Women's Groups in Florida Blast Anti-Affirmative Action Plan
Women's groups in Florida spoke out on Wednesday against Gov. Jeb Bush's One Florida plan to eliminate affirmative action for women and people of color in state universities and contracts.
"From day one, the group hurt most by One Florida is women," said Democratic state Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Several female legislators and members of a dozen women's groups, including the National Organization for Women, gathered Wednesday to speak out against One Florida calling it "the most important battleground in deciding the future of affirmative action programs for women nationally."
Tallahassee is anticipating some 3,000 people to show for the third and final public hearing agreed to by Bush in response to the sit-in by two Florida lawmakers in January.
Media Resources: Nando Times and Tallahassee Democrat Online - February 10, 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. . . .