TIME Magazine has named Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
TIME Magazine has named Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. This is the first time that Richards, 53, has been on the list. In naming her the magazine wrote:
"The Republican wave that defined the 2010 midterm elections gave pro-life activists more allies in office, and they're not letting those new majorities go to waste. Reproductive rights, and Planned Parenthood specifically, are being targeted, and Richards is leading the effort to resist a vigorous push to cut funding for family planning."
More News to Cheer This Week:
- Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will open facilities in 12 new areas in Nebraska and Iowa over the next five years, the CEO and president announced April 14, reported Des Moines Register , a daily morning newspaper for the Iowa city.
- Hilton Worldwide Inc. has become the fourth U.S. company to sign the tourism Code of Conduct, ECPAT-USA announced in a press release April 21. The code focuses on the protection of children from sexual exploitation in the travel and tourism industries.
- India's Supreme Court has told states to "ruthlessly stamp out" "honor" killings, reported the BBC on April 20. The court also warned that senior officials who failed to act against the offenders would be prosecuted and asked state governments to suspend district magistrates and senior police officers of an area if they failed to act. This was in response to two widows being bludgeoned to death by a man in Haryana on April 17 who accused them of being in a lesbian relationship, reported the BBC April 19.
- For the first time in Egyptian history, a woman is running for president. Buthayna Kamel's candidacy in elections expected later this year is the result of the youth uprising that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak and his ruling party, NPR reported April 19.
- Three New York State legislators are again pushing forward with a bill that would create a Domestic Violence Offender Database, Gothamist reported April 18.
- The Philippine president promised April 17 to push for the enactment of a family planning bill, Responsible Parenthood bill, even if it means excommunication from the Catholic Church, reported China's Xinhua General News Service. President Benigno Aquino III supported the controversial bill after the European Union offered to provide money to help poor Filipinos gain free access to contraceptives.