An abortion ban has been introduced in the Mississippi State Senate. The Mississippi Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare approved Senate Bill 2795, which bans abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or the health of a pregnant woman. The Chairman of the Senate has one week to take action on the bill.
In many ways, the bill is similar to the latest South Dakota abortion ban that was introduced into the South Dakota House of Representatives earlier this week. In 2006, an outright ban that only allowed for abortion to "prevent the death of a woman" was overturned by South Dakota voters in the November election. Recently, a new bill was introduced in South Dakota that provides for more exceptions. The Mississippi law, like the new bill in South Dakota, uses pro-woman language to justify the ban, mentioning "the fundamental rights of the pregnant mother to her relationship with her child" and claiming that "procedures terminating the life of an unborn child impose risks to the life and health of the pregnant woman." Both the Mississippi and South Dakota legislation use the same exact phrase: "An abortion is an unworkable method for a pregnant mother to give up, surrender, or waive her fundamental right to her relationship with her child."
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. . . .