Maryland House Denies Expansion of State-Funded Abortions
The Maryland House of Representatives voted 70 to 65 to allow the state-funded procedure only in cases of rape, incest or when the motherís life is in danger. Currently, abortions to protect a woman's mental health can be state-funded.
The bill must pass before the Senate before it can become law. Senate legislators have vowed to reject the new restriction.
The proposed state funds would grant $29 million to expand health coverage to children and pregnant women who have incomes that are up to twice the poverty level.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .