Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Names New Inductees
Officials at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame recently named 10 coaches, former players and contributors to its third class of inductees. Honorees included Illinois coach Theresa Grentz and coach and general manager Van Chancellor of the WNBA's Houston Comets. Both are among the most well-known names in the ranks of modern coaching. Three members of the 1980 Olympic team were inducted, including LaTaunya Pollard, Rosie Walker and Holly Warlick, an assistant coach at her alma mater in Tennessee. Phyllis Holmes, the first female president of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics was selected, along with Linda Sharp, whose coaching career spans three decades and includes two national championships. Former amateur player Hazel Walker and Bulgarian star Vanya Voynova were honored
posthumously. The Hall now boasts 68 inductees.
Though hall of fame induction could suggest the deceleration of one's career, the novelty of the Women's Hall allows for its inductees to remain active in their careers. "I'm amazed," said Chancellor, "I still have some years to coach." Grentz also noted that she plans to keep coaching as long as she enjoys it.
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. . . .