Lynne Cheney has her own conservative record to back feminists' concerns about a possible Bush-Cheney White House. In today's New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott called her "fantastic," and some top Republicans feel she deserves a cabinet appointment in a G.W. Bush presidency. Cheney served as Chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the Reagan and Bush administrations, pushing an increasingly conservative ideology. Cheney was accused of pushing multicultural projects aside for more "traditional" ones, and chides so-called "cultural relativists" for "taking over American art, literature and education." While at the NEH, Cheney supported funding a film about the civil war, but barred funding a film about Christopher Columbus's violent treatment of Native Americans. She also supports teaching a Western centrist view of history and culture. Lynne Cheney serves as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where her husband is a trustee, promoting conservative values in American culture and education. Her educational stance includes support of school vouchers, which would greatly endanger the public school system and further blur the separation of church and state. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Independent Women's Forum, an ultra-conservative organization that takes an anti-woman, anti-choice, anti-affirmative action stance and promotes modesty for women as a way to combat discrimination and sexual assault.
Media Resources: NY Times 26 July 2000 "One Last Observation" (cheney's article) "Old-Style Decorum, Decency Sound Good" (amy holmes article) CNN 25 July 2000
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. . . .