Charlie Crist, the former Florida Republican governor, announced his support for President Barack Obama in an editorial in the Tampa Bay Times Sunday on the eve of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Crist, who is now registered independent, applauded President Obama's actions as president, citing his efforts to improve the economy, infrastructure, education, and healthcare. He remarked "President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida, and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes."
Crist also addressed his former party, stating that some Republicans "[have] pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they've proven incapable of governing for the people. Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion, even for rape victims." Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) stirred up controversy by claiming that victims of "legitimate rape" do not get pregnant when discussing abortion exceptions for rape. The draft Republican platform expected to be adopted at this week's convention once again includes a "human life amendment" to the Constitution. The proposed amendment would ban all abortion with no exceptions as well as some forms of contraception.
Crist will speak at the Democratic National Convention, according to ABC news.
As governor of Florida, Crist vetoed a house bill that would have required women to view an ultrasound and listen to a description of the fetus before having an abortion. The bill also stripped funding for elective abortions. The bill was later signed into law by Crist's successor, current Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Media Resources: Huffington Post 8/27/12; ABC News 8/27/12; Tampa Bay Times 8/26/12; Feminist Newswire 8/24/12; Feminist Newswire 8/21/12; Tampa Bay Times 6/12/10
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
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. . . .