Catholic Health Association Agrees with Birth Control Coverage Provision
The Catholic Health Association announced that it no longer disagrees with Obama Administration's Contraception Solution, a plan that will allow employees to receive free birth control coverage.
Their statement contrasts with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who claim that the administration's final regulation interferes with religious freedom. U.S. Bishops asked Congress to overturn the federal contraceptive coverage last August.
After the criticisms last year, the administration made various modifications to the regulation. Churches are not required under the mandate to provide free birth control; however, other religiously affiliated organizations are. While the CHA agrees with the compromise, many other Catholic-affiliated organizations do not. Over 60 lawsuits have been filed against the new regulations by Catholic institutions and businesses.
Media Resources: Huffington Post, 7/10/2013; Kaiser Health News, 7/10/10/2013; Feminist Newswire 8/6/2012
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. . . .