Gonzales Says Roe Not 'Settled Law' for Roberts as a Supreme Court Justice
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that as a Supreme Court Justice, John Roberts would not be bound by precedent on abortion rights as he was as an appeals court judge. Roberts had said during his 2003 hearing to become a judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals that Roe v. Wade is “settled law,” but Gonzales said in an interview with the Associated Press yesterday, “If you’re asking a circuit court judge, like Judge Roberts was asked, yes, it is settled law because you’re bound by precedent. If you’re a Supreme Court justice, that’s a different question, because a Supreme Court justice is not obliged to follow precedent if you believe it’s wrong.”
“Clearly, Judge Roberts’ answer on Roe v. Wade in his earlier confirmation hearings is meaningless for his Supreme Court nomination,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “Everything we know about Judge Roberts' record thus far indicates that he will be a solid vote against the right to privacy, affirmative action, Title IX, Roe v. Wade, and the list goes on. If he is to be confirmed by senators who support women's rights, he must say where he truly stands on Roe and the right to privacy."
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. . . .