United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan announced yesterday that he has appointed as Thoraya Ahmed Obaid Executive Director of the UN Population Fund. Obaid, an American-educated Saudi woman, has led the Population Fundís division for the Arab nations and Europe since 1998, and has 25 years of experience in womenís issues and development. She participated in two high-level missions to Afghanistan, investigating the treatment of women under the brutal Taliban regime. The UN Population Fund, aimed at reducing population growth worldwide, has made the expansion of womenís rights a priority.
Media Resources: New York Times - October 26, 2000
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. . . .