Right Wing Blame Terrorism on Feminists, ACLU, Lesbians, Gays
Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson blame Tuesday’s tragedies on “God’s anger” at today’s “secular and anti-Christian” America, echoing the sentiments of the militant anti-abortion group Operation Save America (OSA). “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way – all of them who have tried to secularize America – I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.’,” said Falwell on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s 700 Club. Referring to pro-choice groups such as the Feminist Majority Foundation, Falwell stated, “The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked.”
Ralph Neas of the People for the American Way called the remarks, “inappropriate and irresponsible,” given President Bush’s call for national unity. ACLU told the Washington Post they will not dignify the remarks with a comment. Feminist Majority Foundation President, Eleanor Smeal, stated, “This mentality doesn’t surprise us. Unfortunately and tragically, it is consistent with what these Right Wing leaders have said in the past.”
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. . . .