Bush Administration Announces Limited Medicaid Coverage for Mifepristone
As most abortion rights activists anticipated, the Bush administration officially announced that the government will apply the same restrictions on Medicaid funding for mifepristone as it has for surgical abortions. The Department of Health and Human Services, led by anti-choice Secretary Tommy Thompson, sent a letter to state Medicaid directors last week announcing that the government would provide funds for low income women to take the early abortion pill only in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. The letter also informed states that they can apply any state restrictions on surgical abortion to mifepristone.
Media Resources: Washington Post - March 31, 2001 and Feminist Majority Foundation
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. . . .