Kentucky Bill Would Require Ultrasound for Abortion Patients
A bill recently introduced in the Kentucky state legislature would require women seeking abortions to first undergo an ultrasound. The bill would also require doctors to then review the results of the ultrasound with the woman, according to Associated Press.
Doctors who fail to review the ultrasound results with their patients would face a fine of up to $100,000 for a first offense and $250,000 for each subsequent offense, reports WBKO News.
"The bills are not designed to help a woman make an informed choice about continuing her pregnancy or not," said Elizabeth Nash, a public policy associate with the Guttmacher Institute. "Instead, they're designed to actively steer her away from choosing an abortion."
Media Resources: Associated Press 1/14/08; WBKO News 1/13/08
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .