The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled against the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) rules, which required stations to hire minorities and women at levels similar to their composition in the surrounding communities.
The case was brought to the Court by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, which appealed a FCC ruling that it did not attempt to hire enough minorities. The court claimed that the rules violated the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
In 1997, 40.8 percent of FCC employees working for television and radio broadcasters were women, an increase from 23.3 percent in 1971. Last year, broadcast employees included 19.9 percent minorities, an increase from 9.1 in 1971, the FCC said.
FCC officials were outraged and disappointed that the court would eradicate all of its EEO rules. "Our nation is diminished today," said FCC chairman William Kennard. "The unfortunate reality in our nation today is that race and gender still matter."
Feminist News Stories on Affirmative Action
Media Resources: Washington Post and Nando.net- April 15, 1998
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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. . . .
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10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
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. . . .