Study Finds 3 Out of 4 Liberian Women Experience Rape
Three out of every four Liberian women have been raped, a recent survey by the London-based medical aid agency Merlin found. Young girl children are especially at risk. Claire Parker, the reproductive health coordinator at Merlin, estimates that roughly 50 percent of the nation's reported rape victims are younger than twelve years old, The Independent reports. Parker attributes the statistic to "a traditional belief which says that if you spill the blood of a child, or take the virginity of a child, that will give you increased power."
Africa's first elected woman president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has promised to combat Liberia's alarming rate of sexual violence with more aggressive legislation targeting rapists. She has appointed a Minister for Gender in Liberia and worked to pass a law that criminalizes gang rape.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .