NARAL Releases Vice Presidential Report Card on Choice
After examining the records and views of the ten most frequently mentioned potential Republican and Democratic vice presidential candidates, NARAL released a Report Card on Choice, with 7 out of the 10 Republican candidates receiving an "F" with comments such as "appalling job," "dreadful work," and "disappointing." The majority of the Democratic candidates received an "A" for voting on choice issues using descriptions like "outstanding" for Senator Dianne Feinstein and "a superlative performance" for Governor Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire. House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, the most recently mentioned of the Democratic vice presidential candidates, received only a "C" on choice issues because he voted to criminalize safe abortion procedures used prior to fetal viability even if the woman's health is in danger, he refused to cosponsor the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) which would have codified Roe v. Wade under federal law, and he also voted to ban Medicaid coverage for abortion services for low-income women even in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. NARAL does note, though, that he "continues to show steady progress and improvement."
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .