Wisconsin State Senate Approves EC Access for Rape Victims
The Wisconsin state Senate voted 25-6 to pass the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims bill last week. The bill mandates that all hospitals in the state provide rape victims with information on and access to Emergency Contraception (EC). EC is a single dose medication that prevents pregnancy when taken within 120 hours of unprotected sex. Plan B is the most commonly used EC, and has an 89% success rate in preventing unintended pregnancies if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, reports Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health
Sara Finger, director of Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, told the Badger Herald that "more than two-thirds of Wisconsin hospitals do not unconditionally provide emergency contraception to rape victims." Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, stated that the vote "cast partisan politics aside and did the right thing for rape victims", reported the Daily Cardinal.
The bill was protested by religious and anti-abortion groups. They claim that emergency contraception is a form of abortion and that morally opposed hospital workers should not have to administer the drug.
Governor Jim Doyle is a supporter of the bill. He is expected to sign it into state law soon.
Media Resources: Daily Cardinal 02/29/08; Badger Herald 02/29/08; Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .