Boston Priest Arrested for Allegedly Raping Teenager
Kevin E. Iguabita, a Roman Catholic priest, was arrested on Monday for allegedly raping a 15-year old girl twice in the rectory of the All Saints Church in Haverhill, Massachusetts where he served as parochial vicar. According to the victim, Iguabita made several sexual advances on her before assaulting her in 2000 at the church. The victim also told police that Iguabita had on one occasion raped her and then went to her confessions. The allegations against Iguabita concerned many parishioners who indicated that Iguabita had been the director of the Catholic Youth Organization at the church and went with children on numerous excursions. Iguabita pleaded innocent yesterday to two counts of rape and one count of assault with intent to rape.
The charges against Iguabita come just as another Boston priest, John J. Geoghan, begins his trial on a child sexual assault charge today. Geoghan allegedly molested a 10-year old boy at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club in 1991. Geoghan has also been charged separately with the rape of a child under 16 and will also stand trial for two counts of indecent assault and battery of a child under 14. Geoghan claimed poverty and requested a court-appointed lawyer after transferring ownership of real estate estimated to be worth more than $750,000 to his sister. In addition to his three criminal trials, Geoghan may have assaulted more than 130 children since the 1980s. These children have now come forward, but the statues of limitation may have passed for some of their charges.
Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston apologized last week for knowingly allowing Geoghan to continue his duties as a parish priest while he was suspected of molestation and pedophilia. The LA Times reports that 118 people have now launched civil suits against Law and the Archdiocese of Boston for negligence. The archdiocese has already paid more than $10 million in settlements to Geoghan’s alleged victims. Law has now assured parishioners that Iguabita will not be allowed to serve in the parish pending his lawsuit and a church review.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .