Harvey Karman, whose invention led to safer, less painful abortions, died this month of a stroke in Santa Barbara, California. He was 84 years old. In the 1970's, Karman developed the soft, flexible cannula, still widely used in early abortions, that made the procedure faster, safer, and more accessible for women.
Karmen also performed abortions before the procedure was legalized, serving two and a half years in prison as a result, reports UPI.
"Harvey Karman did more for safe abortion around the world than practically any other person in the world. Karman's name is not known, yet his ingenuity and to some extent his courage has made safe abortion available to literally millions of women around the world," said Dr. Malcolm Potts, who accompanied Karman on a humanitarian mission to Bangladesh 35 years ago to aid rape victims, according to the LA Times.
Karman is survived by his four children and six grandchildren.
Media Resources: LA Times 5/18/08; UPI 5/18/08; Indian Express 5/19/08
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. . . .