US Supreme Court Session Begins Monday; Affirmative Action on Docket
The US Supreme Court will resume next Monday, and the coming session promises tough cases on some of the most controversial issues of our time, including affirmative action, the separation of church and state, the death penalty, and racial profiling. In Adarand Constructors, Inc v. Mineta, the Court will decide the constitutionality of an affirmative action program designed to increase minority contracts in federal highway construction. The Court ruled in Adarand I that the affirmative action program then in effect was subject to strict constitutional scrutiny. Since that ruling, affirmative action rules have been rewritten, and the Tenth Circuit Court upheld those modified rules. The Supreme Courtís ruling in Adarand II will be an important one for the future of affirmative action programs in public contracts.
As the Supreme Court session begins, feminists must remain vigilant against any anti-choice nominees. You can protect the Supreme Court and abortion rights by participating in the Feminist Majorityís Campaign at www.Million4Roe.com
Media Resources: American Civil Liberties Union, Press Release, 9/26/01
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. . . .