Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D) faced Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in a debate yesterday where they addressed many feminist issues.
Regarding abortion, Boxer said, "If my opponent's views prevailed, women and doctors would be criminals, they would go to jail. Women would die, like they did before Roe v. Wade," reported the Los Angeles Times. Fiorina tried to redirect the debate to the economy and said "the most important issue right now in this election is the creation of jobs," after she reiterated her support for overturning Roe v. Wade.
Regarding same-sex marriage, Boxer said, "The only way to get the rights that married couples have is to go for marriage equality...I'm glad to say I believe people are coming around to see it." Fiorina expressed opposition to same-sex marriages and said she favors civil unions. Both candidates support the repeal of "Don't Ask, Donít Tell."
Carly Fiorina won the primary for the Republican ticket in June after defeating opponents former Congressman Tom Campbell and State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO is a strict conservative and opponent to abortion and gay rights. She is also a former spokeswoman for John McCain's 2008 campaign.
Senator Boxer has served for 17 years in the US Senate and currently chairs the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues. Boxer is also a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. She has fought for a wide array of women's rights ranging from reversing the global gag rule, which President Barack Obama repealed during the first days of his presidency, to championing the Afghan Women Empowerment Act.
Media Resources: Los Angeles Times 9/2/10; Feminist Daily Newswire 6/9/10
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. . . .