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Abortion Rule Blocked; Violence Up in Kenya's Camps

Friday, July 29, 2011

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Humanitarian organizations have said that as the volume of refugees entering camps in Dadaab, Kenya, has increased, so has gender-based violence against women in the camps, reported CBC News July 25. When mostly women and children refugees travel to Dadaab from places such as famine-struck Somalia, they are attacked, robbed or raped on the way.

More News to Jeer This Week:

  • California's secretary of state on July 26 cleared a group to begin collecting signatures for a ballot referendum to overturn a first-in-the-nation law requiring public schools to teach the contributions of gays and lesbians in social studies lessons, reported The Associated Press.
  • The Foreign Press Association in Israel blasted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office July 21 after the security team forced several female journalists to take off their bras before being allowed into press events, reported ABC News.


  • The New York City hotel worker who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault is thanking her supporters, The Associated Press reported July 28, in a brief carried by The New York Times. The court date in the attempted rape case of former International Monetary Fund boss Strauss-Kahn has been postponed to Aug. 23, his lawyers said, adding they hope charges will be dismissed by that date, reported Reuters July 26.
  • Rep. David Wu, D-Wash., will not seek re-election for his seat in Congress after House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi requested an investigation into allegations from a young woman about a sexual encounter and pressure from his constituents to resign, reported the Huffington Post July 26.
  • Male contraceptives are attracting growing interest from scientists, who believe they hold promise for being safe and effective, reported The New York Times July 25.
  • A Gallup survey revealed an almost 50-50 split between those who favored mandatory ultrasounds before abortion and allowing doctors to opt out of abortions and those who opposed them, reported Politico July 25.
  • The number of abortions has declined for the fourth consecutive year in Minnesota, hitting what may be an all-time low, reported The Associated Press July 28.
  • National gay rights organization Human Rights Campaign plans to launch a bus tour starting Aug. 12 in Salt Lake City and ending Oct. 30 in Orlando, Fla., to visit 11 states that ban same-sex marriage, reported The Associated Press July 28.
  • In observance of the 46th anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare this week, supporters staged a funeral procession, complete with a hearse and coffins, at State Sen. Alberta Darlings office in Glendale, Wis., according to a press release from Citizen Action of Wisconsin July 28.


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