February 26, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
West Virginia's senate on Wednesday approved House Bill 2586, otherwise known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation is based on the controversial premise that the unborn can feel pain starting around 20 weeks. The act, ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
UNICEF on Saturday condemned the abduction of young boys by an armed group in South Sudan. A UNICEF team found that 89 children were abducted by armed soldiers in an Upper Nile State community. According to witnesses, boys over the age of 12 were taken by force. UNICEF urged the immediate release ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The Kansas Senate on Friday approved a bill that would prohibit a common second trimester abortive procedure by redefining it as "dismemberment abortions". The bill was prepared by the National Right to Life Committee and encountered overwhelming support on the Senate floor, passing in a 31-9 ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The Constitutional Court of Colombia on Wednesday upheld a restriction that same-sex couples cannot adopt children that have no biological relation to either parent. While the official text of the decision has not yet been released, the court did release a statement on their official Twitter page ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
South Sudan government forces are recruiting child soldiers, Human Rights Watch (HRW). A UN report has documented the use of more than 561 child soldiers since the beginning of the conflict. Daniel Bekele, the Africa director at HRW, stated that government forces are taking children from right ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education Kishore Singh expressed concern on Thursday about the basic human right to education after African education authorities discussed the possibility of delegating basic education to the private sector in an effort to reduce state spending on education. ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (OSRSG-CAAC) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday issued a joint press release detailing the adverse effects increasingly brutal and intense conflicts have had on children. The press ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
Slovakia held a referendum on Saturday asking voters to decide whether marriage can only be a union between a man and a woman. The vote will also determine other rights for same-sex couples, such as the right to adopt a child and participate in sexual health education. A vote over 50 percent will ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Members of the Islamic State (IS) are abducting Iraqi children and engaging in serious human rights abuses, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reported Wednesday. Abuses reportedly entail the "systematic killing of children belonging to religious and ethnic minorities," including the " ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
California state senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen on Wednesday announced plans to propose legislation requiring parents to vaccinate all school children. This legislation will "repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to effectively opt their child out of vaccines," ...[read more]

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