A survey conducted by Jane Doe Inc. Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence found that nearly 12,000 women and children were denied access to shelters in the state due to overcrowding and lack of resources. For every woman or child who was admitted into a Massachusetts shelter, at least three more were turned away.
Given these critical shortages, shelters have been forced to implement policies which restrict shelter stays to 90 and admit only the women and children who appear to face the most imminent danger.
The women who are denied access to domestic violence shelters often are forced into homeless shelters, which do not provide them with the security they need. Some homeless shelters refuse to accept women who have been abused, for fear that the abuser might attack other residents and/or staff.
The State of New York is facing similar shortages. In 1995, New York shelters accepted just 6,000 of the 11,000 families who desperately needed them.
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. . . .
4/14/2014 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services - President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).
At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA. . . .