Activists Protest Murders of Young Women at the Mexican Border
Over 1,000 Mexicans and dozens of American and Canadian activists are demanding justice for the hundreds of women and girls murdered in Mexico's border town of Juarez.
The majority of victims, usually workers at US-owned assembly plants and factories known as maquiladoras, are found raped and strangled.
Over 200 US companies have located in Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, to exploit primarily young female workers at wages of approximately 40 cents an hour. The American companies have not provided adequate lighting, transportation, and other safety measures for these exploited workers as they travel to and from work. Lately, companies are pulling out of Juarez to find even cheaper labor in Southeast Asia.
Ramona Morales, whose 16-year-old daughter was killed in Juarez in 1995, has been traveling to cities across the United States to raise awareness about the problem. “Maybe with all of this we can get the support of the United States to finally find who killed our daughters,” she said, according to the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, angering women’s rights activists, the Mexican government released a report last week that argues that there is little evidence that the murdered women were victims of serial killings or gangsters. Human rights and women’s rights groups have been accusing the Mexican authorities of responding to the murders incompetently and of failing to take the necessary actions to investigate the abductions and brutal murders of women and girls in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico. “I think [the Mexican government] already know[s] who the killers are,” Maricela Ortiz, director of Return Our Daughters Home, told the New York Times. “I believe they know what is happening, and this network of complicity will not permit an easy solution, because the people who kill are rich and powerful.”
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. . . .