Senators, Celebrities, Athletes Oppose Gutting of Title IX
Celebrities, women athletes, and politicians spoke out in support of Title IX on National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Wednesday. Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education, including athletic programs, is under attack by President Bush’s so-called Commission for Educational Opportunity. The Commission held its final meetings last week in DC, where women’s groups rallied to save the landmark law. On Wednesday, such prominent figures as Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), actors Holly Hunter and Geena Davis, and former Senator and an original Title IX sponsor Birch Bayh promised to fight to protect Title IX. “We will fight this as long and as hard as it takes, and Title IX will be a part of the American dream,” Sen. Daschle told the Associated Press. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) last week pledged on the Senate floor to “vigorously defend and enforce Title IX in all of the areas it covers so we can sustain and expand upon the progress” made for women and girls in education and athletics, according to the Whip Round-Up.
Today, there are 2.7 million girls that participate in high school sports and 150,000 that are active in collegiate athletics. Women’s groups have already vowed to fight the attack on Title IX because these high school and college women athletes are the ones who stand to lose from the new measures being presented by the Bush Administration. The women’s groups are worried that the chipping away at athletics could eventually lead to a broader attack on Title IX.
The Commission for Educational Opportunities will present its final report on Title IX to Education Secretary Roderick Paige on February 28. With a commission largely made up of opponents to Title IX, the report is expected to recommend a weakening of the law.
Media Resources: Associated Press 2/5/03; Whip Round-Up 1/31/03; National Girls and Women in Sports Coalition; Feminist Daily News Wire
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
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The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
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This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .