Officers Investigated for Sexual Assault at Indiana Women’s Prison
Four male correctional officers from the Indiana Women’s Prison have been suspended on charges that they raped female inmates. The Indiana Department of Correction says that this is the first such case in two years. A 1999 Amnesty International study, which investigated 17 states and the District of Columbia, found that sexual abuse and rape of female inmates is common in correctional facilities in the United States. Women inmates are often afraid to come forward because of fear of reprisal, so abuse often goes unreported or is covered up by the facility.
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. . . .