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Round Up: TRO videoconferencing; Planned Parenthood; gender gaps

The interwebs were full of women’s news today, so I decided to do a news roundup.

Maricopa County in Arizona is using videoconferencing as a way for survivors of DV to get restraining orders:

Since the county started a videoconferencing program last January, at least 60 domestic-violence victims have obtained orders of protection against their abusers from their hospital rooms at Maricopa Medical Center….

….The process is designed to create a safe, private space so that victims feel comfortable enough to open up about their situations. They do not have to face their abusers in a courtroom setting….

….For the past 10 to 15 years, Maricopa Medical Center has taken a clinical approach to helping domestic-violence victims through the “Mariposa: Wings to Safety” domestic-violence advocacy program.

Domestic violence and women’s reproductive health have a lot of overlap.  From Women’s E-News, here’s an article with great information on the battles facing Planned Parenthood in a number of states:

Several states–including Kansas, North Carolina, Indiana and Arizona–have spent months wrangling over whether federal money can fund the country’s largest provider of reproductive health services.

The Hyde Amendment has blocked federal money from funding Planned Parenthood’s abortion services since 1976, but anti-choice lawmakers argue that federal money should have no association with abortion services whatsoever. So the funding fight is a proxy battle over abortion rights.

A media survey of lawsuit coverage reveals two key legal questions behind much of the legal chatter.

No. 1: Can state lawmakers use the budgeting process to block federal contributions to Planned Parenthood, which receives about one-third of all federal family-planning appropriations?

No. 2: Can lawmakers subject Planned Parenthood clinics to prohibitive regulations through so-called TRAP

Next, from the UN News Centre, an article that explores the gaps between boys and girls in developing countries:

A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlights significant gaps in areas such as education and health, mostly favouring males, as boys and girls in developing countries grow older.

“While there is little difference between boys and girls in early childhood with respect to nutrition, health, education and other basic indicators, differences by gender appear increasingly more pronounced during adolescence and young adulthood,” said Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director….

…..The data shows that girls are significantly more likely to be married as children (under 18 years of age) and to begin having sex at a young age. Young women are less likely to be literate than young men and are less likely to watch television, listen to the radio and read a newspaper or magazine.

In addition, young men are better informed about HIV/AIDS and are also more likely to protect themselves with condoms during sex. Young women in sub-Saharan Africa, the report says, are two to four times more likely to be infected with HIV/AIDS than young men.


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