An unidentified Afghan woman was killed in her home in the southern district of Zabul by Taliban militants yesterday. A spokesperson for the Taliban said that the woman was “a spy for the Americans,” according to Reuters. According to BBC News, after shooting the woman, the assassins abducted her brother and her father.
The Taliban have pledged to derail the parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of September in Afghanistan. Last month, suspected Taliban militants wounded a female election worker when they stormed a voter registration office and fired into the air, according to Reuters.
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. . . .