NOW members protested a Trenton, New Jersey hearing where Mike Tyson sought to renew his boxing license.
The New Jersey Athletic Control Board met to discuss Tyson’s boxing license after Nevada regulators revoked it after Tyson bit the ear of Evander Holyfield in a June 28, 1997 title bout in Las Vegas. Bear Atwood, president of New Jersey’s NOW chapter, said that Tyson’s 1992 conviction for raping a Rhode Island college student should be equally weighed when considering the boxer’s license application. “It goes back to the rape,” she said. “To give a boxing license to a convicted rapist would be an insult to every woman in our state.”
While most witnesses at the hearing discussed the ear-biting, several were asked to comment on the rape conviction. Former lightweight champion Bobby Czyz said, “I don’t think that particular crime has any relevance today... He did his time.” Atwood, wearing a sticker that read “Stop Honoring and Rewarding Violent Athletes” said the biting incident only shows Tyson has not changed. Commenting on the fact that Tyson lost his temper and started started swearing at the panel during the hearing, Atwood said, “He’s here to say, ‘I’m a reformed man’ and he can’t even make it through a hearing.”
“He has been a man out of control in his personal life and in his public life for a long time,” she added.
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. . . .