On Tuesday, both New Jersey and Virginia elected pro-choice governors to lead their states. Jim McGreevey (D) won the New Jersey gubernatorial contest with 56 percent of the vote, beating vocally anti-choice Bret Shundler. Exit polls indicate that voters supporting McGreevey were also concerned primarily about the economy and education. Schundler is for school vouchers. In Virginia, 52 percent of voters elected pro-choice candidate Mark Warner (D) for governor. Warner beat staunchly anti-choice Republican candidate Mark Earley (R) who opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest.
Cleveland, Ohio and Annapolis, Maryland elected women governors for the first time in their respective histories. Jane Campbell (D), a long-time feminist activist, won the Cleveland mayoral election with 54 percent of the vote. Campbell is the former field director of ERA America and has served in the Ohio state legislature for twelve-years. In Annapolis, voters elected Ellen Moyer (D) to be their next mayor. Moyer served as Executive Director of the Maryland Commission for Women where she helped form domestic violence shelters. She has also been a supporter of sexual harassment laws in Maryland.
Media Resources: Washington Post, 11/07/01; New York Times, 11/07/01; Plain Dealer, 11/07/01; Maryland NARAL, Moyen for Mayor
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .