Pro-Choice Virginia gubernatorial candidate Mark Warner (D), according to a recent Washington Post poll, enjoys a 10-point lead over his staunchly anti-choice opponent, Mark Earley (R). Earley opposes legal abortion even in cases of rape and incest and forged his strong anti-choice record while serving in the VA Senate and as VA Attorney General. In support of Warner, NARAL began a newspaper ad campaign yesterday in Virginia highlighting his pro-choice stance.
With the election fast approaching, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports that NJ gubernatorial candidate McGreevey (D), also pro-choice, is ahead in the polls there. McGreevey has won the endorsement of NARAL New Jersey PAC. Bret Schundler (R), McGreevey’s opponent, has been vocal about his anti-choice stance throughout the New Jersey governor’s race.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer also reports that pro-choice candidate Jane Campbell (D), running for mayor of Cleveland, has a 7-point lead in the polls against Raymond Pierce (D). Campbell, a long-time feminist activist, is the former field director of ERA America and has served in the Ohio state legislature for twelve-years.
Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
Media Resources: Washington Post Poll Virginia Governors Race: October 2001; Star-Ledger, 11/02/01; Plain Dealer, 11/02/01; NARAL Press Releases, 11/01/01 and 10/24/01; NARAL Fact Sheets
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. . . .