Compromise In Bankruptcy Bill May Force Anti-Abortion Extremists to Pay Up
The abortion debate on the bankruptcy bill centers on language introduced by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) that would specifically bar perpetrators of abortion clinic-related violence from avoiding paying legal judgments by declaring bankruptcy. Just this past March, Schumer reached a compromise with Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) that does not mention abortion outright, though it does refer to the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE). And the Senate version of the bill, which passed the Judiciary Committee 10-8, does stipulate that any court judgment resulting from violence, harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence would be nondischargeable.
However, the House version of the bill, in a vote of 306-108, does not include language preventing convicted anti-abortion terrorists from declaring bankruptcy to avoid payment of legal judgments. Like last year, this appears headed to the Senate/House Conference Committee to settle the matter.
The Bankruptcy Bill, which has been promoted by the credit card companies, is itself opposed by major women’s groups including the Feminist Majority. The bill provides for credit card debt to be paid ahead of child support and alimony.
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. . . .