Abortion Foe Plans to Violate Women’s Privacy on Television Show
Dave Leach, an anti-abortion extremist and candidate for the Iowa House of Representatives, plans to air footage of women entering and exiting a Des Moines Planned Parenthood clinic on his local cable access show "The Uncle Ed Show." "By shining a light on wickedness, I’m hopeful people will be awakened," said Leach, according to TheIowaChannel.com. The cable company that airs Leach’s show, Mediacom, has said that it will not air the show unless the women’s faces have been obscured. However, Leach objects to this requirement because his stated purpose is to keep women from going to the Planned Parenthood clinic, according to the Associated Press. "The Uncle Ed Show" has been the subject of controversy in the past because of episodes which demonstrated bomb making techniques and discussed killing doctors who perform abortion, according to the Des Moines Register.
A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa pointed out that Planned Parenthood clinics offer a variety of reproductive health services for women, such as Pap smears, pregnancy tests, and STD testing — abortions represent only 2 percent of the services provided. The footage taken by Leach and his cameraman, noted anti-abortion extremist Jonathan O’Toole, will also be broadcast on Neal Horsley’s notorious site, AbortionCams.com.
Abortion rights’ advocates argue that this exposure unnecessarily places women using reproductive health clinics at risk of harm, particularly since the Website features dripping blood icons and a link to the Nuremberg Files site, which lists the names of doctors who perform abortions and crosses them out when they are killed by radical anti-abortionists.
Media Resources: TheIowaChannel.com 8/20/02; Des Moines Register 8/22/02; Associated Press 8/23/02
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. . . .