At a press conference on International Women's Day outside of Penn Station in New York City, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jerrald Nadler (D-NY) and several women's rights leaders urged New Yorkers to "get on the train" to Washington DC on April 25th to March for Women's Lives.
The speakers listed the top ten reasons to get on the train for the historic march, including the fact that reproductive freedom is in jeopardy and can be lost, abstinence-only education is gambling with the health of youth in New York and around the world, the Bush Administration wants to limit the freedom of women in New York and around the world to plan their families, and that the Administration has failed to support the ratification of the international women's rights treaty (CEDAW) eliminating all forms of discrimination against women.
According to Congressman Nadler, "The March for Women's Lives is expected to be one of the largest public demonstrations in support of women's reproductive freedom in history. It is critical that as many people as possible turn out for this event to show their support for a woman's right to choose."
Sara Hasan Nagy, of the Feminist Majority, said at the press conference, "Women and men from around the United States need to march on Washington, not only for the lives and freedom of our daughters and sisters but to give a voice to the women and girls around the world who are suffering and dying, as we speak, as a result of harmful international family planning policies such as the Global Gag Rule and the withdrawal of UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) funding."
Members of the Feminist Majority, the National Organization for Women, Women's Environment and Development Organization, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Planned Parenthood New York urged New Yorkers to make their voices heard by attending the march.
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. . . .