As separatist violence increases in the war-torn region of Kashmir, fundamentalist militants have seized the opportunity to terrorize and persecute women living in the surrounding areas. A relatively unknown militia, known as the Lashkar-e-Jabar, have announced that women in Srinagar must wear a burqa, which covers a woman from head to toe with only a small mesh opening to see through, or be punished. The Laskkar-e-Jabar recently claimed responsibility for acid attacks in Srinagar on women who were not wearing veils. This decree is similar to the restrictions imposed upon women living under Taliban rule in nearby Afghanistan, where the extremist militia has imposed a draconian system of gender apartheid banning women from work and education.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .
4/14/2014 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services - President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).
At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA. . . .