Claiming that Kansas is becoming known as the "abortion capital of the world", state lawmakers have proposed a bill that would ban the so-called "partial birth" abortion procedure. This follows two well-publicized cases of minors who traveled to Kansas to undergo late term abortions, the most recent being a 14 year-old ward of the state of Arizona who had been raped. State Senator Nancy Harrington (R) is sponsoring the bill "aimed at the doctor" who performs the procedure. While anti-choice Senators Harrington and Karin Brownlee (R) call the recent Arizona case a "rallying cry" for the state to "erect an impenetrable wall against infanticide," others like state Sen. Lana Oleen (D) say that the girl's case is "a very sad situation that will be exploited by some).
Media Resources: Kansas City Star - September 8, 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. . . .