Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) signed an extreme ban on abortion into law this weekend. The ban prohibits abortion in all cases, with exceptions only to save the life of the pregnant woman or prevent serious physical harm. There are no exceptions for cases of incest or rape.
Under the new law, doctors could face fines of up to $100,000 and incarceration up to 10 years if found guilty of performing illegal abortions. The ban is a trigger law, meaning it will only go into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .