US Narrows Abortion Options for Military Personnel
As thousands of service members are being called to active military duty, women’s access to abortions in military facilities is being limited once again. On September 25, the US House of Representatives voted down an amendment to the 2002 Department of Defense Authorization Bill that would permit women to use their own funds to obtain an abortion at overseas military hospitals. Women are effectively required to go off base for these services. This comes at a time when heightened numbers of military personnel are being transferred to nations surrounding Afghanistan, almost all of which do not permit legal abortion. Military women who become pregnant and wish to have an abortion will have to return to the U.S. to complete the procedure, thus risking their careers in military service, or resort to illegal abortions in the countries where they are stationed.
Media Resources: Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report, September 27, 2001
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .