Student Protests Continue in CA, Feminist Activists Play Part
Feminist campus activists have played a key role in student protests across the University of California system, which have been ongoing since a decision Friday to raise student tuition and fees by 32 percent. According to the New York Times, the increase is approximately $2,500 per student, per year. The University of California currently faces a $1 billion budget gap, and has received $716 million in federal stimulus funds, reported the New York Times.
Protesters occupied a campus building and hundreds rallied outside at UC Los Angeles on Friday after the system's Board of regents voted in favor of the fee hike, accordin to the LA Times. Approximately 70 students at UC Santa Cruz peacefully vacated an administrative building they had occupied for three days after being threatened to be arrested, according to CNN. At UC Berkeley, up to 50 protesters briefly occupied a campus building on Friday and more than 500 rallied outside against the fee increases, reported the Wall Street Journal.
To read more about the protests from a feminist campus activist's point of view, go here.
Media Resources: New York Times 11/22/09; CNN 11/22/09; LA Times 11/19/09; Wall Street Journal 11/21/09
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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.
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