Indiana Judge Rules Medicaid Must Cover Medically Necessary Abortions
A county judge in Indiana ruled in favor of two women’s health clinics that filed a suit in August of 1999 arguing that the state’s Medicare policies discriminated against low-income women with certain health conditions. Current state law allows Medicare to cover abortions when a woman’s life is in danger and in instances of rape or incest, but under no other circumstances. According to attorneys with the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy who assisted in the case in Indiana, the clinics’ argument hinged on the fact that women who have medical conditions such as diabetes or cancer would face serious health problems if forced to carry their pregnancies to term. And because Medicare covers all necessary medical care, not covering medically necessary abortions is unconstitutional.
Media Resources: Associated Press – October 18, 2000
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. . . .