Controversy Over Abortion Rights for Rape Victims in Egypt
A draft bill introduced in the Egyptian Parliament that would allow rape victims to have abortions has met with controversy. The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights (ECWR) states that every hour, two women are raped in Egypt, according to the AFP.
Critics of the legislation say it fails to address the real issue, the Gulf News reports. "In the first place, this bill deals with the aftermath of the crime, but not the crime itself," Fawzia Abdul Sattar, a professor of criminal law told the Gulf News.
At present, Egyptian law bans abortion unless it is on the "grounds of necessity," ie when the woman's life or health is at risk, or if there are fetal abnormalities, the AFP reports.
Media Resources: Media Sources: Gulf News 01/01/08; Brisbane Times/ AFP 12/31/07
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. . . .