The United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) are launching a campaign aimed at heightening global awareness that women’s rights are human rights. The event marks 1998 as the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Human Rights Year.
The Face to Face campaign will include U.N. special Ambassador Waris Dirie, a Somalian supermodel who endured and is an activist against female genital mutilation. Dirie said, “I see myself as an ambassador on behalf of my sisters in Africa. I have seen them suffer and die from this practice.”
The campaign will be initiated in 14 countries across Europe and will focus on women’s health programs, sex education, HIV prevention, and other reproductive and sexual health issues.
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. . . .