Federal Court Rejects Planned Parenthood RU-486 Appeal
On Friday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal by Planned Parenthood to reconsider Ohio restrictions of RU-486 that had been decided by a partial court in October.
In October, the Court upheld a 2004 Ohio law that restricts the use of the drug RU-486, also known as mifepristone or the "abortion pill," beyond seven weeks, making a surgical procedure the only option for many women seeking to terminate a pregnancy. The law also requires clinics to administer the medications in exact accordance with FDA regulations even though many clinics administer the pill in safe off-label methods.
The decision on Friday means the restrictions on the abortion pill are likely to remain permanent. This could also set an example for other states with legal challenges to similar restrictions such as Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee.
Media Resources: RH Reality Check 12/3/12; Americans United for Life 11/30/12; Feminist Newswire 10/3/12
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .