A report issued by the international child assistance organization asserts that children's lives can best be saved by supporting policies and programs that improve the lives of their mothers and elevate women's status in society.
The report, entitled "State of the World's Mothers," stresses the importance of health care, education, economic opportunity, food security, and after-school supports to mothers, and advocates five key policies to help improve women's status:
1) Raise the legal age for marriage and ensure that pregnant girls may remain in school.
2) All adolescents should be educated about sexual and reproductive health issues.
3) Expand or strengthen laws which protect girls from rape and forced prostitution.
4) Institute programs that encourage women to open businesses.
5) Grant development funds to countries based on their efforts to raise women's status.
Report authors detail how women's status directly impacts their children's well-being, giving examples from mothers in the United States, Bolivia, Vietnam, Mali, Lebanon, and Nepal.
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .