Oprah Winfrey, the reigning queen of daytime talk, announced yesterday that she will retire her #1 talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, in 2006. In the meantime, she will continue to host one of the only talk shows on television urging women’s self-empowerment. The Oprah Winfrey Show has consistently taken on hard-hitting women’s issues, such as gender apartheid in Afghanistan and female genital mutilation. Winfrey, herself, has been a forerunner in women’s issues having appeared on ABC’s Ellen for the “coming out” episode and performed in Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. Winfrey has also distinguished herself through her philanthropy and through her work on behalf of children. In 1991, Winfrey testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of the National Child Protection Act that established a national registry of convicted child abusers.
Winfrey began her career in broadcasting at TV affiliates in Nashville, TN and Baltimore, MD before moving to Chicago to host the morning talk show AM Chicago, the precursor to The Oprah Winfrey Show. Winfrey has hosted the show since 1985 and is considered to be one of the most powerful media icons in the United States.
Media Resources: CNN.com, 3/12/02; Oprah.com; Feminist Majority Foundation
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
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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UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
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. . . .