Mexico Legislature Votes to Increase Female Candidates
Mexico’s legislators approved a bill Tuesday requiring that women comprise at least 30 percent of each political party’s nominations. At present, women account for 17 percent of Mexico’s Congressional seats. The bill, approved by the Senate and the lower Chamber of Deputies, applies the quota for women candidates at all levels, including the proportionally allotted chamber seats. Historically, these seats have been male-dominated. Parties failing to comply and uphold the quotas will face stiffer penalties and possible disqualification from elections. Still, parties opting for open elections to select candidates are exempt. The bill is pending approval from President Vicente Fox.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .
4/14/2014 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services - President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).
At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA. . . .