Bush Administration Urges Supreme Court to Reject Appeal By Anti-Abortion Extremists
The Bush administration urged the Supreme Court to deny a pending appeal by anti-abortion extremists who use "UN-WANTED" wild-west style posters and a Web site to terrorize abortion providers, the Washington Post reported. Solicitor General Ted Olson filed a brief Friday that said a lower court had correctly decided that the posters were not free speech protected by the first amendment but were "true threats" to the doctors' safety.
Olsonís brief quoted extensively from the recent Supreme Court case Virginia v. Black in which the high court ruled that cross burning was not protected free speech.
The pending appeal involves a suit filed in 1999 by Planned Parenthood of Oregon and four Oregon doctors listed on the wanted posters against 13 anti-abortion extremists and the anti-abortion groups American Coalition of Life Activists and Advocates for Life Ministries. In the case known as American Coalition of Life Activists vs. Planned Parenthood, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the extremists were liable for threats under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE). The defendants have asked the Supreme Court to review the case.
The anti-abortion group also helped to construct a Web site called the "Nuremberg Files" that lists abortion providers' personal information. On the Web site, the names of doctors who were murdered had lines through them crossing them off, and the names of those who had been wounded were marked in gray type.
The Supreme Court will likely decide this month whether to hear the case before adjournment for the summer recess, according to Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report.
Media Resources: Washington Post 6/3/03; Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report 6/3/03; Feminist Daily News 4/8/03
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. . . .