Throughout his campaign, Governor George W. Bush has been muddling the issue of abortion and claiming he won't use any litmus tests for nominating Supreme Court justices. However, an interview with Tim Russert on NBC's Meet the Press proved very revealing.
During the interview, Bush stated that his two favorite Supreme Court justices are Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Both justices are vehemently opposed to abortion and have been consistent votes on the court for narrowing abortion rights. Additionally, both are opposed to affirmative action for women and minorities. In fact, Scalia has been the strongest vote on the court against minority rights.
"It is shocking that Gov. Bush's favorite Supreme Court justices are the two most anti-women's rights votes on the court," stated Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal in response to Bush's comments on NBC's Meet the Press. "Has he not heard of the gender gap in voting, and does he not realize that the gender gap elected President Clinton?"
Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation - December 2, 1999
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .