Armed men reportedly shot and killed a male secondary school teacher in Afghanistan for teaching girls. Reuters reports that the man, identified by the name Laghmani, was dragged from his classroom and executed at the school gates. “He had received many warning letters from the Taliban to stop teaching, but he continued to do so happily and honestly – he liked to teach boys and girls,” Abdul Rahman Sabir, police chief in the Helmund province, told Reuters.
In a separate attack presumed to be carried out by the Taliban, gunmen shot and killed an 18-year-old male student and a guard at another secondary school in the Helmund province, according to Reuters. The gunmen opened fire on teachers at the school and demanded that the schools be shut down or they would be killed, Reuters reports.
The Taliban had banned all education of girls from kindergarten on up. Now Taliban supporters and militias, since the fall of the Taliban, have destroyed over 40 girls’ schools. “The Feminist Majority has been urging an expansion of international peacekeeping troops since the fall of the Taliban,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “The Bush administration speaks of democracy in Afghanistan, women’s rights, and a Marshall Plan, but the US has simply not been delivering.”
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. . . .