San Francisco U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson extended the temporary restraining order on the anti-affirmative action initiative Prop. 209 by one week. The order prohibits either CA. Governor Pete Wilson or Attorney General Dan Lungren from implementing the measure until December 23rd. On the 23rd, Henderson will decide whether or not to grant a preliminary injunction freezing 209 until a trial is held to determine the measure's constitutionality.
California voters narrowly passed this deceptive measure in November by a 54 to 46 margin. Funded by right-wing foundations, contractors and conservative scholars, the initiative will wipe out equal opportunity programs for women and people of color. Opponents of the initiative are currently suing, claiming that it is unconstitutional because it discriminates against women and people of color.
Media Resources: The New York Times - December 17, 1996
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. . . .