A Pennsylvania State trooper is facing charges after police said he held a knife to his wife’s neck during an argument at their Washington County home. Authorities said Marc Packrall is suspended without pay following the alleged incident Tuesday morning in East Bethlehem Township.
April 19, 2013 Delcambre, Louisiana (First reported 12-12-12): A now former police officer,Ernest Billiot, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery. He committed the crimes, while on duty, after pulling over a woman during a traffic stop.
** April 22, 2013, Orange County, Florida: A sheriff’s deputy, 31-year-old James Knepper, was arrested on charges of domestic battery. Officers said they observed him scream obscenities and push a woman while they were facing each other.
** April 22, 2013, Minneapolis, Minnesota (First reported 04-22-13): An officer, Bradley Schnicke, 32, already facing allegations that he raped a juvenile girl was arrested again as new charges came up. He sent explicit messages and photos of his genitalia to an 11-year-old girl.
April 19, 2013, Twin Falls County, Idaho: A deputy,Sgt. Michael Cooper, a 15-year member of the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office, has been arrested on charges of felony domestic battery. He was arraigned on three counts, including inflicting traumatic injury.
April 18, 2013, Tuscaloosa, Alabama: A former police sergeant, Jason Glenn Thomas, pleaded guilty to a criminal civil rights charge for using his authority as a law enforcement officer to sexually assault a woman. “This former officer did the unimaginable when he used his police powers to sexually assault this victim,” said the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.
La jueza Graciela Jofre consideró el Síndrome de Alienación Parental como “una siniestra creación pseudocientífica” y rechazó la argumentación del padre, que había sido denunciado por la madre. El caso en el fuero penal había sido archivado.
La Justicia rechazó la existencia del llamado Síndrome de Alienación Parental (conocido como SAP), esgrimido por padres denunciados por incesto y por sus abogados para descalificar la voz del niño o la niña víctima del abuso sexual con el argumento de que la imputación sería producto de la manipulación de la madre, en el marco de divorcios conflictivos. En un fallo muy elogiado por referentes que trabajan contra el abuso sexual infantil, la jueza de paz de Villa Gesell, Graciela Jofre, señaló que el SAP “es una siniestra creación pseudocientífica” descalificada “por la comunidad científica internacional”, que “instala la sospecha sobre la víctima, devalúa la palabra del testimonio infantil y de todo aquel adulto que le cree y busca protegerlo, cuando en la casi totalidad de los abusos sexuales en la infancia, la palabra de los niños es la única prueba para iniciar la investigación”. Al mismo tiempo, la magistrada sentenció que la resolución en un juicio penal en casos de abuso sexual infantil “no hacen cosa juzgada en el fuero civil”, al rechazar un pedido de revinculación con su hijo de un hombre denunciado por incesto, cuya causa penal fue archivada, sin tomar en cuenta pericias donde se validaba la existencia del abuso.
Children with disabilities are three times more likely than children without them to be victims of sexual abuse, and the likelihood is even higher for children with intellectual or mental health disabilities. These children face many challenges in reporting the abuse and receiving vital services designed to meet their needs. Without receiving support, these children suffer long-term aftereffects, including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression, as well as an increased risk of victimization in adulthood. Vera’s Center on Victimization and Safety partnered with the Ms. Foundation for Women in 2012 to examine the prevalence of this abuse and existing responses and to recommend next steps for a national strategy to respond to this epidemic. This issues brief summarizes the study, its findings and its recommendations
A new digital outreach tool in Spanish for SAAM! Dichos or popular sayings can be used for discussing & dismantling rape culture assumptions with Spanish-speaking populations. Male entitlement, consent, and victim blaming are among the issues that these dichos address. Feel free to forward and post, and please invite colleagues/friends to "Like" this page to access Arte Sana's outreach materials and information throughout the year.....from Arte Sana More from Arte Sana here
Protesters converged at Swami Dayanand Hospital in New Delhi on Friday as shock spread in the Indian capital over the alleged rape and abduction of a 5-year-old girl by a neighbor. The girl, said to be in critical condition, was being taken to a larger facility.
Anger at the authorities began to build after the parents of the 5-year-old said that the police had failed to take their complaint seriously, failed to carry out an adequate search and then offered them 2,000 rupees — about $37 — if they would keep quiet about the case. Then on Friday, television news channels showed a large mustachioed police officer slapping a small female protester in the face.
The government’s concerns about the case ratcheted up so quickly on Friday night that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed regrets about the episode. And on Saturday, the president of the Indian National Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi — whose house was also the site of protests on Saturday — released a statement condemning the rape and saying that “action and not words are required to ensure that such incidents never happen again.”
Two police officers, including the lead investigator on the case and the one seen slapping the protester, were suspended. The lead investigator is being investigated after being accused of trying to bribe the child’s family to remain silent, said Mr. Bhagat, the police spokesman.
Y ha sido terrible no sólo por las dos mujeres asesinadas por terrorismo machista que ha habido en el Estado Español, sino también por la sarta de estupideces que se han escrito como consecuencia de estos asesinatos
AmecoPress.- Estamos acabando la semana santa y para las mujeres ha resultado terrible. Y ha sido terrible no sólo por las dos mujeres asesinadas por terrorismo machista que ha habido en el Estado Español, sino también por la sarta de estupideces que se han escrito como consecuencia de estos asesinatos.
Los medios de comunicación, los más potentes, como si se hubieran contagiado por la marea de regresión general se han apuntado a un retroceso en sus formas de redactar las noticias haciendo caso omiso a las recomendaciones que, desde algunas organizaciones de periodistas y comunicadoras, se han hecho al respecto y se ha apuntado al carro de que este tipo de noticias aparezcan en el apartado de “sucesos”. Así y al parecer volvemos a estar a un paso de que se vuelva a hablar de ”crímenes pasionales”, cuando en realidad se trata de asesinatos machistas consecuencia de eso que poca gente quiere llamar por su nombre y que se llama Terrorismo Machista.
MUST SEE! 20 minute outstanding passionate discussion among Indian feminists. april 19, 2013
Discussion of incidents of brutal police violence against women amid gang-rape cases that continue to surface - the latest rape being reported of a 5-year-old girl in Delhi. Indian women debate: even before sensitizing the force, do we urgently need to first decriminalize the police?
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India: Justice Verma Committee was constituted to recommend amendments to the Criminal Law so as to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for criminals accused of committing sexual assault against women. The Committee submitted its report on January 23, 2013.
INew Delhi: The father of a five-year-old girl who was held captive and raped allegedly by her neighbour in the national capital, has alleged that the police had offered him R 2,000 "to keep quiet", and advised him to "thank god that your daughter is alive".s.
"We went to the police to register an FIR (First Information Report) but they refused. They did not try to find her, and instead drove us away," the father of the child told reporters outside the Swami Dayananda Hospital in east Delhi's Shahdara, where the girl is battling for her life.
The father said that when the family finally found the girl on Wednesday, more than two days after she went missing, the police told the family to not highlight the issue, and offered them a bribe. "The police told us that we should not highlight the issue in the media and gave us Rs.2,000 as kharcha-pani (for expenses and refreshment)," said the father.
"The police told us to take our daughter home and pray for her recovery," a relative added.
In March of 2013, the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University Washington College of Law conducted a nationwide survey of immigrant victim’s advocates and attorneys to learn about the experiences immigrant and LEP victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes have in their interactions with law enforcement.
The linked report , National Survey of Service Providers on Police Response to Immigrant Crime Victims, U Visa Certification and Language Access, presents findings from the survey in which 722 agencies responded from 50 jurisdictions, reporting on the experiences of over 22,000 immigrant crime victims.
The survey focused on two main issues: U visa certification and access to police assistance for Limited English Proficient and immigrant clients.
Part One of the report focuses on findings regarding application and implementation of the U visa. The responses highlight the need for:
Increasing the U visa Cap;
Removing the supervisor certification requirement;
and Making changes to DHS policies and regulations to effectively help immigrant crime victims and encourage their trust and use of the justice system protections
Part Two of the report focuses on findings regarding language access for Limited English Proficient (LEP) crime victim clients. Some of the more concerning findings include:
Police used unqualified interpreters in 30% of reported cases;
The police spoke only with the perpetrator who spoke English in 8.1% of domestic violence cases and 10.7% of sexual assault cases; and
The police did not take reports in 9.6% of sexual assault cases; in 10.4% of domestic violence cases and 11.8% of human trafficking case involving immigrant crime victim clients.
Picture this. A man, armored in tattoos, bursts into a living room not his own. He confronts an enemy. He barks orders. He throws that enemy into a chair. Then against a wall. He plants himself in the middle of the room, feet widespread, fists clenched, muscles straining, face contorted in a scream of rage. The tendons in his neck are taut with the intensity of his terrifying performance. He chases the enemy to the next room, stopping escape with a quick grab and thrust and body block that pins the enemy, bent back, against a counter. He shouts more orders: his enemy can go with him to the basement for a "private talk," or be beaten to a pulp right here. Then he wraps his fingers around the neck of his enemy and begins to choke her.
No, that invader isn't an American soldier leading a night raid on an Afghan village, nor is the enemy an anonymous Afghan householder. This combat warrior is just a guy in Ohio named Shane. He's doing what so many men find exhilarating: disciplining his girlfriend with a heavy dose of the violence we render harmless by calling it "domestic."
Some fears are convenient: terrorism has devoured money and civil rights and government surveillance at a rate that is itself terrifying. And it's made "security" into doublespeak. In terms of actual American deaths, terrorists are right down there with sharks. (Zero domestic shark deaths in 2011, 12 worldwide.) Some fears are inconvenient: if you look at leading causes of death and injury for women, the terms "terrorist" and "husband" should perhaps be interchangeable. Male violence, much of it by partners and former partners, is the second highest cause of death for women between 15 and 44, worldwide. And in the U.S., suicide kills more of us than homicide, as Erika Eichelberger points out in a timely piece on violence in the home.
To acknowledge what really threatens us is to upset two of the most guarded citadels in this country: the military and masculinity. They are perhaps the same force on different scales. Armed intervention is imperial machismo in the same way a raging husband or father is the military dictator of a household. Maybe "domestic terrorist" should be twinned with "domestic violence." After all, the seldom acknowledged main form of such terrorism in this country in recent decades, anti-abortion violence, fits in comfortably, being an assault on women's rights to bodily autonomy and self-determination.
It was getting late, the student center all but deserted. My old friend and I had a table to ourselves, awkwardly wedged among the chairs that had been set in a circle for an invited talk I had just given to some undergraduates about issues for women in science.
My friend alluded to having a challenging field site. Her face, which was usually open and bright, with a smile so infectious and delighted and thoroughly optimistic you couldn’t help but love her, was subdued, careful. She talked around it for a while. Then she told me of her sexual assault in the field.
Misogynists in the men’s and fathers’ rights movements have developed a set of claims about women to support their depictions of them as violent liars and manipulators of men. Some suggest that women attack men, even sexually, just as much as men attack women. Others claim that vast numbers of reported rapes of women, as much as half or even more, are fabrications designed to destroy men they don’t like or to gain the upper hand in contested custody cases. What follows is a brief look at some of these claims and what the best science really shows.
THE CLAIM Men’s rights activists often insist that men are victimized by sex crimes and abuse just as much as women are, if not more. This assertion is meant to support their contention that the courts and laws outrageously favor women.
THE REALITY A major 2010 study by the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control thoroughly debunks such claims. Nearly one in five American women (18.3%), the study found, have been raped; the comparable number for men is one in 71 (1.4%). Not only that, but more than half (51.1%) of female victims reported that their rapist was an intimate partner — a current or former spouse or boyfriend, or a date. According to a 2000 study by the Department of Justice, female rape victims were also about twice as likely as male rape victims to be injured during an assault (31.5% versus 16.5%), even though many women do not physically resist their attackers for fear of injury. Overall, the studies found, most violence of all kinds against women (64%) came from current or former intimate partners, while that is true for only about one-sixth (16.2%) of men. Women were also far more likely to be stalked than men (16.2% versus 5.2%), and two-thirds of women’s stalkers (66.2%) were current or former intimate partners, compared to four in 10 for men (41.4%). A 2005 Department of Justice study also found that between 1998 and 2002, 84% of spousal abuse victims were female, as were 86% of victims of abuse at the hands of a dating partner. Males made up 83% of all spouse murderers and 75% of dating partner murderers.
* Most immigrants deported are not serious criminals- report
* ICE defends Secure Communities program
By David Adams
MIAMI, April 15 (Reuters) - Federal immigration officials in South Florida are failing to abide by an Obama administration directive to focus deportation efforts on dangerous criminals, according to a report Monday by a Miami-based immigration advocacy group and researchers from a Florida university.
Meet a woman who’s undocumented and extremely unafraid.
Claudia Muñoz, an activist that works with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, turned herself in to Immigration and Customs Enforcement in order to fact-check the Obama administration’s assertion that it isn’t deporting low-level offenders.
In a video recording she made and uploaded to YouTube before turning herself into ICE, Muñoz says:
"I used to be afraid at some point but I’m not anymore. I know there’s going to be people on the outside who have my back, and who have done this before, and they have given me the power as a community to be unafraid. And I will go in there and I will find every single person that’s in my situation that’s not supposed to be there in the first place.
This article presents the results of a study examining the challenges facing the U.S. criminal justice system in its efforts to combat human trafficking.
Findings from the study on the challenges facing the U.S. criminal justice system in its efforts to combat human trafficking include the following: identifying victims of human trafficking can be extremely difficult because perpetrators hide and move their victims; the cultural and organizational characteristics of police agencies, including a lack of proactive strategies, can hinder efforts to identify victims; victims are reluctant to cooperate with investigators because they fear retaliation from traffickers or they distrust law enforcement; law enforcement officers often have negative stereotypes about victims of human trafficking, especially those involved in prostitution and drug use; and many human trafficking cases are often cross-jurisdictional. This study examined the challenges facing law enforcement in human trafficking investigations to determine whether incidents of human trafficking have been overstated or whether law enforcement agencies and officials have not been able to effectively confront the problem. Data for the study were obtained from a review of 140 closed trafficking case files, and interviews with 166 practitioners from Federal, State, and local law enforcement, victim service providers, Federal and State prosecutors, and other stakeholders across 12 sites. The data was analyzed to determine which characteristics of human trafficking cases attracted local law enforcement’s attention and how attitudes predicted adjudicatory outcomes. The review of the cases indicates that while 69 percent of the cases prosecuted resulted in offenders being held accountable, they were often prosecuted for a crime other than human trafficking, posing a problem for crime reporting. Additional problems related to the challenges of investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases are discussed. Notes
Legislation Targeting Sex Offenders: Are Recent Policies Effective in Reducing Rape?
Justice Quarterly Volume:29 Issue:6 Dated:December 2012 Pages:858 to 887
Alissa R. Ackerman ; Meghan Sacks ; David F. Greenberg
This study examined whether the adoption of new restrictions on convicted sex offenders had an effect on the incidence of rape.
In recent years, several pieces of State and Federal legislation have imposed new restrictions on convicted sex offenders, including registration with law enforcement agencies, community notification provisions, and sexually violent predator designations permitting civil commitment following a prison sentence. This paper uses panel data for the American States for the years 1970–2002 to assess the impact of these policies on the rate at which rapes occur. This research finds no evidence that the current policies reduce the incidence of rape. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
UPDATE: We have just heard that the RCMP is now reopening the investigation into Rehtaeh's case. I think that is a great step, however, if we don't want this to happen again - if we want real justice - we need to find out why the RCMP did not lay charges in the first place. The Minister must call for an independent inquiry into the police investigation. Please continue to ask all of your friends to sign the petition.
I am horrified at what happened to Rehtaeh. She was a beautiful, caring person. She was a amazing artist. She loved animals.
"Kind Hearted Woman" is a long documentary, running in total five hours and spanning years in the life of Robin Charboneau, a divorced Oglala Sioux mother of two trying to find footing for herself and her family after a lifetime of abuse, alcoholism and financial distress. When the film begins, Charboneau is trudging through the snow on the side of a road in the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota where she lives, fresh from rehab. Her kids, the almost teenage Darien and the younger Anthony, are living with their father and, though they love their mother, choose to stay with him when she moves away to Fargo to escape the temptations to backslide at the rez.
"Kind Hearted Woman" is a translation of Robin's Native American name, but it also recalls the title of a Robert Johnson song -- and Robin seems like someone who understands the blues. Taken from her alcoholic mother at a young age and put into foster care, she was repeatedly raped and molested growing up. The man she married was also abusive, and she's struggled with drinking herself. But Robin methodically perseveres through endless setbacks and situations that seem heavy and hopeless, including Darien's reveal that her father, Robin's ex, had molested her. The court case that follows becomes one of the film's dramatic centers, but also reveals the incredible complexity of the situation, because so bad had it gotten when Robin was drinking that Darien would still choose to stay with her father, permitting he leave her alone.
"Kind Hearted Woman" is patient in its observations, and has the time to let them unfold, which is why its reveals about how cyclical abuse and addiction can be are so powerful -- Robin has to earn back the trust of her children, and has to face a tendency of victims of abuse to take blame on themselves. It's a battle she's overcome but that still has to be fought by her cousin and former foster child, who too was molested by Robin's ex, and by Darien. Shame is another part of the struggle, as the accused's family seem more worried about what people will think of the case than the terrible wrongs inflicted on two children.
Like the recent "The Invisible War" and "Mea Maxima Culpa," the film also provides an example of the failures of closed groups to regulate themselves, particularly in cases of sexual assault. Despite Robin's ex-husband getting convicted for molesting two girls, one his own daughter, he retained shared custody of the kids, and Robin tries unsuccessfully to change this in a tribal court system in which those making the decisions are frequently related to or friends with the plaintiffs and defendants. (On its website, Frontline has chronicled a story related to but taking place outside the film in which reports of child abuse cases being covered up on the Spirit Lake Reservation led to the tribe’s social services agency being taken over by the Bureau of Indian Affairs last fall.)
Robin's misfortunes and afflictions aren't unique to the Native American community, but are more common (to an alarming degree) within it, and "Kind Hearted Woman" presents how complicated a role Robin's culture plays in her existence -- it's something from which she draws strength and identity, but its also something, in the form of the reservation, she has to leave in order to maintain her sobriety, to study and to find work, as much as that means taking her kids away from everything they knew. Her path is very rocky, and she's a highly imperfect heroine, but there's a quiet, stunning nobility to her endurance, to her devotion to her children and to the way she's embraced the power of telling her story, both in person and in opening her life to Sutherland's cameras.
La Agencia Pagará $1 Millón de Dólares y Tendrá que Cambiar Procedimientos a Nivel Nacional
Veintidós personas Latinas que fueron víctimas de redadas ilegales efectuadas sin autorización judicial por agentes de inmigración, hoy lograron un acuerdo legal requiriendo que el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) pague $1 millón de dólares por daños y perjuicios e implemente nuevas regulaciones a nivel nacional para agentes de ICE que entren a domicilios sin orden judicial. Además, ocho hombres y mujeres que fueron arrestados durante las redadas recibieron acción diferida o cierre de sus casos de inmigración.
"Este acuerdo es un gran logro para inmigrantes en todo el país. Los agentes de inmigración ya no tienen rienda suelta para invadir sus hogares y cometer abusos sin temer consecuencias disciplinarias,” dijo Juan Cartagena, Presidente de la Organización Latino Justice PRLDEF, la cual, junto con el Centro de Derechos Constitucionales y la firma de abogados Winston & Strawn, represento a los demandantes. "El mensaje de hoy es fuerte y claro: Los agentes de ICE no están por encima de la ley."
Las prácticas de redadas sin orden judicial en casas de inmigrantes usualmente implicaban a una docena de agentes de ICE armados. Estos rodeaban la casa en la madrugada, golpeaban puertas, alumbraban con linternas a través de las ventanas y exigían o forzaban su entrada. Una vez se abría una puerta, los agentes entraban sin consentimiento al domicilio, incluyendo a habitaciones privadas, y ordenaban o arrastraban a sus habitantes a las áreas comunes – a menudo los residentes estaban tan solo con ropa de dormir. Los agentes afirmaron que este tipo de prácticas constituían “consentimiento para entrar.”
Twenty-two Latino victims of unlawful warrantless home raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) obtained a settlement today requiring new national policies for ICE agents conducting warrantless home operations and $1 million in damages and fees. In addition, eight men and women who were arrested during the raids have received either deferred action or termination of their immigration cases.
"Immigrants across the country can stand up and cheer for what has been accomplished by this settlement. No longer will ICE agents have free rein to invade the homes of immigrants, especially Latino immigrants, and be as abusive as they want without any worry that they might be reprimanded," said Juan Cartagena, President of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, who, along with the Center for Constitutional Rights and Winston & Strawn, represented the plaintiffs. "The message today is loud and clear. ICE agents have to follow the law."
ICE's warrantless home raid practices have typically involved a dozen armed ICE agents surrounding a home in the pre-dawn hours, pounding on the doors, shining flashlights through windows, and demanding or forcing entry. Once a door was opened, the agents would push their way in, enter private bedrooms without consent, and drag or order terrified, just-awakened residents – often only partially dressed in nightclothes – into central areas. Agents claimed these practices constituted "consent to enter."
UNWomen, UNICEF, and the UNDP commissioned a report from the Danish Institute for Human Rights on the role that Informal Justice Systems (IJS) play in developing countries. An informal justice system is a non-governmental system that effects and adjudicates the law. In developing countries, these systems adjudicate up to 80% of disputes, according to UNWomen. Accordingly, this report examined the effect that informal justice systems have on the rights of women in a community, and the ways in which policy developers can engage with these systems for the purpose of furthering international human rights.
The report indicates that women are affected by informal justice systems in a variety of ways. First, depending on the structure of the system, women may not have access to legal remedies, and even if a woman can seek legal recourse, she may not be able to use a female advocate or female witnesses. Moreover, informal justice systems generally dictate a woman’s rights within the social structure—including the right to a divorce, right to own property, and rights to personal integrity and physical security.
Given the significant impact that informal justice systems play in perpetuating the cultural and legal status of women in a community, the report encourages advocates to engage these systems in order to promote compliance with international human rights standards. Doing so requires that informal justice systems be included in sector-level programming that promotes the education of adjudicators, accountability mechanisms, and enforced procedural regulations. Currently, in Zambia, there is a pilot program designed to connect paralegals with informal justice systems for the purpose of providing legal advice and counseling.
Children under the age of 18 make up the vast majority of sexual violence victims in war zones or countries recovering from conflict.
Madeleine, 16, and her older sister were forced to walk for four hours after they were kidnapped from their home in a small village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The two soldiers who took them were armed and Madeleine’s parents were too scared to defend them.
“They were hitting us with their guns to make us go faster,” she said. “I kept falling over in the mud because it was so dark.”
When the girls arrived in an unknown location in the bush, one soldier took her sister away. Madeleine was raped.
I took part in a recent debate on Fox News’ Sean Hannity Show about whether women should just get guns in order to prevent rape. There I said the following:
“I think that the entire conversation is wrong. I don’t want anybody to be telling women anything. I don’t want men to be telling me what to wear and how to act, not to drink. And I don’t, honestly, want you to tell me that I needed a gun in order to prevent my rape. In my case, don’t tell me if I’d only had a gun, I wouldn’t have been raped. Don’t put it on me to prevent the rape.”
As a rape survivor, the conversation about how to best combat rape and domestic violence is personal and can be very challenging. Rape culture is a pervasive part of our society because of social conditioning. Yet we struggle to find ways to avoid patterns of victim blaming and many of us would rather advise women on the precautions they should take to avoid being raped as opposed to starting at the root of the problem: teaching men and boys not to be rapists in the first place.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday cracked down on generals who now possess the power to overturn sex assault sentences, ordering the first substantive shift of his tenure in how the military handles rape convictions in the ranks.
But victims’ advocates quickly lashed the move as merely a meager tweak that fails to meet mounting calls to remove all sex-assault investigations from the chain of command and to inject civilian oversight into a controversial system of justice further exposed by the recent Aviano case.
04.10.13 - Jackson Women’s Health Organization—Mississippi’s last abortion clinic—could be just weeks away from closing its doors. Governor Phil Bryant and the overwhelmingly anti-choice state legislature have passed a law that could make Mississippi the first “abortion free” state with no consideration for the health, rights, or safety of women.
But Mississippi women are not alone. We’re launching a virtual March on Miss to protest the anti-choice protestors and show our solidarity for JWHO. You can get involved by exploring the options below.