Statement from Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority in Response to Karen Hughes' Comparison of the Values of Pro-Choice Americans to Those of Terrorists:
Karen Hughes, calling criticism of her comments likening the values of pro-choice marchers to those of terrorists a "gross distortion," again invokes September 11th by saying, "We have been reminded [by September 11th] of the precious nature of human life."
My questions remain:
Is she prepared to defend Administration policies that are contributing to the deaths of tens of thousands of women in the developing nations by limiting access to effective contraceptives? And is she prepared to defend limiting access to condoms for men while preaching abstinence-only as the face of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa becomes a young married woman? Is she prepared to defend policies in the United States that limit access to contraceptives and preach abstinence-only sex education while contributing to the need for abortion?
Or is she simply continuing a White House policy of invoking September 11th to stifle all legitimate dissent? During the Cold War criticism was stifled with “red baiting” — are we now going to stifle criticism with “terrorist baiting”?
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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. . . .