Here’s what we’ve been checking out online this week:
Reproductive rights in the Dominican Republic suffered a setback today when Article 30 of the Constitution was ratified by the Dominican Congress. On Akimbo, we’ve posted before about this law, which could effectively make any type of abortion unconstitutional and outlaw several forms of birth control by establishing the “inviolability of life since conception.” We will continue to keep you posted as we learn more, especially regarding options for advocacy before the text is approved by the President.
Young LGBTQ people welcomed the European Parliament’s condemnation yesterday of a Lithuanian law designed to ban information about sexuality that Chelsea Ricker decried as discriminatory on this blog last month.
A 12-year-old Yemeni girl who was forced into marriage at 8 years old and then made the news for obtaining a divorce, died in childbirth this week, serving as a sad reminder of the need to advocate for women’s rights.
During his show on Thursday, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh went on a five minute rant against women in politics, describing the “chick-i-fication” of the government and complaining that “women are messing up our sport.”
And on Akimbo:
Chelsea Ricker provided insightful analysis on a new draft of Guidelines for Sexuality Education by the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and explained why the original drafters should stand behind their guidelines, despite the controversy they’ve ignited in recent weeks.
IWHC Program Officer Audacia Ray continued to write about her experience traveling in India, where she is visiting our partners in the region, this time exploring barriers to safe abortion in India.
And lastly, we posted a photo and some background on a luncheon event we co-hosted early this week in conjunction with the United Nations Foundation featuring Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, co-authors of the new book Half the Sky.