In a possible attempt to distance the Catholic Church from militant anti-abortion groups, New York Cardinal Edward Egan has asked Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, to step down and resume his position at the Archdiocese of New York. In the past, Pavone and Priests for Life have been linked to and praised the acts of many anti-abortion extremists, including Joseph Scheidler. Scheidler was convicted in 1999 of 21 counts of extortion and threats of physical violence against abortion providers in the landmark case Now v. Scheidler. Anthony De Stefano, the interim National Director of Priests for Life, says he was “shocked” by the Catholic Church’s decision. Pavone had been the director of Priests for Life since 1993.
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .