Prescribe Choice Hits Fever Pitch: Emergency Contraception Action Day and More Activism!
The Feminist Majority Foundation's Emergency Contraception
Over-the-Counter (ECOTC) campaign is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to allow women to access EC over the counter without a prescription so that it can be easily and quickly accessible to all women in the United States. The December 7th National Day of Action for the ECOTC Campaign was a success! Students across the country took part in a collective action, petitioning and educating their communities about the campaign to show support for EC.
Outreaching to their community, the TEXAS WOMAN’S UNIVERSITY FMLA collected over one hundred signatures for our petition to the Food and Drug Administration. FMF interns, volunteers, and campus staff in our Washington D.C. area collected 461 EC OTC signatures while petitioning a high traffic marketplace. Over the course of the semester, the UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA FMLA collected over 600 signatures while tabling for the ECOTC campaign.
At their annual “Freedom Fest” concert fundraiser, the SUNY STONY BROOK raised over $1500 to processing rape kits at a local hospital and educated for increased access to Emergency Contraception for rape and sexual assault survivors. According to Christine Tanaka, FMLA leader, “It was an amazing event... the turnout was great and everyone was just really enthusiastic.” The group also collected ECOTC petitions during the event and sold t-shirts, bumper stickers, and buttons.
Feminists across the country continue to keep up the struggle to make EC available over-the-counter! Post this online petition to your listserv and recommend the petition to your friends.
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. . . .