Students in Arizona are rallying support around the nation against an anti-abortion fundraising campaign led by professional baseball players and executives. Last month, Jerry Colangelo, Arizona Diamondbacks CEO, announced the Battin’ 1000 campaign to raise $1 million for the American Life League (ALL), an organization that opposes abortion in all cases, including rape, incest, and when the mother’s life is in danger. ALL will be using the money to build the “Campus for Life,” with the intention of lending academic credibility to the anti-abortion movement.
Students for Choice (SFC) is leading a campaign to send e-mails to Colangelo criticizing his endorsement of Battin’ 1000. The campaign to “flood” Colangelo’s mailbox has been so successful that it has been recognized by ALL and the Center for AZ Policy (a local anti-choice group), according to Students for Choice. SFC is encouraging supporters to keep sending emails because “Colangelo’s anti-choice, anti-women agenda does more than annoy us.”
As the students are rallying against the anti-abortion campaign, the state Senate is on its way to passing legislation that would ensure that rape victims are offered emergency contraception (EC). According to The Daily Dispatch, Sen. Linda Binder (R-Lake Havasu City) said that the legislation aims to make sure that rape victims “are not victimized again” with pregnancy. The bill passed the preliminary vote 17-10 but objections over giving the pill to juveniles without parental consent are still being debated, The Dispatch reports.
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .