The Fourth District Court of Appeals struck down a Florida law that required birth mothers, including rape victims and teenage girls, who wanted to give their child up for adoption to take out newspaper ads publicizing their sexual histories, purportedly to identify the father. The court said the law “violates a fundamental right to privacy,” according to the Miami Herald. The state, which refused to defend the law, also failed to show how the rights of the father or the state could outweigh “the privacy rights of mother and child in not being identified in such a personal, intimate and intrusive manner,” the Herald reports.
“It subjected women to public humiliation and harassment for no benefit,” said Mariann Wang, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project, according to Click10.com. Florida state Senator Walter Campbell, sponsor of the bill, acknowledged that it had problems but wants to try again. According to the Associated Press, he wants a bill passed that would establish a confidential registry for men who believed they fathered a child; if a woman named as a partner puts a baby up for adoption, the man would be notified.
Media Resources: Associated Press 4/23/03; Miami Herald 4/24/03; Click10.com 4/24/03
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .