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March, 2016

February, 2016

  • 27 February

    Medical Negligence At ICE Detention Centers Lead To Death And Suicide

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    In a horrifying report titled “Fatal Neglect: How ICE Ignores Death In Detention” released Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union, Detention Watch Network, and National Immigrant Justice Center, facts seem to show that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency does not meet basic standards to sustain human life at their detainment …

  • 25 February

    One Abortion Clinic Remains in Louisiana After Appeals Court Ruling

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    An appeals court in New Orleans ruled on Wednesday that a 2014 anti-abortion law will be upheld in the state of Louisiana. According to abortion rights groups, this order will lead to the closure of three out of four of Louisiana’s remaining abortion clinics. HB 388 was signed into law by …

  • 24 February

    Anti-Abortion Governor John Kasich Making Ohio Even More Unsafe For Women

    Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 294 on Sunday, an anti-abortion measure designed to blocked Planned Parenthood from receiving funding.  While the bill has very little direct impact on abortion services, it does block state grants and some federal funds that were intended for women and children’ health care …

  • 22 February

    Brazilian Lawmakers Want Harsher Penalties For Abortion In Facing The Zika Epidemic

    A picture made available on 12 February 2016 of Patricia Vieira de Araujo (L) holding her one-month-old granddaughter Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the zika virus during her mother's pregrnacy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11 February 2016. The mother Leticia de Araujo, who caught the Zika virus during her third month of pregnancy, says that it is possible to raise her daughter in a completely normal way. 'The only difference is that Manuelly has a time when she cries a lot and gets very nervous waving her arms' but 'beyond that is normal'.  EPA/ANTONIO LACERDA

    In a report published today by Time magazine, Matt Sandy reported on the plans of Brazilian lawmakers to increase the penalties for abortion, despite the pleas of international bodies such as the UN to legalize abortion during the Zika epidemic. Brazil, like many Latin American nations affected by Zika, does …

  • 11 February

    House Republicans Argue Against Reproductive Rights For Women With Zika Virus In Developing Nations

    In this Jan. 26, 2016 photo, Daniele Ferreira dos Santos holds her son Juan Pedro, who was born with microcephaly, outside her house in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Santos was never diagnosed with Zika, but she blames the virus for her son’s defect and for the terrible toll it has taken on her life. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    At a congressional hearing about the Zika virus and its spread from the developing world, House GOP members spoke out against efforts to provide contraception and abortion access to women who have become infected by the viral strain known to cause severe birth defects.  The $1.8 billion in emergency aid requested by …

  • 1 February

    India: Teenage Rape Victim Raped Again While Recovering In Hospital

    (AFP)

    On Monday a fifteen-year-old girl reported being raped by a hospital security guard while she was in the hospital recovering from another rape by another teenager in Jamshedpur, India.  The second rape occurred only five days after the first.  While the victim’s mother was out, the security guard escorted the victim to the …

January, 2016

  • 26 January

    Exposed: Governor Snyder’s Aides Knew Flint River Was Toxic 3 Years Before The Switch

    Credit: WSJ.com

    A new report has surfaced showing that aides to Governor Snyder were aware of Flint River’s toxicity as early as December 2012. Via US Uncut: Ed Kurtz, Gov. Snyder’s first appointed emergency manager (EM), was given authority to make all financial decisions on behalf of Flint’s elected officials (as part …

  • 26 January

    Grand Jury Indicts Two For Illegal Recording Of Planned Parenthood Smear Video

    (Steven Senne / AP)

    Two anti-abortion activists for the group Center for Medical Progress were indicted by a grand jury in Harris County, Texas for their activities in secretly recording a video which purported to show Planned Parenthood employees illegally selling fetal tissue for profit.  The same grand jury has stated that it has found no …

  • 26 January

    A bill is advancing in Florida which would make abortion a felony

    (Miami Herald File)

    Florida Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights has been trying every year since 2010 to introduce anti-abortion legislation; however, his proposals have never advanced to consideration by a committee.  Monday Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, the chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee has agreed to consider the bill. By an 8-3 vote Monday afternoon, a …

  • 20 January

    Federal agency fails to punish repeat violators of patient privacy laws

    (inforisktoday.com)

    An investigation by ProPublica and NPR claims that the federal Office for Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, tasked with enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act has accumulated data on the companies who have violated patient privacy law but failed to take any punitive action against them. …

  • 14 January

    Anti-Abortion group behind shock videos sued by Planned Parenthood

    Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, testifies during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on whether PPFA should be federally funded, September 29, 2015. (Credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

    Via Huffington Post: “Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco on Thursday against the anti-abortion activists that produced a series of heavily edited, secretly recorded videos of the family planning provider’s staffers talking about fetal tissue donations. The civil suit accuses the defendants — the anti-abortion group Center for Medical …