Texas Lawmaker Introduces Bill Blocking Abortion Restrictions Until Death Penalty Banned
Texas House Representative Harold Dutton Jr. (D) has introduced HB45, a counter-measure that would halt any further abortion restrictions until the state bans capital punishment.
The text of the bill reads "Notwithstanding any other law, a law enacted on or after June 1, 2013, that restricts access to abortion or the availability of abortion does not take effect until 60 days after publication in the Texas Register of a finding of fact made by the attorney general that the state has abolished the use of the death penalty as a punishment available on final conviction of a criminal offense." HB45 is in response to the Texas legislature's recent passage of severe anti-abortion restrictions that threaten to close 37 of the state's 42 clinics. funny pictures with captionsfunny pictures
Last month Texas Senator Wendy Davis (D) successfully filibustered SB5, the bill's previous incarnation in the Senate; however, Texas Governor Rick Perry called a second special session in order to ensure its passage. Dutton previously attempted to attach a similar amendment to the House's original bill. funny images
Texas recently executed its 500th and 501st inmates and is due to execute another this month. Over half of the state's executions have occurred under Perry's administration. Texas leads the states for the number of executions. funny photos
Media Resources: Huffington Post 7/17/2013; Reuters 7/15/2013; Texas Legislator Online 7/8/2013; Feminist Newswire 7/15/2013, 6/27/2013, 6/26/2013
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. . . .