RedTracker: Loretta Lynch Nomination Held Hostage In Abortion Politics | PA Frat Boys Could Face Serious Charges Over FB Nudies of Unconscious Women
McConnell Puts Miss Loretta on Hold
1. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promises that Loretta Lynch’s confirmation vote as US Attorney General will not come to the Senate floor, until the chamber gets a final vote on the human trafficking bill. The vote on what was considered to be a bipartisan bill with wide support hit a last-minute impasse over anti-abortion language that has been in the bill since early January. Democratic accusations of last-minute changes in the bill are incorrect.
Democrats have promised to filibuster the bill until the no-abortion provision for victims of sex-trafficking is removed. This same language has been used in other legislation and President Obama has not signalled that he will veto the bill if the anti-abortion provision remains. via Politico
2. Loretta Lynch was profiled in The Atlantic this week, sharing new information about her North Carolina heritage. The nominee was the top student in her senior class but the administrators of Durham High School asked her not to claim her won spot of class valedictorian but share it instead with two white students to avoid controversy. This event occurred — not in the 1950s — but in 1977.
As a youngster, Miss Loretta did so well in her standardized tests, that her largely white elementary school asked her to take the tests again. Lynch complied and scored even higher the second time.
Boys Will Be Boys - When Will They Ever Grow Up?
3. The criminal investigation and severity of potential charges for current and/or former members of Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho fraternity hedges on the victims’ participation, writes BuzzFeed.
Police are urging women pictured in the closed-group Facebook pages to come forward and assist in the investigation. State College police said at a press conference that those responsible for posting photos of mostly naked women — while sleeping or unconscious — could be charged with misdemeanors of harassment and invasion of privacy.
Women legal experts seemed to view the charges as potentially more serious. ‘If they got the women doped up or intoxicated for the purpose of taking the pictures, then that would be a felony,’ said Jill Engle, a law professor at Penn State University, who also agreed that the women had to come forward.
Marina Angel, a professor at Temple Law School, suggested that if FB page members intentionally inebriated the women to take the nude photos, that would be a felony. If the women didn’t take off their own clothes, then they are victims of sexual assault, Angel explained.
Controlling Women’s Bodies
4. The latest headlines in fight to preserve women’s rights in America:
Montana House Passes Telemedicine Abortion Ban RH Reality Check
Idaho Telemedicine Abortion Ban Moves Through Senate RH Reality Check
GOP Rep. Sarah Davis, herself a cancer survivor, is fighting back against her parties determination to end Planned Parenthood cancer screenings for poor Texas women.
From India: Rap Against Rape
The controversial ‘India’s daughter’ BBC documentary was released ahead of schedule in Britain on March 4, 2015. We will shortly install the entire documentary in AOC Salon on this link no later than Saturday, March 21.
After BBC’s documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ surfaced online with an interview with one of the accused — Mukesh Singh — being the source of incredible statements about women in India, all hell broke loose. The film, made by Leslee Udwin, was banned by the Indian government and is on appeal with India’s Supreme Court. Indians were offended when the Delhi’s Nirbhaya gang rape case was the subject of the documentary, even though the rape brought people, including large numbers of men, into the street on behalf of women victims.
Trailer: ‘India’s Daughter’