President Clinton Denounces Taliban Treatment of Women
After hearing the extremist Taliban militia express interest in working with the U. S. government on extradition of terrorist Osama bin Laden, President Clinton on Tuesday denounced the Taliban’s draconian treatment of women and girls.
While he did not discuss the Taliban’s overtures regarding bin Laden, Clinton stressed the importance of the restoration of women and girls’ human rights in Afghanistan at a speech made during a ceremony honoring photographer Annie Lebovitz and the work of The Vital Voices Global Partnership, which supports economic and political empowerment for women.
“I hope the fact that…we continue to push for changes in the lives of those people and take as many in as we can here will some day lead to a change in that country,” said Clinton. “Because no one should have to undergo what those women have experienced.”
Clinton’s words emphasized the importance of continued pressure on the Taliban for their policies of gender apartheid against women, after Secretary of State Madeleine Albright suggested on Monday that the Taliban might be granted improved relations with the United States if they release international terrorist bin Laden.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .