Christiane Amanpour to Anchor Sunday Morning's "This Week"
ABC announced yesterday that Christiane Amanpour will be the new anchor of the Sunday morning political talk show This Week. In August, Amanpour will join Candy Crowley, the new host of State of the Union as the only women currently anchoring Sunday political shows. Amanpour will be replacing George Stephanopoulos, who left This Week to become the anchor of Good Morning America in December 2009. Amanpour will also contribute to other ABC news programming and will anchor primetime documentaries for the network.
Amanpour has been at CNN for 27 years and is most well-known as their chief international correspondent. She became the anchor of her own show, "Amanpour" last year. At the risk of her own life, Amanpour was among the first television correspondents to bring the world's attention to the plight of women and girls under the brutal Taliban regime as it rose to power in Afghanistan.
ABC News President David Westin responded to criticism that Amanpour is an "out-of-the-box" choice with little background in domestic politics by saying, "We will continue to provide the best in interviews and analysis about domestic politics and policies. But now we will add to that an international perspective. All of us know how much the international and the domestic have come to affect one another -- whether it's global conflict, terrorism, humanitarian crises, or the economy," reported the Washington Post.
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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. . . .