While millions of Americans lack health insurance, the President's budget slashes health care programs. Bush proposes cutting almost $178 billion from Medicare and $17 billion from Medicaid programs over the next 5 years. Under the Bush budget, Medicaid Family Planning Services would lose $570 million in funding in one year alone, according to the National Women�s Law Center.
"The President is proposing to once again slash health care coverage for seniors and low-income working Americans. The President's cuts are exactly the wrong medicine when the cost of health care and the number of uninsured continue to rise and families are feeling economically insecure," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in the Washington Post.
Under Bush�s proposed budget, Department of Justice programs aimed at combating violence against women would face cuts up to $100 million, over 25%. According to the Daily Women�s Health Policy Report, chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) said Bush's proposed budget will be "dead on arrival" in Congress.
Media Resources: Daily Women�s Health Policy Report 2/4/08; Feminist Daily Newswire; Washington Post 2/1/08; National Women�s Law Center Press Release 2/4/08
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. . . .