Women's Rights Protesters In Mexico Force Legislatures To Overturn Anti-Abortion Bill
Earlier this month legislatures in the state of Guanajuato passed a bill blocking women's access to abortion even in cases of rape. Through the relentless efforts of women's rights and abortion rights protesters coordinated by 29 year-old Veronica Cruz Sanchez, the bill will be overturned and not become law. Also, the move to overturn the bill signals that president-elect Vicente Fox and the National Action Party (PAN) are forced to cautiously draft and consider national policies independent of the Roman Catholic Church. Members of Mexico's Roman Catholic Archdiocese have stated that "even on the case of pregnancy that is the result of rape, we must ask the woman to accept the mysterious designs of God." Women's rights and abortion rights advocates have suspected that this argument of the Roman Catholic Church greatly influenced legislatures of Guanajuato and members of PAN to create restrictions to abortions in cases of rape.
Media Resources: The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/library/world/americas/082900mexico-abortion.html) 29 August 2000
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. . . .