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September 18, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
A few days after one of Iraq's first female soldiers returned from basic training, she heard that her commander was locked in a battle with insurgents on Baghdad's volatile Haifa Street. Despite the objections of male comrades, she and another female soldier strapped on armor and automatic rifles and joined the fight. "We said, 'We're going to help our commander like you are,' " said the soldier, who asked not to be identified for fear she would lose her job.
July 25, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
The young woman dressed to dazzle. In a bright violet coat framing an ornately embroidered top, she cut an elegant figure Tuesday as she walked through columns of sunshine in the capital's Mirdamad metro station. But in addition to admiring glances, she caught the attention of government morality enforcers, who hurried after her. "Madam!" one bearded young man in a police uniform called out. "While you were passing by I could see your body." The young woman appeared stunned.
July 4, 2007 | From Reuters
An Iranian court has sentenced a women's rights activist to almost three years in prison and 10 lashes for attending a banned rally, her lawyer said Tuesday. Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh said Delaram Ali, 24, was her fourth client to be convicted over the protest in favor of rights for women in the conservative Islamic state. Scores of people were detained at the June 2006 demonstration. "The women's movement is expanding and it worries the government," Sotoudeh said.
May 29, 2007 | Hector Tobar, Times Staff Writer
About 700 women have requested abortions at public hospitals here in the month since legislators legalized abortion in this capital city, and hundreds more have received abortions at private clinics, according to government officials and abortion rights groups. Women's groups have praised city officials for moving quickly to put the law into effect after its April 24 approval by the Mexico City legislature. Abortion remains illegal in the rest of Mexico.
May 21, 2007 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
The video is shaky, but the brutality is clear. A slender, black-haired girl is dragged in a headlock through a braying mob of men. Within seconds, she is on the ground in a fetal position, covering her head with her arms in a futile attempt to fend off a shower of stones. Someone slams a concrete block onto the back of her head. A river of blood oozes from beneath her long, tangled hair.
April 29, 2007 | Scheherezade Faramarzi, Associated Press
Iranian police shoved and kicked them, loaded them into a curtained minibus and drove them away. Hours later, at the gates of Evin prison, they were blindfolded and forced to wear all-enveloping chadors, then were interrogated through the night. All 31 were women -- activists accused of receiving foreign funds to stir up dissent in Iran.
April 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A measure legalizing first-trimester abortions in Mexico City was published into law Thursday, and City Health Secretary Manuel Mondragon said the procedure would be legal starting today for women nearing the 12-week limit. Women whose pregnancies are less advanced must wait until the law's regulations are published, a move that is expected next week.
April 25, 2007 | Hector Tobar, Times Staff Writer
City lawmakers voted Tuesday to legalize abortion in this capital during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, an action supporters say will serve as a landmark for women's rights in Latin America. The legislation could result in thousands of Mexican women traveling to the capital for legal abortions. Roman Catholic activists and the leaders of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, have promised to challenge the law in court.
April 14, 2007
Re "The ERA: still a bad idea," Current, April 8 Even after three years of law school and 10 years of practice, I am completely baffled by Phyllis Schlafly's analysis of the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment. On its face, the amendment did no more than prohibit the denial or abridgement of rights based on gender. Yet Schlafly insists that it "would actually have taken away some of women's rights." Nonsense. The ERA harbors no potential to subject women to military conscription (even assuming Congress were to reinstate the draft)
April 12, 2007 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
One of the most intense battlegrounds in the abortion debate these days revolves around a simple question: What do women need to know before they terminate a pregnancy? South Dakota lawmakers want to compel doctors -- under penalty of a month in jail -- to tell women that the abortion they seek will kill a "whole, separate, unique, living human being."
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