Vice President Al Gore has selected Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman to be his running mate, confirming that the Democratic presidential ticket will remain staunchly in favor of abortion rights. During his 12 years in the U.S. Senate, Lieberman has consistently voted for a woman's right to choose and has worked to preserve the constitutional right for women to have safe and legal abortion services. Lieberman cosponsored the Freedom of Choice Act which would have codified Roe v. Wade under federal law, and he voted to repeal the Hyde amendment which bans Medicaid coverage for abortion services for low-income women. In addition to voting for the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) which works to prevent abortion clinic violence, Lieberman has also opposed a federal ban on safe abortion procedures. Gore's decision to pick Lieberman as his running mate also marks the first time there will be a Jewish vice presidential candidate in American history.
Media Resources: Associated Press, August 7, 2000 and NARAL Vice Presidential Report Card on Choice
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. . . .