Governor Breaks Promise and Alters Abortion Policy in Alaska
Governor Frank Murkowski (R) of Alaska broke an election-year promise made in 2002 when he signed a bill into law affecting abortion policy last week. The “informed consent” law will require women to certify in writing that they have received all the information concerning abortion that will be posted on a new website to be created by the state. The governor appealed to pro-choice Republican women in his state during his campaign two years ago for their support with a pledge that he would not seek to change the abortion policy in Alaska, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
The "objective and unbiased" website described in state Senate Bill 30 will include information about fetal development, photos of the typical "unborn child" at various stages of pregnancy, and possible risks and complications of the abortion procedure, specifically physical and psychological effects. The site will also provide information about medical assistance benefits, child support orders, and several methods of contraception, Kaisernetwork.org reports. Finally, the bill requires doctors to inform a woman seeking an abortion exactly what the gestational age of the fetus is. All of these requirements can be waived if the pregnancy was the result of rape or sexual abuse, or if the woman's health is at risk.
Planned Parenthood of Alaska stated in a press release last week that all medical procedures require "informed consent" by law. Planned Parenthood continued, saying that the bill is meant to shame the women of Alaska who are exercising their right to an abortion, the Associated Press reports.
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7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .