University of Michigan’s Affirmative Action Admission Policy Upheld
US District Judge Patrick Duggan ruled Wednesday that the University of Michigan’s use of affirmative action in its admission procedure is constitutional. Judge Duggan ruled in a case brought on by two white students who charged that U of M’s use of race as a factor in admission was unconstitutional and discriminatory against whites. In his decision, Judge Duggan said that the practice of giving minority applicants’ an edge because of race is just as constitutional as giving children of alumni and superior students an upper hand in the admissions process. According to the Associated Press, Judge Duggan lauded Michigan’s admission practices, saying a “racially and ethnically diverse student body gives rise to educational benefits for both minority and non-minority students.” The University of Michigan has spent $4.3 million defending affirmative action.
Media Resources: Associated Press – December 14, 2000
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .