A federal district court judge in Washington yesterday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Title IX, the landmark law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded education, threatens collegiate male sports teams. US Judge Emmet Sullivan found that the lawsuit filed by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and four additional athletic groups failed to show harmful effects from Title IX, according to the Washington Post.
The plaintiffs contended that Title IX had caused cuts in male sports programs, particularly wrestling. However, the judge ruled that Title IX is not to blame for these cuts because schools make decisions based on a variety of factors, according to the National Women's Law Center. Attorney Lawrence Joseph, representing the NWCA, vowed that "[the fight] was far from over," according to the Post. The group plans to either seek reconsideration from the district court or appeal the decision to a higher court.
President Bush's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics released recommendations to weaken enforcement of Title IX in February to the Department of Education. Education Secretary Rod Paige is considering the commission's recommendations and will issue his suggestions for changing Title IX in the next few months, according to the Post. "We call on the Bush Administration to abandon its ill-advised attempts to roll back Title IX policies," said Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women's Law Center, which submitted an amicus brief in the case. "As the court made abundantly clear today, these policies are still urgently needed to redress discrimination against female athletes and are not the cause of harm to men's teams."
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. . . .