After assurances of security protection from the Taliban, the International Red Cross reinstated its operations in the war torn nation. This decision comes after ten Red Cross staff were abducted, robbed, and beaten by members of the Taliban.
While waiting for security guarantees from the Taliban, the Red Cross almost fully ceased its operations, which provides a variety of needed services in Afghanistan.
In response to the Red Cross's reduction of its services, the Taliban's ruler, Mullah Mohammed Omar, claimed that anyone guilty of disturbing foreign aid workers would be sentenced to a 5-year jail term.
Media Resources: Nando Times and AP - June 27, 1999
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .