Investigators found that 48 percent of U.S. female inmates interviewed were allegedly physically or sexually abused, while 27 percent said they were raped, according to a new report issued by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The report is based on one-hour interviews with 6,133 inmates in 431 prisons in late 1995 and early 1996.
The number of female inmates in U.S. prisons is increasing faster than the number of male inmates: in 1983 there were 15,900 female inmates, in 1996 there were 51,600 female inmates reported. Approximately 37 percent of all U.S. inmates are white, 41 percent are African-American, and 18 percent are Hispanic.
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. . . .
4/14/2014 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services - President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).
At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA. . . .