A proposed bill that would have made it illegal to receive or perform an abortion in the state of Colorado has died in a state House committee.
House Bill 13-1033 would have completely outlawed elective abortions in the state and would have made it a class 3 felony for doctors to perform them. The motion to postpone the bill indefinitely passed on a 6 to 5 vote. The bill would have granted exemptions to cases where the mother's life was at risk and when an unborn child unexpectedly died in the womb. No exemptions were outlined in terms of rape or incest.
This bill is one of many anti-abortion bills expected to be introduced in the Colorado state House this session. RH Reality Check reports that other bills include a ban on "sex-selective" abortions and a ban on taxpayer funding for abortions.
Media Resources: Denver Post 2/5/2013; "House Bill 13-1033" 2/5/2013; "Votes for -HB13-1033" 2/5/2013; RH Reality Check 1/16/2013
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. . . .