A coalition of groups including Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and NARAL held a press conference in Washington DC Tuesday. The press conference launched their campaign against the proposed abortion ban in South Dakota.
The ballot initiative would amend the state constitution to prohibit "abortions except in cases where the mother's life or health is at risk, and in cases of rape and incest." However, Planned Parenthood Action Fund president Cecile Richards stated that the authors of the ban "are being deceptive by characterizing this proposed law as more reasonable and less restrictive. The truth is that this ban would be the most rigid and inflexible ban on abortion in the United States," according to the Guardian.
Sarah Stoesz, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota stated that this ballot measure "is part of a well thought through strategy of the right" that focuses on going to the grassroots. Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, corroborated Stoesz's statement when he explained that there is a well-documented strategy by the right to find the one case that could overturn Roe v. Wade.
Media Resources: CO Secretary of State; The Guardian, 8/12/08; National Public Radio, 8/12/08
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. . . .