Vice President Al Gore has selected Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman to be his running mate, confirming that the Democratic presidential ticket will remain staunchly in favor of abortion rights. During his 12 years in the U.S. Senate, Lieberman has consistently voted for a woman's right to choose and has worked to preserve the constitutional right for women to have safe and legal abortion services. Lieberman cosponsored the Freedom of Choice Act which would have codified Roe v. Wade under federal law, and he voted to repeal the Hyde amendment which bans Medicaid coverage for abortion services for low-income women. In addition to voting for the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) which works to prevent abortion clinic violence, Lieberman has also opposed a federal ban on safe abortion procedures. Gore's decision to pick Lieberman as his running mate also marks the first time there will be a Jewish vice presidential candidate in American history.
Media Resources: Associated Press, August 7, 2000 and NARAL Vice Presidential Report Card on Choice
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. . . .