Purvi PatelFor the first time in the United States, on March 30 a woman was convicted and ordered to spend 20 years of a 41-year sentence in prison for child neglect — and feticide! The charges against Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old woman of South Asian descent, were clearly contradictory, but that did not stop prosecutors from using “junk science” to win their case.This is the first time a feticide law — on the books in 35 states — was used to criminalize abortion. (For background, see “Indiana woman criminalized after miscarriage,” workers.org, Feb. 19)“Purvi Patel is an amazing example … [that] women’s pregnancies are now becoming the subject of policing, prosecution and severe sentences in an age of mass incarceration,” Lynn M. Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, told Democracy Now! on April 2. The organization supports Patel’s appeal.This is the second time Indiana has prosecuted a woman of color under its feticide law. Chinese migrant Bei-Bei Shuai was arrested in March 2011 after a failed suicide attempt led to ending her pregnancy. After spending 435 days in jail, she eventually accepted a plea deal for “criminal recklessness” and was released in 2013.South Asian-American physician and writer Sayantani Dasgupta observed, “The fact that Patel is of Indian origin, a brown woman in the heart of the American Midwest, a South Asian face in the era of post 9-11 racial profiling, is in fact critically important in this narrative of criminalized reproduction.” She cited the Patel and Shuai cases as being driven by the religious right’s critical views of India and China in their global evangelical crusades against abortion. (Salon, April 26)While calling this case “a clarion call” for women’s reproductive freedom, Dasgupta stated: “This case simultaneously reveals right-wing racist and xenophobic politics. There is an organized backlash to abortion rights happening in this country, married to an anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, apocalyptic fervor that holds fetal ‘citizens’ far more dear than female ones.”Laws curtail abortion rightsAttacks on women’s health clinics accelerated in the first three months of 2015. The only clinic in Mississippi was vandalized on March 22.The Guttmacher Institute reported April 2 that state legislators have proposed 332 laws to restrict access to abortion services in 43 states. Of 53 approved, only nine have been enacted. These laws curb access in both early and later months of pregnancy, “leaving women with fewer options and a greatly reduced time frame to get the care they need.”Arkansas and Idaho banned use of “telemedicine” for prescribing early medication abortions (such bans exist in 15 states), while West Virginia banned abortions 20 weeks after fertilization without exceptions for rape and incest. In mid-April, Kansas and Oklahoma took the 20-week ban even further by passing a law which prohibits use of the dilation and evacuation (D&E) procedure for abortions after 20 weeks postfertilization. Missouri and South Carolina are considering similar laws, as is Congress.A major problem, as noted by progressive critics, is that such laws are not based on medical or scientific terms and methods, and they interfere with the practice of medicine and the doctor-patient relationship. The D&E procedure is one of the safest methods for second trimester abortions, which only account for about 8 percent of all U.S. abortions. These bans discount that fetal testing results are often not known until late in the second trimester, when families are forced to make heartbreaking decisions about ending a wanted pregnancy. The struggle on this issue has just begun.A few pro-reproductive justice measuresAfter a huge social media campaign to stop the federal human trafficking bill from including an anti-abortion provision that would have expanded the role of the Hyde amendment (which blocks federal funding for abortions for poor women), the Senate passed the bill without such language on April 22. Now, the survivors’ compensation fund has two separate pools of money: funds from criminal fines will provide survivors with nonmedical services, while only federal funds appropriated originally for community health centers must adhere to the Hyde Amendment. Though this is not a victory, it is a setback for anti-abortion forces.A hearing was held April 15 on a California bill to regulate anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers.” The Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act would require all licensed facilities in the state that “provide family planning and pregnancy-related services to inform patients about available assistance for affordable contraception, abortion and prenatal care, including how to obtain that assistance.”An amendment to Illinois’ Health Care Right of Conscience Act, which would have the same effect as the California bill, was introduced April 21. It mandates that all health care providers at 46 community health centers in Illinois must advise clients on the benefits of abortion and make referrals for abortion services.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Advertisement NewsLocal NewsMurder investigation begins after fatal stabbingBy admin – January 18, 2012 498 Facebook Print Previous articleEagles soar to final spotNext articleMentors sought for Le Cheile Mentoring Project admin A MURDER garda investigation is to get underway in Limerick after a 43-year-old man was found outside a house with multiple stab wounds by members of the ambulance service. The man was found by the emergency services outside a house on Lenihan Avenue shortly after 12.30am in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Gardai from Roxboro were alerted to attend the scene and they say that the man was found on the steps outside the front door of the house in the city with multiple stab wounds and he was taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin However the man was later pronounced dead.The State Pathologist’s office attended the scene which has been sealed off and a technical examination of the area is being carried out by the Garda Technical Bureau.A postmortem is to be carried out on the remains.It is understood that the victim was known to gardai and was from the area. Email
Pune, Nov 29 (PTI) Uruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro struck twice, including one in the final minute of the game, as FC Pune City staged a remarkable fightback to beat Mumbai City FC 2-1 in the Indian Super league (ISL) here tomorrow.Balwant Singh struck for Mumbai City FC in the 15th minute.Mumbai City FC went into the break leading 1-0 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium.The visitors managed to maintain the lead till the 29- year-old Alfaro found the net in the 74th minute. Much to Mumbais disappointment, Alfaro struck again (90+3) to eke out a thrilling win and give his team three points.Jonatan Lucca played the pass of the match over the defense from the halfway line. Diego Carlos got on the end of it and was one-on-one with the keeper with a teammate for support. He did the smart thing by setting up Alfaro who slotted the ball into an empty net.The match was sealed in Punes favour in the dying moments.Earlier, the hosts restored parity when Alfaro converted a penalty from the spot after Raju Gaikwad brought Diego Carlos down in the box.The forward kept his calm and sent the keeper the wrong way to make it level, as the home crowd broke into wild celebrations.In the first half, FC Pune City seemed to have cracked under pressure, as Balwant went on a solo run from the left before unleashing a power-packed shot into the bottom corner of the net. He displayed superb technique as the veteran cut in from the left and found the angle for the shot. PTI AH CM CMadvertisement
Story Highlights Prime Minister Holness noted that community initiatives have already started in Mount Salem with the establishment of a special Back-to-School Fund. The establishment of the Committee follows the prime minister’s announcement of Mount Salem as the first Zone of Special Operations on Friday, September 1. Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday (September 5) convened the first meeting of the Social Intervention Committee at the Office of the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday (September 5) convened the first meeting of the Social Intervention Committee at the Office of the Prime Minister.Addressing the leadership and representatives of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies that will constitute the Social Intervention Committee, Prime Minister Holness said they must focus on community and peace building initiatives.“Crime is multi-dimensional; it is not just policing which is needed. Community building is needed as well. What the Zones of Special Operations (law) is designed to do is to bring the security element but also bring the community building element – the peace building element. That is what the Social Intervention Committee is about,” he explained.The establishment of the Committee follows the prime minister’s announcement of Mount Salem as the first Zone of Special Operations on Friday, September 1.The Zones of Special Operations Act stipulates that a Social Intervention Committee must be established within five (5) working days of the declaration of the Zone.Highlighting the importance of the Zones of Special Operations, the prime minister said, “This is a well-organized strategy which will yield great results. I was there on Sunday (Mount Salem), we toured and the people on the ground are happy and they have expectations. What we are going to do is continue to build the confidence of the people in the area and continue to engage them,” he added.Prime Minister Holness noted that community initiatives have already started in Mount Salem with the establishment of a special Back-to-School Fund.The next early intervention initiative will be a Community Services Fair, to be spearheaded by the Social Intervention Committee. This multi-agency response will take place this weekend, September 9-10 with a wide array of services including civil registration, health and social protection, employment and skills training.Omar Sweeny is Deputy Chair of the Committee. Other committee members will be confirmed in short order.