NJ Senate Passes Bill to Restore Funding to Clinics
Yesterday the New Jersey Senate passed a bill by a vote of 26 to 13 that would restore $7.5 million to the state's 58 women's health clinics. Last year, Governor Chris Christie (R) cut all family planning funding from the state's budget and vetoed the attempts of the state Senate and Assembly to restore it. The Senate bill will now move to the state Assembly for a vote.
Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck), who is sponsoring the bill, stated that six clinics have closed since Governor Chris Christie (R) cut funding last year. Weinberg stated, "Either you are for underserved women having access to proper health care, primary care physicians and yes, birth control, (or you're not). We are in the second decade of the 21st century. The fight over poor women's access to birth control I thought was finished a few generations ago."
Governor Christie said that he believes that Weinberg "is mischaracterizing women's access to health care," claiming that since women already have access to federally funded clinics, state funding is not necessary. Nevertheless, Christie announced that he would consider the bill as part of a larger budget deal.
Media Resources: National Partnership for Women and Families 5/24/11; Feminist Daily Newswire 5/23/11; Associated Press 5/23/11
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. . . .