Kansas State Representative Arlen Siegfried (R), the chairman of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee, announced that he will fight for a bill banning all abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy. While the bill would include an exception for cases in which a pregnant woman’s life is threatened, a fetus may only be aborted if two doctors agree the pregnancy would cause "substantial and irreversible" damage to a major bodily function, including mental health. Such a bill would also leave out any exemptions for pregnant women who are survivors of rape or incest. Rep. Siegfried clarified his intent to narrowly write the bill, stating, "We have to remove as many of those exceptions as we possibly can," the Associated Press reports.
Rep. Siegfried is a strong supporter of former Attorney General Phill Kline (R), who filed 30 misdemeanor criminal charges against Dr. George Tiller, one of the few doctors who perform late-term abortions in the US. While the charges were soon thrown out and Kline lost in a reelection race to Attorney General Paul Morrison, an abortion rights Democrat, Rep. Siegfried continues to push for criminal charges against Tiller and to limit reproductive rights. "My personal preference is -- and I'm researching the constitutionality of -- just banning all abortions after the 21st week in the state of Kansas," he stated at a news conference, the AP reports.
Media Resources: AP 6/26/07; Capital-Journal 6/26/07; FMF
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .