Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, won big in her primary last night with over 80% of the vote. She beat back a challenge that had the backing of some Wall Street interests. Maloney is a champion of women's rights legislation including truth in advertising to curb misleading claims by so-called Crisis Pregnancy Centers, the Debbie Smith Act to reform DNA evidence collection in rape cases, the Equal Rights Amendment, and global women's rights. She was endorsed by the Feminist Majority PAC, NOW PAC, Emily's List, and a host of feminist leaders including Gloria Steinem. Maloney's primary win in this solid Democratic seat is tantamount to re-election.
Since Maloney is also a champion for consumers' rights, she had been targeted by the financial interests. Wall Street behavior was curbed by Maloney's Credit Cardholder's Bill of Rights, which she authored and championed. It went into effect this February and protects consumers from deceptive credit card practices resulting in astronomical interest payments.
Progressive feminist Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) won in the second district of the New Hampshire Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District against blue dog Katrina Swett. Kuster, a strong pro-choice candidate and supporter of women's rights legislation won by more than 2 to 1 (71%-29%) over anti-abortion rights candidate Swett. Both women have political legacies. Kuster, an attorney specializing in education and health law, is the daughter of the late state representative Susan McLane, a founder of NARAL Pro-Choice America, while Swett is the far more conservative daughter of the late U.S. Representative Tom Lantos from California, who was a human rights champion during his long tenure in Congress.
Also winning in Congressional primaries last night were the following pro-choice women incumbents who did not have strong challenges: Donna Edwards (D-MD), Congressional District 4; Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD); Carol Shea Porter (D-NH), Congressional District 1; Nikki Tsongas (MA-D), Congressional District 5; Gwen Moore, (D-WI), Congressional District 4; and Tammy Baldwin (WI-D), Congressional District 2.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .