The Advocate Health Care Network in Chicago announced a new policy limiting abortions to cases of rape or incest, to save the woman’s life or health, or when the fetus has a fatal birth defect. Anti-abortion proponents in the Chicago area argue that the policy is not enough(Chicago Tribune; Kaiser Daily Health Report). Chris Mahler, Midwest regional director of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, condemned the policy as an attempt to chip away at women’s rights.
Media Resources: Chicago Tribune and Kaiser Daily Health Report - October 15, 1999
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .