MI Judge Orders Measure to End Discrimination against Girls’ Sports
U.S. District Judge Richard A. Enslen ordered the Michigan High School Athletic Association to re-schedule the girls’ athletic season to be compatible with the boys’ athletic season, which mirrors the seasons used by colleges and universities. Two women sued the Association in 1998 claiming that the original scheduling of girls sports, which did not follow that of colleges and universities, was detrimental to female athletes as it limited not only news coverage of the games but also the ability of girls to play for college recruiters that follow the university schedule. The women asserted that the scheduling policy violated the rights under the fourteenth amendment, Michigan civil rights laws, and Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally funded education programs, including athletics.
Media Resources: Associated Press, 12/17/01; Feminist Majority Foundation
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. . . .