Joy of Resistance News Headlines and links for September 19, 2012

The 2012 Republican platform includes a human life amendment that would criminalize abortion nationwide, with no exceptions for rape and incest. Thus bringing into the mainstream extreme anti-abortion views of the far right.

Sept. 12. Missouri lawmakers enacted new religious exemptions from insurance coverage of birth control, overriding a gubernatorial veto and directly rebutting an Obama administration policy requiring insurers to cover contraception. The Greater Kansas City Coalition of Labor Union Women has said it will seek an injunction against the measure.

Sept. 14. the Virginia Board of Health passed medically unnecessary restrictions on reproductive health providers which require clinics to comply with new hospital construction standards not related to abortion or “need.” This decision represents back-pedaling from the board’s earlier decision to “grandfather” existing clinics and will mean the shutdown of these clinics.

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that if Roe v. Wade were overturned, and the 31 states expected to ban abortion, did that, the average travel distance to the nearest abortion provider would increase by 157 miles. It also found that women seeking abortions are generally “sensitive” to travel costs — resulting in more poor women being forced to bear children.

In Turkey, a woman shot and beheaded a man who had been systematically raping her and bragging about it while her husband was doing seasonal work in another town, claiming she did it to “cleanse her honor.” The case has caused a storm of controversy, with women’s organisations rallying to her support. Journalist Elif Shafak said it shows that in “this patriarchal country it is always women who pay the price” and highlights the lack of Turkish institutions offering abused women support.

Tunisian women took it to the streets to protect their rights in mid-August and controversy continues over a Draft for the new Constitution which refers to women as “complementary to men” but makes no reference to equality.

Tunisia was one of the most secular of Arab states before the Islamist Ennahda party won elections last year.


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