Pro-Choice Virginia gubernatorial candidate Mark Warner (D), according to a recent Washington Post poll, enjoys a 10-point lead over his staunchly anti-choice opponent, Mark Earley (R). Earley opposes legal abortion even in cases of rape and incest and forged his strong anti-choice record while serving in the VA Senate and as VA Attorney General. In support of Warner, NARAL began a newspaper ad campaign yesterday in Virginia highlighting his pro-choice stance.
With the election fast approaching, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports that NJ gubernatorial candidate McGreevey (D), also pro-choice, is ahead in the polls there. McGreevey has won the endorsement of NARAL New Jersey PAC. Bret Schundler (R), McGreevey’s opponent, has been vocal about his anti-choice stance throughout the New Jersey governor’s race.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer also reports that pro-choice candidate Jane Campbell (D), running for mayor of Cleveland, has a 7-point lead in the polls against Raymond Pierce (D). Campbell, a long-time feminist activist, is the former field director of ERA America and has served in the Ohio state legislature for twelve-years.
Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
Media Resources: Washington Post Poll Virginia Governors Race: October 2001; Star-Ledger, 11/02/01; Plain Dealer, 11/02/01; NARAL Press Releases, 11/01/01 and 10/24/01; NARAL Fact Sheets
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. . . .