Syndicator Halts National Ads on Limbaugh Show for 2 Weeks
In a breakthrough for women's rights groups, Premier Networks, the syndicator for the Rush Limbaugh show, indicated yesterday that it will suspend national advertising for two weeks on local stations. The announcement comes after over 100 companies - including Ford, GM, Toyota, Allstate, Geico, Prudential, State Farm, McDonald's and Subway - have pulled their advertisements from the show, sending a strong message to radio show hosts that they will not support hate speech and misogyny.
These advertisers were included on a Premiere memo circulated to radio staff stating, "They've specifically asked that you schedule their commercials in the dayparts or programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levine, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity). Those are defined as environments likely to stir negative sentiment from a very small percentage of the listening public."
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, celebrated the advertisers' efforts, fueled by public outcry, to force right-wing hosts to take responsibility for their attacks on women's rights. Smeal stated, "The cooling off period won't work. Misogyny is not ok."
The Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Organization for Women (NOW), and a host of women's groups, together with Think Progress and Media Matters, have rallied in support of Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law School student who was not allowed to testify at a House Committee hearing on the religious exemption on contraception. Tens of thousands of supporters of women's healthcare have bombarded advertisers with emails and phone calls, urging the cancellation of ads and to support Sandra Fluke. The internet is on fire with thousands of supporters tweeting, blogging, and Facebook-ing in support of campaigns to #FlushRushNow. See the Feminist Majority Foundation Campus blog for more information.
Media Resources: MSNBC 3/12/12; Radio-Info.com 3/12/12; Feminist Daily Newswire 3/12/12
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .