Three teens in Chicago not only raped a 12 year old girl, but posted a video of it to Facebook. See Salon.
A new Human Rights Watch report shows that women’s arrests for “moral crimes” in Afghanistan have increased by 50% in the last 18 months. See Feminist Daily News.
Forbes has released its list of the world’s most powerful women. Topping the list is Germany’s Angela Merkel.
France has legalized gay marriage! See Ms. blog.
A woman in El Salvador is begging her country to obtain a life-saving abortion. See Women’s eNews.
Last week’s rape of a 5-year-old girl in India is just the latest case in which police failed to take urgent action. See Associated Press.
A judge in North Dakota plans to issue a ruling permanently blocking the state’s restrictions on medication abortion as unconstitutional. See RH Reality Check.
New Zealand Parliament approves same-sex marriage. See Ms. Magazine.
FGM in Somalia is on the decline. See Associated Press.
In what can only be described as a completely heinous, ridiculous and inhumane act, a New Mexico lawmaker has introduced a bill that would criminalize abortion for rape victims.
Yes. You read that right.
Normally, these anti-choice politicos like to make themselves appear less nut-so by including rape exceptions in their attempts to curb abortion access. But not Rep. Cathrynn Brown (yes, a WOMAN!). If she has her way, a rape victim who ends her pregnancy would be charged with a third-degree felony for “tampering with evidence.”
According to the Huffington Post, the bill stipulates:
“Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime.”
Third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison.
Because further victimizing and criminalizing pregnant rape survivors is clearly the way to reduce abortion. Never mind things like contraception, free childcare and comprehensive sexual education. And let’s not overlook the fact that this places the burden of proof on the victim, not the perpetrator, which is completely ass backwards.
Sound off and let Rep. Brown know this is unacceptable and cruel. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The United Arab Emirates has decided to pay men to marry women who are over 30 and therefore considered too old to be single by UAE standards. See Women’s Views on News.
The Taliban in Afghanistan publicly executes a woman for adultery. Meanwhile, Secretary Clinton declares Afghanistan an ally. See RH Reality Check.
Charges have been dismissed against a woman in Sudan who had been sentenced to death by stoning. See the Nobel Women’s Initiative.
Saudi female athletes fear that pressure to send women to the Olympics will lead to a crackdown on sports. See Washington Post.
Women in Jordan struggle for equality (video). See CNN.
In today’s “oh for fuck’s sake!” news, the GOP has blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act in a 52-47 vote, further igniting its war on women and families. The GOP claimed the bill was a war on free enterprise, when in fact it would have drastically leveled the playing field for women in the workforce and helped struggling families.
In short, the Paycheck Fairness Act would have barred employers from retaliating against workers who shared information on wages, and women would not only be able to seek back pay but could also seek punitive damages for pay discrimination.
Despite what these white-collar GOPers think, pay equity matters. Big time. It’s not about free enterprise or about whiny feminists. As Senator Barbara Mikulski pointed out in yesterday’s Huffington Post op-ed, the wage gap has real, significant consequences — not just for women, but for families:
Think of a college graduate who starts working at 22 and works until they are 62. By the time they retire, there will be a $434,000 income gap. This is about supporting women, men and their families. The wage gap makes it harder for working moms to provide for their families, makes it more difficult to own a home and means there will be less in Social Security and retirement savings. This is the true cost of being a woman.
For a party that claims to be all about family values, the GOP seems hell-bent on undermining the family unit.
Want to know how your Senator voted? Check out the roll-call here. And as always, be sure to express your outrage, or thanks, accordingly.