This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives began its impeachment debate. A vote could come either late today or Saturday.
If the House votes to impeach President Clinton, he will face a Senate trial that will begin next year and is likely to last several months. A two-thirds majority of the Senate must vote against President Clinton in order to remove him from office, a prospect which is possible, but unlikely.
Last night, incoming House Speaker Robert Livingston admitted in a private meeting of House Republicans that he had engaged in several extramarital affairs. Livingston was forced to come clean about the affairs after he learned that individuals were exploring his personal life.
In particular, Hustler magazine had recently offered a reward to individuals who could provide proof of affairs with Congressional members. In an interview with the Associated Press, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt revealed that four women had come forward, alleging affairs with Livingston. Flynt said that some of the women were from Livingston's home district in Louisiana, and that one lived in the Washington area.
Livingston, who revealed his adulterous affairs only when it was clear that he could no longer hide them, claimed that his affairs were completely different than Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky because, "These indiscretions were not with employees on my staff, and I have never been asked to testify under oath about them."
Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal told the Boston Globe, "The hypocrisy of the Republican right wing that is driving this impeachment is shocking."
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. . . .