California Governor Gray Davis reversed two parole recommendations earlier this month for two battered women who killed, or were involved in the killing of, their long-time abusive partners. Parole was denied for Flozelle Woodmore, who is serving a sentence of 15 years to life in prison for the murder of her abusive boyfriend, Clifton Morrow. Woodmore shot Morrow after he hit her in the face and pushed their son against a wall. She was 18 years old at the time, and pregnant with their second child. Davis also denied parole for Mary Ramp, who hired two men to kill her husband in 1982, after having suffered years of physical abuse. Read more articles on battered women’s syndrome.
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. . . .