Bush Nominates Anti-UN Candidate for Ambassador to the UN
Earlier this week, President Bush nominated John Bolton to be the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, angering women's rights and human rights advocates. According to Citizens for Global Solutions, Bolton has a history of hostility towards the United Nations, international law, and the International Criminal Court (ICC).
As President George W. Bush’s Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, Bolton spearheaded US opposition to the ICC, reports the Washington Post and even stated that the day he signed the letter taking away the US signature to the Rome Statute was “the happiest moment of my government service.” Bolton also opposed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the international bio-weapons conference, the ban on chemical weapons and the nuclear test ban, according to Americans for Democratic Action.
Women’s rights advocates are extremely concerned about Bolton’s disregard of the ICC. The ICC has widespread support in the US from groups such as the Feminist Majority because it identifies gender crimes and the crime of apartheid as crimes against humanity. Article 7 of the Rome Statute, which created the court, presents clear language that defines rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity as gender crimes.
Media Resources: Associated Press 3/9/05; Americans for Democratic Action 3/9/05; Washington Post 3/8/05; Citizens for Global Solutions 3/7/05
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. . . .