Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) condemned recent attacks on women last week during a local radio interview while visiting the town of Homer, Alaska. Her remarks were in response to a call-in question from a constituent who asked about her position on reproductive rights.
Murkowski called the recent attacks made by radio show host Rush Limbaugh against Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown Law School student, "offensive, horribly offensive," reported the Homer News. She continued, "To have those kind of slurs against a woman...you had candidates who want to be our president not say, 'That's wrong. That's offensive.' They did not condemn the rhetoric."
Limbaugh called Fluke, who who was not allowed to testify at a House Committee hearing on the religious exemption on contraception coverage and women's health, a "slut" and a "prostitute." His initial comments included the remark, "What does it say about the college [sic] co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex." Since this initial incident and subsequent offensive remarks made by Limbaugh over 100 companies - including Ford, GM, Toyota, Allstate, Geico, Prudential, State Farm, McDonald's and Subway - have pulled their advertisements from the show, sending a strong message to radio show hosts that they will not support hate speech and misogyny.
During her interview, Senator Murkowski also said, "The right to a safe and legal abortion has been affirmed by the courts, and I stand by that...I will continue to support funding Planned Parenthood."
Media Resources: Homer News 4/4/2012; Feminist Daily Newswire 3/1/2012, 3/13. 2012
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. . . .