NEW YORK, Jan 3 -- Women's rights face enormous challenges worldwide in 2017 with campaigners expecting fights to keep health clinics open, to save programs preventing unwanted pregnancies and to enforce laws protecting women from violence. NEW YORK, Jan 3 -- Women's rights face enormous challenges worldwide in 2017 with campaigners expecting fights to keep health clinics open, to save programs preventing unwanted pregnancies and to enforce laws protecting women from violence. Globally, women's rights are in the crosshairs of rising isolationism and right-wing politics in Western Europe and the United States, where President-elect Donald Trump has promised to unravel an array of beneficial policies. "There are major challenges facing women's rights coming up, not the least of which is a global cultural understanding ... that women are in essence second-class citizens," said Tarah Demant of Amnesty International USA. "This is a global phenomenon," said Demant, senior director of … [Read more...] about Women’s rights face a daunting new year worldwide, campaigners warn
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(VOVworld) - Eleven Republicans concluded the second debate at the Ronald Reagan Library in California on Wednesday in the race for the Republican nomination, with insurgent front-runner Donald Trump at center stage. During the debate, which lasted 3 hours, the candidates discussed a series of hot issues including Iran’s nuclear deal, immigration, taxation, the budget, and the specter of a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding. Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman, has become the first Republican presidential candidate to top 33% support in the race for the Republican nomination and was the target of criticism by almost all the other Republican rivals. The second gathering offered an opportunity for Republican voters to compare the 11 presidential candidates. The party has planned to organize 9 debates before its preliminary vote which will take place next February. Meanwhile the Democratic Party has scheduled 6 discussions with the first to be held on … [Read more...] about Donald Trump continues the center of second GOP debate
President Donald Trump criticized U.S. abortion laws as among the most permissive in the world in a speech to anti-abortion activists at the annual March for Life on Friday, and pledged his administration would always defend "the right to life." The Republican president's speech, relayed via video link from the White House Rose Garden to thousands gathered on Washington's National Mall, highlighted his shift in recent years from a supporter of women's access to abortion to a powerful opponent. "As you all know, Roe v. Wade has resulted in some of the most permissive abortion laws anywhere in the world," he said, criticizing the 1973 Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman's right to an abortion at most stages of a pregnancy. Trump said the United States "is one of only seven countries to allow elective late-term abortions," mentioning China and North Korea. "It is wrong. It has to change." The other countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks are Canada, the … [Read more...] about Trump decries ‘permissive’ US abortion laws at rally
Stacks of guns belonging to Brent Nicholson, seen in a police shipping corner, in Pageland, South Carolina, November 10, 2015. As sheriff’s investigators threaded past the battered cars, cast-off tires and rusted farm equipment cluttering Brent Nicholson’s front yard, there was no hint of the sinister stockpile hidden behind his windowless front door. Inside, the guns were everywhere: rifles and shotguns piled in the living room, halls and bedrooms; handguns littering tables and countertops. Outside, when they rolled up the door on the pre-fab metal garage, more arms spilled out at their feet. "This has completely changed our definition of an ass-load of guns," said Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks. Six weeks after the discovery, officers are still cataloging the weapons, many of which have proved stolen, and the final tally is expected to be close to 5,000. "I don’t know if there’s ever been (a seizure) this big anywhere before," Brooks says. The … [Read more...] about Man’s hoard of nearly 5,000 guns shows ease of amassing arms in U.S.
A man holds a sign as people gather for a vigil inside All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church the day after a gunman opened fire on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado November 28, 2015. A gunman, identified by police as Robert Lewis Dear, stormed the clinic in central Colorado on Friday and killed three people, including a police officer, and wounded nine others before surrendering after a standoff at the facility lasting several hours, authorities said. Photo: Reuters/Is The man accused of opening fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado and killing three people said "no more baby parts" while he was being arrested, NBC News and other media reported on Saturday, citing unnamed law enforcement sources. The utterance would appear to reference the controversy surrounding the organization's health services, which include abortion, and its role in delivering fetal tissue to medical researchers. It could hint at a possible motive for the rampage, though NBC … [Read more...] about Colorado shooting suspect said ‘no more baby parts’ -reports