In a historic move this week, Uruguayan President José Mujica has signed into law a bill that waives criminal penalties for abortion in the first 12 weeks of gestation, with certain procedural requirements, and in the first 14 weeks of gestation in the cases of rape.
The law marks a significant development in realizing women’s human rights and preventing unsafe, clandestine abortions in the region.
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A huge development on the women’s rights front.
Globally, one out of seven girls is married before the age of 15.
(TW: rape) This Impossibly Badass Prosecutor and ‘Rape Kit’ Advocate Is Our New Hero
In one especially horrific case, Worthy says, a convicted rapist named Shelly Andre Brooks had raped and murdered five women after raping a woman whose kit was just recently entered into the database through Worthy’s initiative. If that rape kit had been tested and entered into the database sooner, the man could have been caught sooner-and five women’s lives could have been saved. “That’s why it’s so horrible, this whole thing,” she says.
Not one of the nation’s finest legal minds
I’ve never been overly impressed with the conservative blog Legal Insurrection. Written Cornell Law School Associate Clinical Professor William Jacobson, you’d expect a little intellect mixed in with all the reactionary nonsense. Something like conservative law professor Ann Althouse. But a professorial mind is not necessarily a sharp one, as Jacobson so often demonstrates.
And today’s demonstration comes in the form of a complete misrepresentation of recent history, followed by a stunning misunderstanding of math. And away we go:
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an editorial today calling on Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus to resign prior to the June 5 recall elections because of her late reporting of votes in the Prosser-Kloppenberg contest last year and in the recent Republican primary. In neither case was her count inaccurate, merely delayed.
Hold on there bud. They weren’t inaccurate? The Prosser-Kloppenberg race is infamous for Nickolaus’ inaccuracy. For those who don’t remember, Kloppenberg was running for Supreme Court judge against incumbent Prosser. The numbers were tight all night and then the results for Waukesha County came in. It appeared that Kloppenberg had the thinnest of victories. But the next day, Kathy Nikolaus found a whole bunch of votes she’d overlooked. Waukesha is a conservative county, so those votes put Prosser over the top. To say the count wasn’t inaccurate is just miles away from the truth. There was even a recount and Waukesha County still ended up with a different tally. Three different sets of numbers in one race? Jacobson’s got a real low bar for what he considers accurate.
And then comes the lousy math part. Conservatives excel at lousy math. The Journal Sentinel offers the nightmare scenario, where Nikolaus’ incompetence brings about a Bush v. Gore-like crisis.
Imagine this: It’s 9 p.m. on June 5, recall election day, and the polls have been closed for an hour. Wisconsin has come to the end of a bitter recall campaign that pitted Gov. Scott Walker against a Democratic contender, and county clerks across the state are counting votes. Both sides spent a ton of money and spewed vicious ads, and the election rests on a thin slice of undecided voters. It’s expected to be a razor-thin margin, and no one can guess who will win….
The elections at stake between now and when she leaves office – assuming she loses her own re-election campaign in the fall – are just too important to leave in Nickolaus’ hands. They include not only the gubernatorial recall but local and state elections as well as a presidential campaign in the fall. A presidential election, by the way, that also could be razor close in Wisconsin.
“Voter ID!” Jacobson shrieks. “Voter ID!”
Yes, the recalls, presidential and other elections may be razor thin, and vote counting integrity, both in appearance and reality, is critical.
If the elections are so razor-thin, then even minor electoral fraud, which Wisconsin has experienced in the recent past, could be the difference.
Yet the JS editors side with those who oppose the Voter I.D. law meant to prevent election fraud…
Prosser lead after all the smoke cleared was better than 7,000 votes — after a near tie. As I said, it’s a conservative place — at least, it is when you manage to include the most conservative tallies in your final count. If it really is neck and neck and the nation waits with baited breath for Waukesha, then Romney ought to just go ahead and drop the confetti — he’s won.
But further than that, Jacobson links to a story detailing a whopping 15 case of voter fraud in Wisconsin. I know most people understand this, please indulge our slower, more conservative readers. 15 is not equal to or greater than 7,000. We know from experience that if you’re tied up and waiting for Waukesha, that’s the number you’re going to get. After all, we ran that experiment three times to be sure.
Kathy Nickolaus is an incompetent county clerk. And it seems that Cornell Law School Associate Clinical Professor William Jacobson is an incompetent blogger.
Plenty, plenty, plenty of work [needs] to be done. But we are going forward. Lots of young people are realizing that it is an evil to have discrimination. And again, there is still a black president and apartheid has crumbled in South Africa — that is a big step forward. This is something that we couldn’t have imagined 10-15 years ago. We are moving in the right direction. But it is something we all have to work on together, that is what Obama says, we can’t do it alone. We all have to work on it.
This video is astonishing. I suggets everyone check it out here.
“My concern was a lot of the radical ideas they were teaching in these classes, telling kids that this is their land the whites took it over.” um…but it’s a historical fact that your white European ancestors, as well as the Spaniards/Conquistadors DID take over the land. So you basically banned the course because it was teaching ACTUAL HISTORY.