Brazilís New Family Planning Program Angers Catholic Church
Brazil has launched a new family planning program that distributes free contraceptives through the country's 6,012 hospitals and 63,662 clinics, angering Brazil's Roman Catholic Church. Bishop Rafael Liano Cifuentes denounced the new program, saying that it ďwill promote the sexual perversion of teenagers, which means prostitution. Itís like telling teenage girls, go out and enjoy an active sex life for the government will guarantee that you wonít get pregnant,Ē reports the Associated Press.
Brazilís strict penal code only allows abortions to be performed when the womanís life is endangered or when pregnancy is a result of rape. The chief justice of Brazilís Federal Supreme Court, Nelson Jobim, is warning doctors that if they perform abortions on rape victims without a police report they could be subject to legal prosecution, according to Inter Press Service News Agency. However, Brazilís laws do not stipulate that a police report is necessary for doctors to perform abortions, IPS reports.
IPS reports that an estimated 750,000 to 1.4 million abortions are carried out every year in Brazil, the majority taking place in unsafe conditions. There were only 1.31 million abortions in the United States in 2000, where abortion is legal, despite the fact that the United States is more than twice the size of Brazil. Health care service providers in Brazil treat over 250,000 women who are suffering from complications from the clandestine abortions annually.
5/1/2015 House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers - The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to overturn a Washington, DC, law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who use their insurance to cover procedures like in-vitro fertilization or abortion and contraception like birth control pills and IUDs for themselves, their spouses, or their children.
The District's council passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act last year. . . .
4/30/2015 400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria - In two different operations in under a week, Nigerian troops have rescued more than 400 women and children who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram.
On Tuesday, Nigerian troops announced they rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram - and today news has come out that troops rescued another 160 women and children.
While the news is promising and shows progress made in Nigeria to combat Boko Haram, the girls rescued were not the Chibok girls who inspired the #BringBackOurGirls movement last year. . . .
4/29/2015 Hillary Clinton Calls for Criminal Justice Reform and an End to Mass Incarceration - Hillary Clinton delivered the keynote address at the 18th Annual Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum today, addressing directly criminal justice reforms she would like to see to prevent another "incarceration generation."
"It's time the end the era of mass incarceration," Clinton declared to much applause, citing statistics about the disproportionately higher rate of incarceration that black men in America face. . . .