This past Saturday, 14-year old Valencia Farmer was found gang raped, stabbed 42 times, and with her throat slashed on the doorstep where she had been left to die. Enraged by this horrendous crime, South Africans destroyed the house and protested at the courthouse where the suspects were held.
Two men have been arrested and police are searching for one or two other possible suspects. Police Sgt. Dongani Mtakati explained the community's reaction, saying, "People are getting sick and tired of these crimes and criminals."
South Africa has one of the world's highest rates of murder and rape.
Media Resources: Nando Times and AP - June 29, 1999
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. . . .