Political demonstrations in Guinea have led to the circulation of cell phone snapshots depicting rape against Guinean women. Guinean human rights activist Souleymane Bah told Reuters, "I saw soldiers strip women naked, spread their legs and stamp on their privates with their boots."
Approximately 50,000 unarmed civilians assembled on September 28th to protest Captain Moussa Dadis Camara's plan to run in the January election. Captain Camara leads a military junta whose personnel opened fire on the crowd, beating and stabbing hundreds and brutally raping dozens of women in broad daylight.
Sidya Toure, a former prime minister who was part of the protest, told the New York Times, "This time, a new stage has been reached. Women as battlefield targets. We could never have imagined that." The use of rape as a weapon of war is a common and prevalent tactic. France's foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, said France would no longer work with Camara and called for "international intervention." Captain Camara has repeatedly denied responsibility for the attacks.
Media Resources: New York Times 10/5/09; Reuters 9/29/09
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .