A Texas woman filed a federal lawsuit in May against Halliburton and its former subsidiary KBR, stating that she was drugged and gang-raped by a group of her co-workers in the KBR camp in the Green Zone in Iraq in 2005. The woman, Jamie Leigh Jones, says after the attack she was held without food or water for 24 hours in a shipping container with armed guards at the door who would not allow her to leave, reports ABC News.
According to ABC News, legal experts say Jones' alleged attackers might never even have to stand trial: A loophole in US law effectively leaves contractors working in Iraq out of jurisdiction for US courts. No charges in this case have been filed in criminal courts.
Jones� nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping victims who were raped or sexually assaulted overseas while working for government contractors or other corporations will receive any proceeds from the civil lawsuit. "I want other women to know that it's not their fault," Jones told ABC News. "They can go against corporations that have treated them this way."
Media Resources: ABC News 12/10/07; CBS News 12/12/07; Telegraph News 12/12/07
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .