Amnesty International Urges Pakistan to Protect Activists
Amnesty International urged Pakistan's government to take steps to protect the women who will protest against the Taliban's abuse of Afghan women and girls on International Women's Day, March 8.
Amnesty International reported that a particular activist group, Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), has received "continued threats" from warring factions in Afghanistan and may be especially vulnerable. RAWA has been very vocal in its protest of Afghanistan's repressive Taliban regime and provides education and health care to Afghan women and children at refugee camps in Pakistan.
Agence France Press reported today that Taliban officials has not marked International Women's Day with any special statement or activities, as happened in major Afghan cities before the Taliban gained power in 1996. Instead a Taliban official disparaged Hillary Clinton for criticizing the regime's treatment of Afghan women and girls. The official stated. "It is surprising that Hillary Clinton, shamelessly ignoring the recent White House sex scandal and inhuman treatment of female prisoners in her country, has deemed it fit to talk of Afghan women's rights."
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. . . .