Congressional Women’s Caucus Meets with UN Officials on Global Women’s Issues
Members of the Congressional Women’s Caucus, led by co-chairs Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA) and Judy Biggert (R-IL), met with officials at the United Nations yesterday, including UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, to discuss issues affecting women globally, including the issue of education for Afghan women and girls. The nine-member delegation of U.S. House Representatives also discussed the need for humanitarian assistance for women refugees, the sexual exploitation of children, and the crisis in the Middle East. Of the meetings, Congresswoman Millender-McDonald said, “[I]t brings about a better dialogue, it brings about a cohesive agenda for us in the Congress and the women in the United Nations.” The Congressional Women’s Caucus, according to Congresswoman Biggert, is placing much more emphasis on global women’s issues and is planning to visit Afghanistan in May to assess the situation for women and girls more clearly.
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .