Female Police Officer Speaks Out in Domestic Violence Case
Tori-Lynn Heaton, a Rhode Island police officer, will testify against Joseph Fillion, her husband—a police officer who is charged with 12 counts of domestic violence. Jury selection began earlier this week, and the case will be heard in the Superior Court, Providence. Fillion also faces the felony charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. The case centers around 12 incidents of domestic violence allegedly perpetrated by Fillion against Heaton in 1998. Heaton spoke at FMF’s National Center for Women & Policing annual conference in March about police family violence, and vowed to speak out on the issue. Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of male law enforcement officers commit domestic violence abuse themselves.
Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation and Providence Journal - September 13, 2000 and P. Neidig, H. Russel and A. Seng, “Interspousal Aggression in Law Enforcement Families: A Preliminary Investigation.” Police Studies. 30-38. (1992).
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. . . .