Several days a week, the abortion clinic in El Monte, California, is targeted by anti-abortion protesters. The extremists videotape, rally, and harass women entering the clinic. The El Monte clinic is one of the few clinics in the state that continues to face regular hostility from protesters.
Kathy Spillar, the national coordinator of the Feminist Majority Foundation -- which sponsors the nation's oldest and largest abortion clinic defense program -- said, "If local law enforcement is hesitant to deal with these protests, anti-abortion groups see that as an invitation to me. Law enforcement is key."
Protesters argue that they are only expressing their right to freedom of speech and that they are praying for the women.
In recent years, organizations such as NOW and the ACLU have been monitoring anti-abortion extremists' violations of state and federal laws as a result of increased violence surrounding abortion clinics.
Media Resources: Los Angeles Times - June 25, 1999
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
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The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
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"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .