Denise Majette Makes History with US Senate Nomination
Denise Majette became the first woman and the first black candidate nominated to the US Senate in Georgia following her Democratic runoff victory Tuesday. Majette, a pro-choice first-term member of Congress who earned a 100 percent rating from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, easily defeated her opponent, businessman Cliff Oxford. Aside from its history-making aspects, Majette’s campaign was remarkable for its small budget and strong emphasis on grassroots organizing. Because of her limited spending capability, Majette ran no TV ads in her primary campaign, reports the Associated Press, instead relying on a grassroots effort that took her message to the streets to reach voters.
Majette will face a tough race against Republican Johnny Isakson in November in a race that many say has little chance of victory, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Isakson is well known in Georgia and, like Majette’s opponent in the primary, has much more money to spend. Majette, however, remains committed, telling the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “They called me a long shot before; now they call me congresswoman.” If elected, Majette will be the only black woman serving in the US Senate and the first since Illinois Senator Carol Moseley Braun, who left the Senate in 1999.
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. . . .