Bush's Social Security Proposal Would Hurt Women Worst
Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush is proposing a $900 billion plan to alter the Social Security system so that 2 percent of an employee's Social Security taxes would be placed in a private account for that person to control and invest as she or he wishes. Privatizing Social Security withholdings takes huge amounts of money out of the Social Security trust fund, which needs more money, not less, to remain stable and profitable. A weakened Social Security system means less support for many older people, 60 percent of whom are women. According to Judy Mann of The Washington Post, "It's a bad idea, and particularly bad for women."
Bush's privatization plan would be particularly detrimental to women because women typically earn less. A smaller paycheck means less money to invest in a private plan and less money to rely on in retirement. Women live an average of 7 years longer than men. These 7 years of additional annuities will cut into the total retirement package. And, women depend more on Social Security. Without it, 52.9 percent of women 65 and older would live in poverty-a figure that would become reality under Bush's plan.
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. . . .