NARAL Releases Vice Presidential Report Card on Choice
After examining the records and views of the ten most frequently mentioned potential Republican and Democratic vice presidential candidates, NARAL released a Report Card on Choice, with 7 out of the 10 Republican candidates receiving an "F" with comments such as "appalling job," "dreadful work," and "disappointing." The majority of the Democratic candidates received an "A" for voting on choice issues using descriptions like "outstanding" for Senator Dianne Feinstein and "a superlative performance" for Governor Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire. House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, the most recently mentioned of the Democratic vice presidential candidates, received only a "C" on choice issues because he voted to criminalize safe abortion procedures used prior to fetal viability even if the woman's health is in danger, he refused to cosponsor the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) which would have codified Roe v. Wade under federal law, and he also voted to ban Medicaid coverage for abortion services for low-income women even in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. NARAL does note, though, that he "continues to show steady progress and improvement."
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .