Protest Against US AIDS Drug Policy in Developing Nations
Fourteen AIDS activists were arrested Wednesday in front of Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky’s office during a protest against US policies inhibiting poor countries from getting AIDS drugs. The protestors claim that US policy, which sanctions countries that sell generic brands of AIDS drugs, is driven by pressure from large pharmaceutical companies that seek to maintain exclusive sales rights for their name-brand drugs. While US officials point out the need to defend US copyright laws overseas, activists point out that most citizens of poor countries simply cannot afford name-brand AIDS drugs. In the face of the staggering numbers of HIV and AIDS infected people in Africa and other parts of the developing world, restrictions on the distribution of AIDS drugs is deplorable.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .