Undercovered Stories: New Abortion Restrictions in Missouri and Kentucky
*There is now only a single woman on the court. Imagine the world if homes, businesses, schools, had one woman for every eight men.
*Many states fail to adequately protect incarcerated women from sexual misconduct at the hands of corrections staff and allow the dangerous practice of shackling inmates during the third trimester of pregnancy -- including during labor and delivery, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) said in a report released at the start of Women's History Month.
Source: Amnesty International USA
In the Workplace
*A Colorado Springs woman who claimed that Wal-Mart fired her after she accused a co-worker of sexual harassment appears to have reached a settlement with the retail giant. Sherri Anderson, a 40-year-old former Wal-Mart employee, filed the suit in federal district court last year, alleging she was discriminated against because she is a woman. She claimed a store greeter made sexually suggestive remarks, pinched her bottom and tried to grab her breast, causing her "humiliation [and] injury in reputation" at the 3201 E. Platte Ave. Wal-Mart.
*The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the state's 24-hour waiting period for abortions, a decision that turns the focus of the legal battle to federal court. The unanimous ruling Tuesday by Missouri's highest court focused on whether the 2003 law ran contrary to the state constitution. The judges rejected arguments that it was overly vague and deprived people of liberty and privacy rights.
*Women seeking abortions [in Kentucky] would have to be told in person of medical risks and alternatives at least 24 hours before the procedure, under two bills that advanced in the Senate and House yesterday. Women now normally receive that information from a recorded telephone message. But Senate Bill 125, which passed the Senate 34-3 and now goes to the House, would require the information to be delivered "orally" and "in person" by a doctor or a doctor's designee.
Source: The Courier-Journal