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Tom Corbett Protects Pennsylvania's Women's Institutions


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In yet another late election desperate act, Pennsylvania democrats attack Tom Corbett's efforts as Attorney General to defend and safeguard the citizens of Pennsylvania. Below is the statement written by the Attorney General in 1996 in explanation of his actions.

Statement by Attorney General Tom Corbett

For over 20 years, "intermediate scrutiny" has been the standard of review in deciding sexual discrimination cases throughout the country. This standard, relied upon by state governments and private industry, was observed by the U.S. District Court and the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in the case of United States versus Commonwealth of Virginia, et al. The U.S. Department of Justice in its brief now wants to change that standard of review to one of "strict scrutiny."

Such a change could have a negative effect on many existing institutions and programs beyond the education community. For that reason, the Office of Attorney General joined the amicus curiae brief.

For example, under a "strict scrutiny" standard, private, single-sex schools may be in danger of losing their charitable, tax-exempt status and their ability to receive tax deductible charitable contributions, just as private, racially discriminatory schools have, rightfully, lost these advantages.

Pennsylvania has 13 single-sex, private colleges, and 11 of those serve women. In joining the amicus brief, the Office of Attorney General is attempting to protect these institutions and the students they serve.

Other potential losers under "strict scrutiny" may include the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts and other men's and women's groups that have contributed to the quality of life in America.

If "strict scrutiny" were the standard, programs designed to assist women-owned businesses could be lost; shelters that now serve battered women may lose funding or be forced to admit both sexes, turning these places of refuge into places of confrontation; and it might be impossible for states to maintain separate prisons for men and women.

We believe that the current standard not only represents the better view of the U.S. Constitution, but also represents an approach to educational policy and sexual equality that is better tailored to achieving and preserving real world opportunities for both men and women.

The Office of Attorney General will do everything in its power to uphold the rights for all Pennsylvanians.

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