Hundreds of Yazidi women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State have managed to escape and report that they've been subjected to painful "virginity tests" by Iraqi authorities to prove that they were actually abused.
The Independent reported that watchdog groups, such as Human Rights Watch, have documented the traumatic experiences women have been forced to undergo after escaping from IS.
Rothna Begum, a researcher at the group's women's rights division, said she has spoken with victims who have confirmed that hundreds of women and girls have been subjected by Iraqi authorities to the painful virginity tests to prove that they have been raped. more >>
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Hillary Clinton or Extremist Rightwing Republican?!
Playing in the game is quite simple. You will be given a series of quotes and you must determine who is responsible for them. Is it Hillary Clinton? Or is it an Extremist Rightwing Republican? more >>
The Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business, is applauding United Airlines for censoring a pro-life website on its in-flight entertainment panel.
Lila Rose, president of the Live Action pro-life group, shared on social media this week that during a recent United Airlines flight, she had been censored from accessing her group's Live Action website.
Pro-abortion websites, including Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America, were accessible on the flight, Rose argued in a series of tweets to United Airlines. more >>
Richard Dawkins has been removed from a conference on science and skepticism after he shared online a controversial animated video that compares feminists to Islamists.
The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism explained in a statement earlier this week that it has withdrawn its invitation to the atheist professor to participate at NECSS 2016, because of Dawkins' choice to re-tweet what it called a "highly offensive video."
"We believe strongly in freedom of speech and freedom to express unpopular, and even offensive, views. However, unnecessarily divisive, counterproductive, and even hateful speech runs contrary to our mission and the environment we wish to foster at NECSS. The sentiments expressed in the video do not represent the values of NECSS or its sponsoring organizations," the organization said in a statement. more >>
The Texas grand jury responsible for investigating allegations that a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic used illegal practices to harvest aborted babies for profit and instead indicted the pro-life activists behind the undercover Planned Parenthood videos, never voted on issuing criminal charges against Planned Parenthood officials.
After the Center for Medical Progress released its undercover Planned Parenthood videos last year, which were the result of a 30-month investigation behind the aborted baby selling practices of Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas, California and Colorado, the state of Texas announced that it would investigate the abortion clinic's practices.
Despite the claim that an investigation was being conducted on the Planned Parenthood clinic by a grand jury in Harris County, it was CMP investigator and founder David Daleiden and one of his associates, Sandra Merritt, who wound up indicted with felony charges of tampering with governmental records (showing Planned Parenthood officials fake driver's licenses). more >>
A South African mayor is defending her controversial decision to award college scholarships to 16 girls who can prove their virginity, arguing that the unconventional scholarship offer will prevent the spread of disease, as well as unwanted pregnancy.
Dudu Mazibuko, mayor of the Uthukela district of the KwaZulu-Natal province, has argued that despite criticism from the feminist women's rights group, People Opposing Women Abuse, she believes these scholarships will "reduce HIV, AIDS and unwanted pregnancy" among young girls in the area, which has some of the highest incidences of AIDS in South Africa," according to the BBC.
The 16 university-age women who would be eligible for the scholarships would be subject to routine virginity tests, the mayor told BBC News. more >>