More Charges of Sexual Abuse Surface Against Former Priest Geoghan
John Geoghan, a defrocked Boston priest already accused of sexually abusing 86 young boys, has been named in 17 new lawsuits filed against the Catholic Church for allegedly sexually abusing 17 boys—ages 8 to 15— between 1964 and 1996. The lawsuits also name 20 other clergy members who worked with Geoghan or supervised him including Cardinal Bernard F. Law. These new lawsuits come just two weeks after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese succeeded in reducing by one-third the $30 million settlement that had been proposed last May to 86 victims of sexual abuse by Geoghan.
The Boston Archdiocese vows it is committed to helping the victims, offering therapy through its Office for Healing and Assistance Ministry and scheduling private meetings with Cardinal Bernard Law. However, Mitchell Garabedian, attorney for victims in the new cases, argues: “The archdiocese has refused to grant [therapy] coverage to individuals who need it, refused to renew coverage, refused to provide coverage for desperately needed marital counseling and refused to extend coverage,” according to the Associated Press.
Geoghan is currently serving a nine- to 10-year prison sentence for fondling a 10-year-old boy in a swimming pool in the early 1990s, and has been accused of molesting more than 130 children since the 1980s. Geoghan faces 19 civil and 2 criminal suits.
Media Resources: NY Times 10/3/02; Reuters 10/3/02; Associated Press 10/3/02; Feminist Daily News Wire
8/31/2015 Chicago Activists Continue Hunger Strike to Save Predominately Black Public High School - Chicago residents have entered the second week of their hunger strike protesting the closure of Dyett High School, in the predominately African-American Bronzeville neighborhood located on the South Side of Chicago.
Parents and community members are calling on the Chicago Board of Education to keep Dyett - the only open-enrollment, neighborhood school in its area - open and accept a community plan to revitalize the school with a focus on science and green technology. . . .
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. . . .