An employee of the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City, Iowa was assaulted by a man last week who then attempted to break into the reproductive health clinic. The man, William Dennis Owens-Holst, grabbed the employee by the neck and arm, and threw her against a car before breaking a window and attempting to enter the clinic. The employee called the police, and Karen Kubby, executive director of the clinic, found Owens-Holst in the process of breaking in. He later told police he broke in “to break the fingers of the abortion doctors so they couldn’t kill babies,” reports the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Owens-Holst appeared in court this week on charges of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and assault, and faces more than six years in prison and over $9,000 in fines if convicted on all counts.
Kubby told the Iowa City Press-Citizen that Owens-Holst was not a familiar protester, and that following a sweep for explosives, the clinic opened just a half-hour later than usual on Monday.
Media Resources: KCRG-TV 5/17/06; Iowa City Press-Citizen 5/17/06
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. . . .