Yesterday US District Court Judge Thomas Marten ruled that the state of Kansas must continue to distribute federal family planning funds to the Dodge City Family Planning Clinic after a law went into effect on July 1 banning Title X family planning funding from going to the clinic. The law requires that the state allocate all federal family planning money to hospitals and public health departments. The Dodge City Clinic indicated that unless the funding is restored, the clinic would be forced to close in a few weeks. The clinic's closure would affect approximately 650 women, many of whom are low income.
Earlier this month, Judge Marten ruled that the Dodge City Family Planning Clinic could join a lawsuit, filed by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (PPKM), challenging the Kansas law. Judge Marten indicated that PPKM and the Dodge City Medical Clinic have "the same interest" in their cases to restore Title X funding.
On August 1, Judge Marten temporarily blocked the enforcement of the law, which prevented Planned Parenthood from receiving $330,000 of federal money for fiscal year 2011-2012. Judge Marten wrote, "Residents of Wichita and Hays, Kan., will be best assured of continued family planning services by maintaining the status quo."
Media Resources: National Partnership for Women and Families 10/19/11; Associated Press 10/18/11; Feminist Daily Newswire 10/12/11
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. . . .