CA NOW Charges UCLA and USC With Title IX Violations
The California chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) charged UCLA and USC with violating Title IX, a law requiring public schools to provide male and female students with equal resources and opportunities to engage in sports, and filed complaints with the U.S. Dept. of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
CA NOW studied UCLA's spending on women's and men's athletics and found that the men's basketball team was allocated 1.8 times as much money as the women's team, and that USC's men's basketball team received more than six times as much as the women's team.
UCLA responded by saying that, since the men's teams generate more revenue for the school, they should be able to spend more. Linda Joplin of NOW's Athletic Equity Committee responded by saying, "There's a lot of cases around the country where women's teams are filling up the available space in the auditoriums and bring in just as much money. With the proper support, that can happen, and that brings in more money for the whole program."
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. . . .