Rape Victim Jailed, Denied EC After Reporting Crime
A Florida college student was arrested over the weekend after reporting her rape to the police. The woman, who has requested to remain anonymous, was taken into custody when police officers found a warrant for her from 2003 that accused her of failing to pay restitution for theft, which was described as a "paperwork snafu" by the victim's mother, FOX reports. While under arrest, the woman was unable to receive her second dose of emergency contraception (EC) because of a jail worker's religious beliefs, the AP reports.
"Shocked. Stunned. Outraged. I don't have words to describe it," said attorney Vic Moore, the AP reports. "She is not a victim of any one person. She is a victim of the system. There's just got to be some humanity involved when it�s a victim of rape."
According to Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy, a new policy is now in place where anyone who is suspected of a misdemeanor is not taken into custody if they are a victim of a sex crime.
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. . . .