Students in Arizona are rallying support around the nation against an anti-abortion fundraising campaign led by professional baseball players and executives. Last month, Jerry Colangelo, Arizona Diamondbacks CEO, announced the Battin’ 1000 campaign to raise $1 million for the American Life League (ALL), an organization that opposes abortion in all cases, including rape, incest, and when the mother’s life is in danger. ALL will be using the money to build the “Campus for Life,” with the intention of lending academic credibility to the anti-abortion movement.
Students for Choice (SFC) is leading a campaign to send e-mails to Colangelo criticizing his endorsement of Battin’ 1000. The campaign to “flood” Colangelo’s mailbox has been so successful that it has been recognized by ALL and the Center for AZ Policy (a local anti-choice group), according to Students for Choice. SFC is encouraging supporters to keep sending emails because “Colangelo’s anti-choice, anti-women agenda does more than annoy us.”
As the students are rallying against the anti-abortion campaign, the state Senate is on its way to passing legislation that would ensure that rape victims are offered emergency contraception (EC). According to The Daily Dispatch, Sen. Linda Binder (R-Lake Havasu City) said that the legislation aims to make sure that rape victims “are not victimized again” with pregnancy. The bill passed the preliminary vote 17-10 but objections over giving the pill to juveniles without parental consent are still being debated, The Dispatch reports.
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
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. . . .