Seven women were kidnapped and assaulted by 20 men with rifles, hatchets and knives at an Annaba, Algeria restaurant last week. Two of the women were found dead with their throats cut. Approximately 1,600 women have been raped and assaulted in Algeria since Muslim militants began waging an Islamic attack in 1992.
Earlier this month, the High Islamic Council issued a fatwa, or Muslim religious decree, proposing that anyone who slanders a raped woman be punished and that the government be held accountable for children born out of rape. The fatwa claimed that “the raped woman is honorable,” but upheld the ban on abortions except in “cases of absolute necessity.”
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .