A government study has revealed that nearly one in five women in the United States have been raped or faced an attempted rape at least once in their lives.
Over half of the rape victims identified by the Justice and Health and Human Services departments reported that they were under the age of 17 when they were first raped. Half also reported being physically assaulted at least once in their lives.
"Each number in this survey represents our daughters, our mothers, and our neighbors," HHS Secretary Donna Shalala stated. "We must recognize violence against women as a significant social problem."
Equal numbers of men and women (8000 of each), were interviewed for the survey. Three of every four women who reported that they had been assaulted as adults identified their rapist as a current or former husband, a co-habitating partner, or a date.
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .