MI Supreme Court Allows Anti-Affirmative Action Ballot Measure
The Michigan Supreme Court decided last week that it would allow an anti-affirmative action proposal on the November ballot, despite allegations that many of the signatures were gathered using deception. According to the Detroit News, hundreds of people who signed the petitions were told that the measure was in support of affirmative action. In reality, the petition proposes an amendment to the state constitution that would ban preferential treatment on the basis of race, gender, color, ethnicity, and national origin that aims to correct the historical oppressions that some groups have experienced.
In the court's majority decision, Justice Stephen Markman wrote that a citizen is responsible for his or her own actions and that one "cannot blame others when he signs a petition without knowing what it says," according to the Detroit News. An investigation into the validity of each signature would require "endless litigation," Markman added.
Media Resources: The Detroit News 7/17/06, 7/14/06
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .