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
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
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. . . .