WI Salon Shooting Followed Domestic Violence Arrest
Yesterday morning 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton allegedly gunned down seven women at the salon where his estranged wife worked, killing three of them, including his wife, Zina Houghton, before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life. Although the details of the case are still coming to light, it is clear that this was not the first instance of violence in their relationship, which has been clearly documented in the past weeks with court orders and police reports.
On October 4th Houghton was arrested for allegedly slashing his wife's tires outside of the same salon, and on Thursday she successfully acquired a four-year restraining order against him. He was also ordered to turn over all of his weapons to the sheriff's department.
As Feministing points out, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has collected statistics that illustrate the deadly combination of domestic violence and easy access to guns in the lives of women. In fact, "women are more than twice as likely to be shot to death by their male intimates as they are to be shot, stabbed, strangled or killed in any other way by a stranger."
Media Resources: ABC News 10/21/12, 10/22/12; CNN 10/22/12; NY Times 10/21/12; Feministing 10/22/12
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. . . .