Two Women To Compete For Hawaii’s Top Executive Spot
For only the second time in US history, two women will face off in a general election for governor. Vying for Hawaii’s top position, Democrat Mazie Hirono, two-term lieutenant governor, will face Republican Linda Lingle, the former mayor of Maui. The two women both won their respective party primaries this weekend in the nation’s last primary race before the November general election. On important women’s issues such as abortion, the two candidates differ, according to the Honolulu Advertiser. Hirono said she considers abortion “such a fundamental right” that the state should not intrude. Lingle, on the other hand, claims that she supports a woman's right to an abortion but also believes that the state needs to pass tougher parental consent laws for minors seeking an abortion and opposes certain late-term abortion procedures.
US Representative Patsy Mink (D-HI) also coasted to victory in Hawaii this weekend, garnering 83 percent of the vote for her 13th term in Congress. Mink, 74, was the overwhelming victor in the Democratic primary despite the fact that she has been hospitalized for viral pneumonia and has not spoken publicly for more than three weeks.
Currently, there are five woman governors and that number could more than double this year. Last week, Massachusetts’ Shannon O'Brien became the eighth woman to win a Democratic gubernatorial nomination so far this year – she is joined by Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer in Alaska, state Attorney General Janet Napolitano in Arizona, state Treasurer Jimmie Lou Fisher in Arkansas, state Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Sebelius in Kansas, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in Maryland, state Attorney General Jennifer Granholm in Michigan and former state Sen. Myrth York in Rhode Island.
Washington Post 9/23/02; Associated Press 9/23/02, 9/22/02; Feminist Daily News 9/18/02
Media Resources: Washington Post 9/23/02; Associated Press 9/23/02, 9/22/02; Feminist Daily News 9/18/02
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. . . .