Schwarzenegger Hires Private Firm to Investigate Groping Allegations
Against the protests of women's rights advocates, Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger recently hired a private investigation firm to look into allegations that he groped at least 16 women in the past three decades. Women's groups and California Attorney General Bill Lockyer (D), a Schwarzenegger supporter, have called for an independent investigation. "If someone came to me and said I am working for Arnold Schwarzenegger and I want to investigate what you said about him, I wouldn't feel very secure," Helen Greico, executive director of the California National Organization for Women, told the Los Angeles Times. "An independent investigation would be the right call."
The inquiry into the allegations is meant to fulfill a campaign promise by Schwarzenegger, that he would address the charges that surfaced in the last days of the recall election by the LA Times. Schwarzenegger is reportedly upset with Lockyer for supposedly violating "attorney-client privilege," although this claim has been repeatedly dismissed by legal experts, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Lockyer has been accused of trivializing Schwarznegger's actions by calling it "frat boy behavior," according to the Times. Though he tried to clarify his remarks by explaining that in his mind, "frat-boy behavior runs from rowdy drunkenness to rape," women's rights groups are not convinced, the Times reports. "[Lockyer] should not be see-sawing back and forth. He should take a stand with women, not with Arnold," Greico told the Chronicle.
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. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .