Opposition to Michigan Anti-Affirmative Action Measure Grows
An anti-affirmative action bill that will likely appear on Michigan's November 7 ballot is facing increasing opposition by individuals who feel they were duped into signing a petition in favor of the proposed initiative. Nearly 500,000 citizens signed the petition, according to WZZM 13, a Michigan affiliate of ABC, and many are now saying they were led to believe the petition was meant to support affirmative action for women and minorities.
The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) is led by Ward Connerly, who does not reside in the state and who has led similar campaigns in Washington and California. The proposed amendment to the state constitution would end affirmative action in regard to public university admissions, state employment, and state contracting.
According to WOODTV, four meetings have now been held in Michigan in which residents expressed their outrage to members of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. Picketers outside of a highly attended meeting held on Monday in Grand Rapids accused the MCRI of voter fraud, reports WZZM 13. Activists are banding together to fight the initiative and a coalition of women’s rights groups have formed called Michigan Women United, according to Ms.
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. . . .