Survivor Rescued From Bangladesh Building Wreckage
On Friday rescuers in Dhaka, Bangladesh saved a woman who is still alive after the eight story building collapsed on April 24. The woman was discovered as a rescuer was cutting away iron rods and heard her cries for help.
The woman, identified as Reshma, was in the building's prayer room at the time of the collapse. The debris formed a space around Reshma with enough room for her to stand, and she was able to locate food and water nearby that lasted until two days ago.
Reshma's miraculous rescue comes as the death toll from the collapse surpasses 1,000, making it the world's worst industrial disaster since the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India. 2,500 people were rescued with 1,000 suffering serious injuries. There is no estimate of how many people remain missing. The majority of those dead are female garment workers from the building's five garment factories.
Media Resources: Al Jazeera 5/10/2013; New York Times 5/10/2013; Reuters 5/10/2013; Feminist Newswire 5/9/2013
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The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
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This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .