At an Iowa news conference, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush stated that if the FDA approved mifepristone, he "would not be inclined to accept that ruling by the FDA. That's abortion." He then reiterated that abortion should be illegal with the exception of rape, incest and saving the live of the mother when questioned about his stance on abortion.
When questioned about Supreme Court appointments, Bush again asserted that he would only appoint "strict constructionists" and defined that term as one who "interprets the Constitution for what it is and doesn't use the opportunity of the Constitution to pass legislation or legislate from the bench."
Bush responded to a question about how a "strict constructionist" would determine the legality of abortion claiming "Roe v. Wade was a reach that overstepped the constitutional bounds as far as I'm concerned" and then added "I would remind you I'm not a lawyer."
When asked what he would do if a relative of his was raped and considering abortion, Bush said "I would hope I would be able to evoke enough sympathy in a rape case to help comfort her as a friend."
Media Resources: Associated Press - January 21, 2000 and The Washington Post - January 21,2000
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. . . .