Wichita Pro-Choice Community Rallies Behind Dr. Tiller
As they marked the 35th anniversary of the landmark US Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, supporters gathered today outside the Women�s Health Care Services clinic in Wichita, Kansas. The clinic is run by Dr. George Tiller, one of the few remaining providers of late-term abortion care.
Dr. Tiller is currently the target of a grand jury investigation in Kansas. The investigation is the result of a citizen petition circulated by anti-abortion extremist groups. Kansas is one of six states that allow citizens to petition for a grand jury to convene. This grand jury is the second to be created by anti-abortion extremists through petition drives in 18 months. Last year, a grand jury reviewed the death of one of Dr. Tiller�s patients, but found no evidence whatsoever of any wrongdoing.
Diane Wahto, a Wichita women�s rights activist stated, �We are here today to let Dr. Tiller know how much we appreciate all he has done for the women of Wichita and women from across the country who come here when they have nowhere left to turn. For 35 years, Dr. Tiller has helped women when few other doctors can help. We want Dr. Tiller to know that Wichita Stands with him. We also salute the staff of Women�s Health Care Services for their dedication and caring in the face of ongoing harassment.
"Today marks 35 years of safe and legal abortion in this country. Prior to the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, countless women in this country died and were injured as a result of back-alley abortions. We will never go back."
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. . . .