The National Association of Realtors' 2003 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that the percent of single women homebuyers rose more than any other group this year. The NAR survey showed that the percentage rose by 6 percent to make single women 21 percent of all homebuyers, according to the The Indianapolis Star. Single women are now the second largest segment of homebuyers, following married couples. Priscilla Russell, broker manager at Hall & Russell Real Estate Services, accounted for the changes as evidence of their increasing confidence and changes in society, according to the Star. She added that there are fewer institutional barriers for women who previously faced obstacles when trying to secure a mortgage from small banks who used to "frown on women buying houses alone." Liz Grauerholz, associate professor of sociology at Purdue University, asserted that women are earning more money now than their mothers or grandmothers did and are waiting to get married, if at all, the Star reports.
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. . . .