Florida Governor Indicates Plans to Veto Anti-Choice Bill
Florida Governor Charlie Crist (I) suggested yesterday that he plans to veto a bill that would require women in their first-trimester of pregnancy to undergo and pay for an ultrasound before getting an abortion in the state. Crist, a former Republican who recently announced that he is going to run for the Senate as an Independent, said that he objects to requiring women to pay for forced ultrasounds and that he intends to act on the bill as quickly as possible.
The bill, which was sent to Crist on June 7, also requires women to watch the live ultrasound image or have it described to them by a doctor, reported CBS4. According to CBS4, only women who can prove that they were victims of rape, incest, or domestic violence could be exempt from these requirements.
Crist has been targeted by the Republican Party after announcing his decision to run as an Independent. According to the Pensacola News Journal, Republican leaders are using the bill to make Crist choose a stance on abortion. Crist has a primarily anti-chioce record.
According to the New York Times, 20 states have laws that encourage or require women to view ultrasounds prior to getting an abortion. Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi require doctors to conduct ultrasounds prior to performing abortions,.At least 11 states have passed laws placing restrictions on abortion over the course of the past year, reported the New York Times.
Media Resources: New York Times 6/2/10; New York Times 5/27/10; Pensacola News Journal 6/8/10; Orlando Sentinel 6/8/10; CBS4 6/8/10
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. . . .