SC Legislature Overturns Proposed Abortion Coverage Ban
The South Carolina state House voted 57 to 54 early this morning against a provision in the proposed state budget that would have ended health insurance abortion coverage for victims of rape or incest. The provision had previously been approved by the state House Ways and Means Committee in February of this year.
State Representative Bakari Sellers (D) told the Associated Press, "This is a misguided attempt and a misguided effort to do what some believe is right...When you are that person that is pinned down in the back alley and raped; when you are that person that is actually assaulted sexually by your father - this is not a time for us to play political games. This is not the time for me to say my God is better than yours. This is a time to do what is right."
South Carolina currently requires women seeking an abortion receive counseling on the mental health impact of their decision and obtain parental consent for women under the age of 17, with the only exceptions being medical emergencies and instances of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
State Representative Rex Rice (R) authored the measure and proposed a similar measure last year that was also not included in the state's final budget.
Media Resources: Associated Press 3/17/10; Feminist Daily Newswire 2/24/10; National Conference of State Legislatures
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. . . .