February 25, 2006 |
South Dakota lawmakers crafted a direct challenge to Roe vs. Wade on Friday, passing a bill that bans abortions -- including in cases of rape or incest -- except for those in which the procedure is deemed necessary to save a woman's life. The sweeping measure, which Republican Gov. Michael Rounds said he was inclined to sign into law, seems certain to face legal challenge. Some abortion opponents say that is precisely the point.
February 18, 2006 |
Sexually abusing a teenager is a less serious crime if the girl is not a virgin, an Italian court ruled. It granted the appeal of a man identified as Marco T. who forced his 14-year-old stepdaughter to have oral sex. He now could get a lighter sentence. "I think we have gone back 50 years," said Maria Gabriella Carnieri Moscatelli, who aids sexually abused women. Luana Zanella of the Greens party also blasted the ruling.
January 3, 2006 |
Iran ordered the closure of a daily newspaper and banned a women's publication in the first media crackdown since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president in August. No reason was given for the moves, but a journalist at the economic daily Asia said it had been warned about printing photos of women deemed improperly dressed. Nour-e Banovan, aimed at women, had not yet been published.
December 17, 2005 |
Two suspected Taliban guerrillas dragged a teacher from a classroom in southern Afghanistan and shot him to death after he ignored their warning letters to stop teaching girls, police said. Thursday's attack occurred in Helmand province's Nad Ali district, Police Chief Abdul Rahman Sabir said.
December 4, 2005 |
Central African Republic told radio and TV stations to stop airing songs that encourage men to dump their wives, saying such music hinders national development. "It's out of the question that music of misogynist character should be allowed to ride roughshod over questions of equality and the respect of the Central African woman," a Communications Ministry official said. Polygamy is legal in the former French colony, with men allowed to have up to four wives.
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November 2, 2005 |
Chaundra Smith got pregnant last spring. Awash in conflicting emotions, she was sure about one thing: Telling her parents wasn't an option. "I just didn't want to disappoint them," the Austin high school senior recalled. But when Smith telephoned an abortion clinic for an appointment, she learned that state law required what she so desperately sought to avoid -- that her parents be notified.
October 18, 2005 |
Missouri officials must let a pregnant inmate have an abortion, the Supreme Court said Monday, rejecting an appeal by Republican Gov. Matt Blunt. The state argued that taxpayers should not have to pick up the tab for transporting the woman to an abortion clinic. Blunt criticized the court, saying its decision "is highly offensive to traditional Missouri values and is contrary to state law, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being spent to facilitate abortions."
September 23, 2005 |
A Pakistani man cut the nose and lips off his 19-year-old sister-in-law after she went to court for a divorce, police said. Mohammed Hasan Abbas shot at Amna Abbas and her brother, causing them to fall off a bicycle, as they left court in Punjab province. Abbas attacked the woman, mutilating her face, police said. Abbas fled and the woman was hospitalized.
July 27, 2005 |
Less than three weeks before Iraq's National Assembly is to approve a new constitution, the U.S. appears increasingly concerned about the document and is vocally trying to influence its provisions on issues such as women's rights, federalism and the distribution of oil revenue. Instead of staying behind the scenes as did his predecessor, U.S.
July 20, 2005 |
A draft version of the constitution would make fundamental changes in the legal rights of Iraqi women, undoing decades of progressive treatment and likely sharply reducing the number of women in the National Assembly. Currently, women hold 31% of the seats in the National Assembly, and under the Transitional Administrative Law that set up the assembly, they must hold at least 25% of the seats.