Case Closed: KS Supreme Court Dismisses Charges against Dr. Tiller
The Kansas Supreme Court has granted Attorney General Paul Morrison's (D) request that charges against George Tiller, one of the country's few providers of late-term abortion, be dropped. The former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline (R) pursued a case against Dr. Tiller, first alleging that he was investigating child rapes and later admitting that he was really interested in whether Tiller's clinic had violated late-term abortion statutes. He began his quest to subpoena Tiller's records in 2004 and was finally successful in obtaining the redacted records in late October 2006, but was ousted in the midterm election shortly thereafter. Before leaving his office, however, Kline did charge Dr. Tiller with 15 counts of "unlawful late term abortion" and 15 counts of "failure to report justification of late term abortion."
District Attorney Nola Foulston conducted a month-long investigation, concluding that Dr. Tiller had not violated any laws. Attorney General Morrison asked the Kansas Supreme Court to dismiss the charges, and the court did on Tuesday.
Dr. Tiller and his clinic have been repeatedly targeted by anti-abortion activists; Dr. Tiller has weathered legal battles, arsonings and bombings of his clinic, and an assassination attempt in 1994. For many years, the Feminist Majority Foundation has worked with and supported Dr. Tiller through its National Clinic Access Project.
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. . . .