questions about the upcoming election.
When asked about reproductive choice, Gore
stated he would appoint Supreme Court
justices to protect a woman's constitutional
right to a safe and legal abortion. He
reaffirmed his commitment to affirmative
action, and pledged to tighten the wage gap
between the sexes. When asked if he has
considered a woman running mate, Gore
responded with an emphatic "yes I have."
The "Oxygen Women's Forum" premiered in
conjunction with befearless.com, a new
Oxygen site promoting social, political and
legal issues of interest and importance to
women. The Feminist Majority Foundation is
featured on befearless.com, and feminist.org
was promoted on-line throughout the chat.
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The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .