Hobby Lobby Sues Obama Administration over Morning-After Pill
Craft store and evangelical-based Hobby Lobby filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday against the Obama Administration over the mandate requiring employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill and other medications.
Under the new mandate, companies who do not provide coverage that includes medication such as the morning after pill can face fines of up to $1.3 million daily. According to Hobby Lobby CEO David Green, "By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow - We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate." Hobby Lobby has said that their efforts are not targeted at contraceptive coverage, but the morning-after pill which they believe is abortion-inducing.
Hobby Lobby is the first organization to file suit against the mandate that is not a Catholic-founded institution. Earlier this year, Hercules Industries Inc. was awarded a temporary injunction from having to pay penalties for not providing contraceptive coverage under the birth control mandate.
Media Resources: Huffington Post 9/12/12; Feminist Newswire 7/30/12
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. . . .