Blog Archives

Schoolgirls in Nigeria Kidnapped and Feared Doomed as Sex Slaves

April 19, 2014
By
Schoolgirls in Nigeria Kidnapped and Feared Doomed as Sex Slaves

This week armed men kidnapped dozens of girls from their school in Nigeria. There is widespread fear that the girls will be used as sex slaves and laborers by the Boko Haram militants who continue to terrorize the country with bombings, massacres, shootings and seizure. Studying for their exams, the girls had remained at the school in…

Read more »

Discouraging Reports on Women’s Progress Around the World Conclude: Men Must Change

February 14, 2014
By
Discouraging Reports on Women’s Progress Around the World Conclude: Men Must Change

A number of reports on the progress made by women paint a generally dismal picture with some bright spots. The United Nations Population Fund notes that in less developed countries women’s status, maternal death, and child marriage have experienced little, if any, progress in the last two decades. Worldwide, women are still paid less than…

Read more »

Over a Decade After Taliban Driven From Power, Women Face Renewed Oppression in Afghanistan

February 9, 2014
By
Over a Decade After Taliban Driven From Power, Women Face Renewed Oppression in Afghanistan

For 12 years, women rights have inched forward in Afghanistan. But those fragile gains are in danger of being stripped away by the Taliban insurgency and the government. Violent attacks on female members of Parliament and female police officers have grown and Parliament is on the verge of approving legislation that threatens to end hard-won…

Read more »

Hospital Bills Family Of Woman Taken Off Life Support For Forced Medical Treatment

February 1, 2014
By
Hospital Bills Family Of Woman Taken Off Life Support  For Forced Medical Treatment

The family of Maria Munoz endured months of distress as John Peter Smith Hospital forced medical treatment on the brain-dead woman against their wishes because, the hospital said, she was pregnant. The hospital has now sent bills for that unwanted “treatment” to her husband. The hospital willfully kept Ms. Munoz on “life” support although they…

Read more »

New Surgeon General Report: Smoking is Deadlier than Ever

January 18, 2014
By
New Surgeon General Report: Smoking is Deadlier than Ever

Fifty years after the first report on smoking by a surgeon general in the U.S., a new report greatly expands smoking related illness. In 1965, roughly 43% of adults smoked. Today only 18% smoke, yet smoking is the biggest cause of premature death in this country, killing more than 400,000 people a year. Far more…

Read more »

Doctor Assisted Suicide Takes Another Step Forward

January 14, 2014
By
Doctor Assisted Suicide Takes Another Step Forward

It’s been a long time since Dr. Jack Kervorkian went to jail for helping terminally ill, suffering patients die. These days a quiet movement is advancing in several states that grants the right of doctor assisted suicide to terminally ill, mentally competent individuals. The most recent state to move in this direction is New Mexico…

Read more »

Brain Dead Woman In Texas Kept On Life Support Against Her Wishes Because She’s Pregnant

January 8, 2014
By
Brain Dead Woman In Texas Kept On Life Support Against Her Wishes Because She’s Pregnant

Marlise Munoz died after suddenly collapsing from an apparent blood clot in her lungs. As her family – her husband and parents – came to grips with their tragic loss in intensive care, they were stunned to learn from a doctor at John Peter Smith Hospital that Marlise would not be removed from life support because…

Read more »

For Christmas, Israeli Forces Demolished Palestinian Bedouin Village for 63rd Time

December 28, 2013
By
For Christmas, Israeli Forces Demolished Palestinian Bedouin Village for 63rd Time

Israeli forces swept into the Palestinian village of al-Araqib in the Negev Desert on Thursday morning. After driving villagers from their homes, bulldozers, escorted by police patrols, demolished all the Bedouin homes, most of them built of corrugated steel. It was the 63rd time the inhabitants have watched helplessly as Israeli forces assaulted their village…

Read more »

The push from lobbyists to label Genetically Modified Food as “Natural”

December 22, 2013
By
The push from lobbyists to label Genetically Modified Food as “Natural”

First the food and beverage corporations tried to stop products made with genetically modified ingredients from being labeled as such. Now they want the right to label such products “natural.” The Grocery Manufacturers Association, a billion dollar lobbying group representing large food and beverage corporations, has written to the Food and Drug Administration notifying them…

Read more »

How Not To Talk to Women: GOP’s Priebus Affirms Abortion Should Be Illegal at 16 Weeks

December 20, 2013
By
How Not To Talk to Women: GOP’s Priebus Affirms Abortion Should Be Illegal at 16 Weeks

As Republicans grapple with “how to talk to women” to win back their votes, they just can’t stop shooting themselves in the foot. For years, the GOP has affirmed they know what’s best for women, especially on reproductive rights. The latest gem comes from Republican National Committee Chair, Reince Priebus, who has now called for…

Read more »

A Lot of Shaking Going On Courtesy of Gas and Oil Industries

December 14, 2013
By
A Lot of Shaking Going On Courtesy of  Gas and Oil Industries

Lots of earthquakes are shaking things up. No, not in California. In Oklahoma, which has never been earthquake country. Oklahoma is tornado territory. But in the last few years, Oklahoma has experienced thousands of quakes, most of them minor. Last Saturday a magnitude 4.5 quake really shook things up, badly damaging more than a dozen…

Read more »

Worst idea ever: Bishops’ mandates require that religious doctrines determine treatment

December 10, 2013
By
Worst idea ever: Bishops’ mandates require that religious doctrines determine treatment

A pregnant woman, Tamesha Means, experienced severe pain when her water broke at 18 weeks. She was rushed to Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon, Michigan, the only hospital in her county. Typically when this happens, labor is induced or the fetus is surgically removed. But doctors at Catholic Hospital operate under directives from the bishops…

Read more »