Women’s Rights Groups Announce Joint Campaign to Block Alito
The Feminist Majority Foundation, with the National Organization for Women and the National Congress of Black Women, today announced Freedom Winter '06, part of a joint campaign to stop the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. “Make no mistake about it: Alito is no Sandra Day O’Connor,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF). “As the pioneering woman on the Supreme Court, Justice O’Conner has been the fifth vote to preserve affirmative action and the right to abortion. The appointment of a reactionary judge like Samuel Alito to O’Connor’s seat could reverse decades of progress for women.”
In the spirit of Freedom Summer 1964, when thousands of students from across the country traveled to Mississippi and other Southern states to register and mobilize African American voters in unprecedented numbers, Freedom Winter ’06 is mobilizing students to save women’s rights and civil rights. “[T]he message from women, especially young women, [is]: This is a fight for our future, and we are ready,” said Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women.
“Young women are committed to defeating Alito because we have the most to lose if he is confirmed – Alito’s confirmation could delay progress for women and roll back the clock on women’s rights for generations to come,” said Crystal Lander, FMF Campus Program Director.
“Young people are coming to Washington, DC from colleges and universities in 35 states, giving up their winter vacations to help block Alito’s confirmation because they don’t want to lose rights necessary for modern life,” said Smeal.
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. . . .