A rape victim in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail last week because she was in an unrelated man�s car at the time of the attack. The sentence is more than double the 90 lashes she was originally sentenced to last year before her lawyer appealed the case. Even 100 lashes can be lethal, therefore the sentence is often staggered over time.
The seven men convicted of gang-raping the woman were originally sentenced to prison terms ranging from under a year to five years and 80 to 1,000 lashes each. The judges increased the woman�s attackers� sentences this time to a range of two to nine years in prison.
Media Resources: New York Times 11/16/07; BBC 11/17/07
5/27/2015 California Passes Reproductive FACT Act - The California State Assembly passed the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act yesterday.
AB 775, or the FACT Act, passed 48-25 in a vote, and requires that unlicensed facilities in California that provide pregnancy-related services disclose that they are not licensed medical providers. . . .
5/26/2015 Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage - Over the weekend, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to pass a national referendum legalizing same-sex marriage.
Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday. . . .