Civil Rights: Grove City Limits

Grove City Limits

In its 1984 Grove City College decision, the Supreme Court held that federal law prohibited discrimination only in a specific university program or activity receiving federal aid, not in the entire institution. Last week the Senate sought to reverse Grove City by passing the Civil Rights Restoration Act, prohibiting discrimination throughout any school, church, synagogue or business that receives federal money.

The victory for liberals was dampened by an amendment by Republican Senator John Danforth of Missouri. His provision allows universities and hospitals to continue receiving federal funds even if they refuse to perform or pay for abortions. The House has...

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