Personhood USA Criticizes Romney-Ryan Support of Rape Exception
Personhood USA criticized the Romney-Ryan ticket after the campaign announced it would not oppose abortion in cases of rape.
The "pro-life" organization originally praised Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan for his continued efforts to defend "personhood" - which could ban emergency contraception, birth control pills, and IUDs as well as all abortions, even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman or girl. It could even eliminate medical choices for women, including some cancer treatments, in vitro fertilization, and could allow the state to investigate and even prosecute a woman for a miscarriage. Ryan has a record of supporting anti-abortion legislation.
"We had hoped that Congressman Ryan would be a good influence on Governor Romney, considering Romney's liberal abortion record," Personhood USA Communication Director Jennifer Mason stated. "Reading today that babies conceived in rape should suffer the death penalty under a Romney-Ryan administration is extremely concerning, indicates that Congressman Ryan's pro-woman and pro-baby positions would have little influence if he wins the office of Vice President of the United States."
Despite the fact that the Romney-Ryan campaign has announced support for rape exceptions, the Republican Party platform approved by the platform committee on Tuesday includes a "human life amendment." The amendment would ban all abortion, outlaw many forms of contraception and in vitro fertilization, and criminalize miscarriages. Similar amendments promoted by the radical anti-choice group Personhood USA have been on the ballots in Colorado and Mississippi and have failed.
Media Resources: RH Reality Check 8/22/12; Personhood USA 8/21/12; NBC 8/21/12; Feminist Newswire 8/21/12; Feminist Newswire 8/13/12; Daily Kos 8/20/12
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. . . .