Judge Orders Welfare Workers to Help 14-Year-Old Obtain Abortion
Judge William Sargeant of Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona ordered state child welfare workers to help a 14-year-old girl obtain a late-term abortion in another state. Arizona state law bans most abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Francie Noyes, spokesperson for Arizona Gov. Jane Hull, explained that the Sargeant's order is legal because "The court is acting in the role of the parents" to achieve "the girl's best interests." Anti-abortion activists complained that the ruling violates a state law that prohibits the use of state funds for abortions except in cases of medical emergencies and when pregnancies are caused by rape or incest. A spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Economic Security disagreed, citing statutory rape laws.
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. . . .