Under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, amputations of hands and feet are common punishment for thieves, while murderers are publically executed and women are tortured for violating Taliban rules.
When the Taliban took over Afghanistan's capital in September 1996 they brought their own harsh kind of "Islamic" law to the country. Men, for instance, must keep a full beard at all times. If they are caught trimming their beards, they can receive 5 publically-given lashes and up to 3 weeks in jail. Playing music and owning books published outside of Afghanistan is also considered a crime under Taliban law.
Women, however, have faced some of the most severe laws and punishments in the country. They can be given up to 100 lashes if they are caught spending time with any man other than a close male relative. Women cannot leave their homes without wearing a burqa, a potato-sac like garment that covers the women's entire body with only a mesh opening over the eyes.
When trying to decide punishment for homosexual acts, the Taliban initially planned to bury the apprehended up to their necks in sand and then drop a wall on them. They finally decided to place the accused in front of a brick wall and then use a tank to send it crashing down. Anyone who survives is exonerated.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .