South Dakota senators in the State Affairs Committee voted 8 to 1 on Wednesday to kill, a proposed ban on abortion similar to the one rejected by voters last year. The bill can still be brought out of committee by a vote of one-third of the full senate; however, such an action appears unlikely, as many supporters of last year’s ban spoke against the revised version.
The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, which fought to defeat last year’s ban, celebrated Wednesday’s vote. Said Elaine Roberts, the campaign’s co-chair, "Continuing to put abortion ahead of other public policy issues—like education, health care and economic development—does not reflect the legislative priorities of a majority of South Dakotans."
The revised ban, titled "Women’s Health and Human Life Protection Act," included exceptions for rape, incest and health of the mother, unlike the ban defeated last year. It carried even harsher penalties for abortion providers, with a possible class-four felony sentence of up to 10 years in jail.
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. . . .