Donors to Planned Parenthood of Indiana will cover the cost of treating Medicaid patients through the next week, after a state law cutting off Medicaid funds to the health-care provider took effect May 11, reported the Indianapolis Star May 14. The organization is challenging the constitutionality of the law in federal court and a judge is expected to decide by July 1 whether to allow the law to continue being enforced until the final verdict. The private donations may not cover costs until the judge's decision but can ensure current patients' coverage at least through May 21.
More News to Cheer This Week:
- Maj. Gen. Augustin Bizimungu was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda that killed 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutus, reported CBS News. The conflict led to a 100-day mass killing and the rape and sexual abuse of women and girls.
- Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer vetoed a bill May 12 that severely limited privacy for minors and restricted women's access to reproductive health. The Center for Reproductive Rights sent a letter to the governor urging him to veto the bill.
- A coalition of women's advocacy and civil rights groups in Maine is vowing to block a bill that would give legal standing to human fetuses, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network reported May 18.
- After three separate rapes occurred within nine days at California Polytechnic State University, school officials have launched their own investigation separate from the police, reported the Tribune in San Luis Obispo, Calif., May 18. Change.org created a petition after the first rape occurred, calling for a change in the way the school handles sexual assault on campus.
- The NoVo Foundation, aimed at creating equality and partnership in our culture, launched a 10-year, $80 million initiative last week to end violence against women in the United States, according to a press release May 13.
- Yale University, with the help of Patricia and Peter Gruber, is creating the Gruber Foundation to improve science, global justice and women's rights, while helping young scientists, the college announced in a press release May 16.