Terri Sewell earned the Democratic nomination last night in Alabama's 7th District, securing 55% of the vote. If she wins the general election in November, she will become Alabama's first female and first African American female to be elected to Congress.
Sewell's campaign fought for her victory, raising over a million dollars through fundraising, as compared to her competitor's $136,000, reports Politics365. She now faces Republican nominee Don Chamberlain in the general election. Political analysts predict that the Selma native's run-off victory means she has a strong chance of winning the general election in her mostly Democratic, African-American district.
"When I get to Washington we all get to Washington," Sewell told supporters during a post-election celebration.
Sewell is a graduate of Princeton University, Harvard Law School, and Oxford. After law school, Sewell returned to Alabama, where she became one of the few African American finance lawyers in the state, according to her campaign website.
Of having more women in office, Sewell has said "I know that when women are at the table, issues of families and children really get decided and discussed. Just watching the health care debate, and the fact that the Stupak amendment got defeated is a very good example of how having effective women legislators in Congress makes a difference."
Media Resources: Politic365 7/14/10; Congressional Quarterly 7/13/10; Sewell for Congress
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. . . .