Three girls in Afghanistan were poisoned last week as a punishment for attending school. According to Agence France Presse, the three schoolgirls were poisoned by Taliban militia after eating biscuits given to them by a man in the southeastern town of Khost.
The provincial military commander in Khost, Khialbaz Khan, asserted that “the Taliban is seeking to deter girls from going to school,” reports Agence France Presse. The girls, aged 10 to 15, are in critical condition.
There have been a series of attacks on girl’s schools in recent months, including a school in Kandahar that was recently burned to the ground. The Feminist Majority Foundation has reported over 30 attacks on girl’s schools since the fall of the Taliban.
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .