The Islamic University of Al Azhar, the highest academic center of Sunni Islam, has joined the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Egypt in the fight against the epidemic of female genital mutilation.
Fides News Agency reported that Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II and Sheikh Ahmed al Tayyeb, imam of al-Azhar, signed a joint statement on Monday committing their fight against the many abuses children in Egypt suffer.
Statistics show that more than 70 percent of all Egyptian children suffer some form of abuse or violence within their families and communities, Fides added. more >>
In spite of the opposition and skepticism, Arizona finally signed into law a bill that officially restores the federal health insurance program intended primarily for children who belong to families with lower incomes compared to the nation's average. The new law is a landmark decision by Governor Doug Ducey since the state is the only one left in the U.S. that hasn't embraced the program, at least until last Friday when it was signed.
Arizona's government declined to approve and sign into law the federal Children's Health Insurance Program back in 2010, reasoning out that the state was struggling with its budget, per report from Reuters.
According to The Associated Press, the newly-approved program will be called "KidsCare," which basically is similar to the federal version. The report said that it is designed to be able to provide insurance to around 30,000 children with parents who earn less than 200 percent of the poverty line. It will cover working families which aren't qualified for Medicaid health care coverage, but are likewise not able to afford obtaining private health insurance. more >>
Planned Parenthood is fighting a decision by the state of Kansas removing Medicaid compensation for the nation's largest abortion provider.
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed suit against Kansas in federal court on Thursday in response to the state Department of Health and Environment terminating their participation in Medicaid.
"We will fight with all we have to protect Kansans' right to choose their health care provider," said Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri President and CEO Laura McQuade in a statement. more >>
Jon "Bones" Jones uses his arms and legs to defeat opponents in the UFC, but the mixed martial arts fighter is leaning on the power of prayer to help his mother battle diabetes.
On April 23 Jones, 28, bested Ovince Saint Preux for the interim light-heavyweight title, but many questioned why he wasn't fighting in the dominating way he had in the past. For Jones, the answer was more than being rusty after missing over a year in the cage due to a suspension following his arrest.
"In my last fight, you know, I had a lot of stuff stacked up against me. A lot of you guys don't really realize what's been going on in my personal life," Jones said during a press conference for UFC 200 last week, according to MMA Junkie. "My mom is in a real bad position. She's really losing a fight to diabetes right now." more >>
Louisiana's House of Representatives have passed a bill that aims to ban a common second trimester abortion method called a D&E, in which an abortionist uses forceps to tears body parts off a live, unborn child.
House Bill 1081, also known as the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, passed Thursday in a vote of 83 yeas and 0 nays.
Republican Representative Mike Johnson, the legislator who introduced HB 1081, said in a message on Facebook: "This legislation will protect unborn babies by ending the barbaric practice of dismemberment abortion in our state. A dismemberment abortion, also known as a D&E, is a second trimester abortion method where the abortionist uses large forceps to seize and tear body parts from a live, unborn child." more >>
A Virginia abortion clinic has had its license suspended after an inspection found 26 violations using dirty equipment on women (patient after patient), workers not changing blood-stained scrubs between operations, and not changing scrubs after plunging a clogged toilet.
Earlier this month, the Virginia Health Group of Fairfax had its license suspended when an unannounced state inspection found several code violations in its facility.