Report: Govt. Fails to Investigate Women Killed in Juarez
Amnesty International issued a report asserting that Mexican police have failed to take the necessary actions to investigate the abductions and brutal murders of women and girls in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico. According to the report, there have been “"njustifiable delays in the initial investigations... and a failure to follow up evidence and witness statements which could be crucial." More over, "failure of the competent authorities to take action to investigate these crimes, whether through indifference, lack of will, negligence or inability, has been blatant over the last ten years," the document charged.
The majority of victims, usually workers at US-owned assembly plants and factories known as maquiladoras, were raped and strangled—their bodies left in the Chihuahua desert. Mother Jones stated that while Amnesty International is holding the Mexican government responsible for improving the investigations of the murders, other groups argue that the United States and Mexico should work together to solve these crimes because the murders are occurring in a region where American companies are benefiting from the labor of these women.
Amnesty has reported that over the last ten years approximately 370 women have been murdered, 137 of which were sexually assaulted prior to their death. Seventy-five bodies still not been identified.
Media Resources: Amnesty International report “Mexico: Intolerable Killings”; New York Times 8/11/2003, 8/12/2003; Mother Jones Daily Online 8/13/2003
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .