Feminist Majority Endorses Heather Mizeur in Race for Maryland Governor
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Feminist Majority announced today its support for Del. Heather Mizeur in her bid to become governor of Maryland. Mizeur is an established state leader who fights for women's and human rights, health care access and education. If elected, Mizeur will become Maryland's first woman governor and the first openly gay governor in the nation.
Mizeur, a state delegate representing Montgomery County, is running one of the most progressive 2014 election campaigns in the country. A staunch protector of women's reproductive rights, Mizeur has been a leading force on expanding health care, creating new jobs and securing marriage rights for same-sex couples in Maryland.
"Maryland has a chance to make history by electing Heather Mizeur," said Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal. "I am extremely impressed with Heather's leadership in the General Assembly. If elected as governor, she will surely win advancements for Maryland's women, working families, young people and members of the LGBT community."
In 2008, Mizeur sponsored and passed the nation's first-ever Kids First Act, which targeted 100,000 minors who were eligible for but not enrolled in public health coverage. In 2009, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee and to a White House health reform advisory group. She sponsored and passed in 2011 the Family Planning Works Act to expand Medicaid family planning services to nearly 35,000 additional low-income Maryland women.
Mizeur has been called the "Maryland Health Care Hero" by the Daily Record and "one of the leading environmental advocates in the General Assembly" by the Baltimore Sun. She received NARAL's Choice Advocate Award, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Montgomery County’s State Hero Award and the Maryland Association of Resources for Family and Youth's Legislator of the Year Award.
Mizeur, in addition to Feminist Majority, has been endorsed by EMILY's List, Maryland NOW, National NOW and Women's Campaign Fund.
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. . . .