Following an overwhelming victory in Tuesday’s special election, Jackie Speier will be sworn into the US House of Representatives today. Speier won 77 percent of the votes to fill the seat for California’s 12th district. The seat has been vacant, following the death of Rep. Tom Lantos from esophageal cancer.
Speier was endorsed by Lantos himself after he announced that he would not be seeking another term due to his illness. She is also supported by the Feminist Majority PAC, NOW, and Emily’s List. Speier will face the many of the same opponents from the special election in the June 3rd Democratic primary and the general election in November, according to San Francisco Chronicle.
"It was a tremendous victory, but now it's already time to get to work... We've got a lot of work to do -- to end the war in Iraq, rejuvenate our economy, make quality health care available to all Americans, protect our environment, fight global warming -- the list goes on and on," said Speier in a statement to her supporters..
Media Resources: San Francisco Chronicle 4/10/08; Mercury News 4/10/08; Jackie Speier statement 4/9/08
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. . . .