‘Hands off human rights defenders’: Gabriela denounces ‘unjust arrests’ of women advocates

In its so-called “Free Our Sisters, Free Ourselves” campaign, alliance of Filipino women Gabriela spearheaded a protest of action on Friday morning to stand against the arrests of all women rights advocates in the country who are now facing “trumped-up” charges. 카지노사이트

Among those who were recently arrested were De Vera, a human rights abuse survivor during Martial Law who was seized over her alleged link to communist groups; Hijos, who was arrested over alleged cases of murder, kidnapping, and serious illegal detention; and founding member of Bicolana Gabriela Pielago who was arrested over alleged charges of murder and frustrated murder.

All three of these arrested women are in need of urgent medical care. 66-year-old De Vera, for an instance, was in Manila to seek medical treatment for her chronic asthma and other complications according to her son Ron De Vera.

76-year-old Hijos, according to Gabriela Patylist, is also under medication due to “poor health condition” while 63-year-old Pielago was arrested while she was confined in a hospital as she was experiencing nausea and vomiting.

“Every single woman intimidated into silence, every woman vilified with false [and] trumped-up charges, every woman abducted and illegally detained – all for standing up for her values, must be freed. We need to raise our voices until they set our sisters free,” said Gabriela Secretary General Clarice Palce.

In 1992, as the Supreme Court affirmed a right to abortion, the majority famously held that “the ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.” 바카라사이트

But earlier this summer, when the majority of justices agreed to roll back the right to an abortion, their wording seemed to suggest that the link between gender equality and abortion was a matter of opinion rather than fact, despite a large body of evidence that supports the idea that abortion is a key component to achieving equality – with implications for women’s social and economic opportunities.

“There’s a strong relationship between women being able to control their bodies and therefore their ability to be employed and freedom to make life choices,” says Tonja Jacobi, a professor at Emory University School of Law who focuses on judicial politics, behavior and strategy.

While some may disagree with that characterization, a recent U.S. News analysis adds credence to the idea that abortion access is strongly tied to gender equality.

U.S. News looked at how states performed in its inaugural Best States for Gender Equality list, which includes metrics related to education; economy; health; family planning and care; and representation and power, and compared that performance to whether they had protective or restrictive abortion policies – or somewhere in between – based on data from the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion rights research and policy organization. The results were clear: States with more abortion protections tended to fare better in terms of gender equality. 카지노사이트 주소

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Those states that top the list of Best States for Gender Equality, which include Maryland, Maine, Illinois and Oregon, tend to have very few limits on abortion, or have even passed legislation further protecting the procedure.

For example, Maryland, which takes the No. 1 spot on the Best States for Gender Equality list, recently passed a law allowing more health care providers to perform abortions, widening the availability of the procedure that is already legal until fetal viability.

Meanwhile, states that scored the lowest in the Best States for Gender Equality, including Idaho, Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana and Utah, have either severely restricted or banned abortion completely since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, although some restrictions have been temporarily blocked by courts.

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