An Israel court has rejected Anatoly Vitznudel's claim that the anti-impotency drug Viagra caused him to lose control and rape a woman.
Anatoly Vitznudel admitted kidnapping the woman at knife point and driving her to a wooded area, but denied responsibility for the rape and claimed that the woman had made sexual advances toward him and given him the Viagra.
A three-judge panel rejected Vitnudel's defense but wrote that Viagra was a contributing factor in the rape. Vitnudel has not yet been sentenced.
In related news, Viagra was offered for legal sale in Japan today, only two months after the drug had been approved by health officials. The approval of Viagra was incredibly swift, given that the process usually takes several years.
Japan has yet to approve contraceptive pills for women, which have been available since the 1960s.
7/1/2015 Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights - A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally.
Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .
6/30/2015 Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona - In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature.
This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .