The Feminist Majority attended a forum discussion yesterday with a coalition of women's rights leaders to announce their endorsement of former Virginia governor Tim Kaine for United States Senator. Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal was joined by Bonnie Grabenhofner, executive vice president of the National Organization for Women; Sheila Coates, Black Women United for Action*; and Susan Scanlan, Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations*.
Smeal said in a press release, "This is one of the most important Senate races for women in 2012. There is a stark difference between Tim Kaine and George Allen on women's issues. Simply put, Kaine will support policies to increase women's health access, to win women's pay equity, to work for civil rights for all and to further early childhood education and expand educational opportunity, and to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Allen will not."
The forum emphasized the achievements of Kaine, but also put forth his vision for Senate. Smeal noted the importance of Kaine's work as a former civil rights and fair housing attorney, as well as his commitment to expanding educational opportunities. Kaine pledges to support federal policies that 'treat all equally without regard to race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation'. Moreover, Smeal emphasized that "Kaine recognizes that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are fundamental and he will fight to protect and strengthen them and oppose efforts to privatize Medicare and Social Security".
*Organizational Affiliation of Coates and Scanlan for Identification Purposes Only
Media Resources: Feminist Majority Press Release 10/16/12
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. . . .