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7/28/1997 - Hoster Testifies at McKinney Hearing

Retired Sgt. Maj. Brenda Hoster, the first woman to bring charges of sexual misconduct against the Army's Top Enlisted Soldier, Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Gene McKinney, testified at his pre-trial hearing on Friday, July 25th, and Saturday, July 26th. Hoster testified that during a trip to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, McKinney, came into her hotel room, hit her with a pillow and told her she needed a good "butt whipping." Hoster also testified that during a business trip to Hawaii, McKinney again came into her hotel room, but this time he grabbed and kissed her. He allegedly told Hoster that he needed her; Hoster replied by telling him that he needed his wife, who was just rooms down the hall. McKinney then allegedly looked down and commented, "Look what you have done to me." Hoster testified that McKinney was referring to "his erection."

Hoster reported the incidents, but was told to talk things over with McKinney. She did not report McKinney's behavior again until she heard that he was to serve on a panel investigating the sexual harassment scandals at the Ordinance Schools at Aberdeen. Hoster sent McKinney a letter suggesting that he quit the panel or retire. He did neither, and subsequently, Hoster brought forth the allegations. Four other women have come forward with similar allegations against McKinney.

The defense attorneys for McKinney, on cross-examination, tried to question Hoster about her previous sex life. After objections from plaintiffs’ attorneys and a two-hour, closed-door conference with the judge, the defense dropped that line of questioning.


7/28/1997 - Study Finds Women Receive Less Aggressive Care for Heart Disease

A study led by Dr. Lisa M. Shwartz of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, VT has found that doctors are less likely to prescribe potentially life-saving diagnostic procedures for women than men. The study of over 650 heart attack victims found that women appear to fare worse after heart attacks then men because of the lack of adequate treatment. Though the study could not isolate gender bias as the cause, it could find no other reason why women were 32 percent less likely than men to be given follow-up diagnostic tests and procedures. Doctors were also far less likely to prescribe women an aspirin-a-day for angina (a crushing chest pain), although women were more likely to report the problem. Aspirin can reduce the risk of heart attack among people with angina by almost one-third. The study will be published in the July 28th issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine.


7/28/1997 - Operation Rescue Founder Runs for Congress

Randall Terry, the founder of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, has entered the Congressional race in New York's 26th district. The district, which includes the cities of Ithaca, Binghamton, and Kingston, is currently held by Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D). Terry is running under an ultra-right conservative platform. During his speech announcing his candidacy, he denounced lesbian and gay rights and abortion rights, and advocated terminating all social services funded by the federal government.


7/25/1997 - Former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan Dies

William Brennan, the former Supreme Court Justice who ardently fought for civil rights and individual freedoms, died July 24 in an Arlington, Virginia nursing home. In his 34-year career on the high court, he helped the Constitution achieve its purpose of protecting the dignity of all individuals, no matter what their rank or standing. In addition to upholding freedom of speech, Brennan led the Court in denouncing sex discrimination, protecting abortion rights and promoting affirmative action. In 1972, Brennan argued that treating the sexes differently was only permissable when a compelling government interest was at stake. The same year, his opinion striking down a Massachusetts law banning the sale of contraceptives paved the way for Roe vs. Wade. He wrote, "If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwanted governmental intrusions into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as whether to bear or beget a child." In his 1979 United Steelworkers of America v. Weber opinion, Brennan explained that federal anti-discrimination law does not prohibit employers from adopting affirmative action programs. On his last day as a Supreme Court Justice in 1990, Brennan spoke for the 5-4 majority upholding federal affirmative action in government contracting.


7/25/1997 - Congress Passes Breast Cancer Stamp Bill

Both chambers of the United States Congress have approved a bill to create a special breast cancer stamp. The House of Representatives and Senate reached a compromise on the bill's language and have sent it to the White House for President Bill Clinton's signature. The bill provides for a 40 cent stamp (eight cents higher than the normal postage rate) whose proceeds will go to fund breast cancer research. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the bill's chief Senate sponsor, commented on the passage and President Clinton's expected signature, "I (cannot) believe that the president of the United States would not sign this (bill) knowing that the women of America made him president." President Clinton is expected to sign the bill. Rep. Vic Fazio (D-CA) was the bill's chief House sponsor but turned the sponsorship over to Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) in order to make its passage through the GOP controlled House easier. Of the bill Fazio commented, "[it] provides an opportunity for people who want to make a difference to voluntarily participate in fighting a problem." The House and Senate had to agree on Molinari's language which included a review of the stamp, no other stamp of its kind has ever been issued, after two years. The Senate also agreed to the House version which gave the postal service more leeway in determining administrative costs.

Breast cancer is the leading killer of women age 35 to 52. One in every eight American women is diagnosed with the disease.


7/25/1997 - Kelly Sentenced to 16 Years

A rapist who fled to Europe for eight years to avoid trial was sentenced July 24 to sixteen years in prison. Alex Kelly was an eighteen-year old high school wrestler when two women charged him with rape. One of the victims, Adrienne Bak Ortolano, urged the judge to give her attacker the maximum sentence of 20-years for raping her when she was sixteen. Kelly was denied bail while he appeals his conviction and waits for his second trial.


7/25/1997 - Hillary Rodham Clinton Supports Small-Scale Foreign Loans

United States First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Congress to fund a foreign aid program which provides small scale loans(generally less than $1000) for women and the poor who want to start small businesses. At a speech before the program's supporters, Clinton said that the program is "one of the strongest tools we can employ to assist people using their own effort." She also pointed out that many people do not have the means to obtain loans from commercial banks, but they do have "sweat equity…a lot of dreams and are willing to work hard." The program is part of the Agency for International Development's Microenterprise Development Project. The program, which calls for $240 million over two years, was recently included in a House of Representatives foreign aid bill. Women will comprise at least half of the approximately four million annual clients.


7/25/1997 - Kelly Sentenced to 16 Years

A rapist who fled to Europe for eight years to avoid trial was sentenced July 24 to sixteen years in prison. Alex Kelly was an eighteen-year old high school wrestler when two women charged him with rape. One of the victims, Adrienne Bak Ortolano, urged the judge to give her attacker the maximum sentence of 20-years for raping her when she was sixteen. Kelly was denied bail while he appeals his conviction and waits for his second trial.


7/24/1997 - Seven Officers Convicted of Domestic Violence Relinquish Their Guns

The domestic violence provision of the Gun Control Act forced seven Los Angeles Police Department officers who had been convicted of domestic abuse to give up their guns, Chief Bayan Lewis said July 23. The provision, which the federal government passed last year, prohibits anyone with a domestic abuse conviction from carrying a firearm. Lewis made his comments during a news conference where he also announced that he had signed a "special order" which explains to department employees how the law affects them.


7/24/1997 - Wage Gap Between Women and Men Decreases Yet Remains Significant

On July 24, the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) released "Are Women Catching Up in the Earnings Race?," a report showing that the wage gap between the sexes has decreased, but women's salaries still lag far behind men's. In 1995, women earned 65 cents for every man's dollar, up 11 cents from 1981. For full-time full-year workers, the gap narrowed from 64 to 73 cents for every dollar men earned. Data also showed that female baby-boomers have made wage gains, but earnings of women in other age groups have stayed the same.


7/24/1997 - Sri Lanka Plans to Allow Abortion in Limited Cases

The On July 23, Sri Lanka announced plans to give women limited access to abortion. The island will make exceptions to its current law against abortion in cases of rape, incest, and fetal deformity. According to National Committee on Women Chair Wimala de Silva, the government is also likely to approve three months' maternity leave for single women. At present, only married women can take maternity leave. To deal with these issues and others affecting women, Sri Lanka has created a Women's Affairs ministry.


7/23/1997 - 5,000 Women Killed Yearly in India for Lack of Adequate Dowry

A report conducted by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has found that 5,000 women in India are killed each year for not bringing enough dowry to their marriages. While the use of dowries - money and goods women bring to a marriage - is illegal in India, custom still pervades in much of the country. Often women who do not bring enough to a marriage are killed in kitchen fires, which are passed off as accidents. The continued existence of the custom also leads poor families to kill young daughters because they cannot afford the large gifts necessary to get them married.


7/23/1997 - 5,000 Women Killed Yearly in India for Lack of Adequate Dowry

A report conducted by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has found that 5,000 women in India are killed each year for not bringing enough dowry to their marriages. While the use of dowries - money and goods women bring to a marriage - is illegal in India, custom still pervades in much of the country. Often women who do not bring enough to a marriage are killed in kitchen fires, which are passed off as accidents. The continued existence of the custom also leads poor families to kill young daughters because they cannot afford the large gifts necessary to get them married.


7/23/1997 - Senate Votes to Ban Federal Employees' Health Insurance Coverage of Abortion

By a 54 - 46 roll call vote, the Senate has continued the ban to exempt abortion from federal employees' health insurance coverage. Six Democrats and 48 Republicans voted to keep the ban; 38 Democrats and 7 Republicans voted to kill the ban.


7/23/1997 - Tuscaloosa, AL Abortion Clinic Target of 13th Clinic Arson/Bombing of 1997

The July 22nd arson of the West Alabama Women's Center clinic in Tuscaloosa, AL marks the 13th abortion clinic arson or bombing of 1997 - the highest rate of anti-abortion violence since 1984. The Tuscaloosa clinic sustained massive damage, estimated at $100,000, due to the early morning fire. The clinic has been plagued in the past by threats of domestic violence. Alarmed by the resurgent wave of abortion clinic arsons and bombings, Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal called for the government to classify the Tuscaloosa arson as "domestic terrorism," and for more federal law enforcement investigative resources to prevent further losses like in Tuscaloosa, and earlier this year in Atlanta, Georgia; Oregon; North Carolina; Northern Virginia; Oklahoma; California and Montana. "These incidents of violence must not be examined in isolation, but as part of a larger pattern of terror and violence against women's health clinics," continued Smeal. "More investigative resources are needed to determine whether the double bombings in Atlanta claimed by the 'Army of God,’ and the string of arsons across the country since, are connected."


7/23/1997 - Congress Approves Breast Cancer Research Stamp

The United States House of Representatives has voted 422 - 3 to approve a new breast cancer postal stamp. The U.S. Senate approved the stamp last week. Proceeds from the stamp, which will cost 33 cents, will be used to fund research for combating the disease.


7/23/1997 - Woman Attempts to Become First Female to Circumvent Globe in Helicopter

Pilot Jennifer Murray, 56, is two-thirds finished with her journey to circumvent the glove in a helicopter. If she completes the journey, she will become the first woman to have ever accomplished that goal. Murray hopes to make the trip in less than 100 days and plans to donate the $800,000 raised to the Save the Children organization. Murray began flying only two and a half years ago; she is accompanied on the trip by Quentin Smith, 36, who won a gold medal at the 1994 World Helicopter Championship. Smith said of Murray, "Impossible to Jennifer just means quite hard." Murray began her journey in London and is flying an R-44 Robinson helicopter.


7/22/1997 - Taleban Imposes New Restrictions on Women in Afghanistan

The Taleban, an Islamic fundamentalist regime in Afghanistan, has imposed even greater restrictions on women. Currently, women in Afghanistan are forced to cover themselves from head-to-foot, may not go anywhere outside without a relative male accompanying them and cannot attend school. Windows in a house's room which contains women must be colored black so no one can look inside.

Now the Taleban has also issued an order that women must avoid making noise with their feet when walking. In two memos written last week by the religious police, formerly known as the Department for Promoting Virtue and Preventing Vice, and sent to all local and international agencies, the Taleban also formalized rules that women can work only in the medical sector (they cannot take any senior positions). In the medical sector, women cannot enter wards where non-relative males are hospitalized. Native women also cannot ride in cars with foreign women, and that aid to women (who are increasingly destitute because of the ban on working) must be channeled through male relatives. Aid agencies trying to help women must also, "gain permission from the Department for Promoting Virtue and Preventing Vice to employ or assist women."


7/22/1997 - UNICEF Report Finds Women Live in High Risk of Violence

According to a United Nations report released July 22nd women throughout the world face an unacceptably high risk of violence. Carol Bellamy, the Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), commented, "In today's world, to be born female is to be born high risk. Every girl grows up under the threat of violence…This chronic condition of violence amounts to the most pervasive human rights violation in the world today."

According to the report, approximately 60 million more women would be alive today were it not for gender-directed violence. The report also found that 25 to 50% of all women have suffered physical abuse from a partner. Some types of gender violence listed in the report include genital mutilation common in 28 countries, mainly Africa; "son preference" resulting in killing new-born girls or aborting female fetuses, mainly in Asia; dowry killings in India when a new bride’s dowry is deemed insufficient; domestic violence, in the United States where only 1 of every 100 incidents is reported; and acid hurling, mainly in Bangladesh. The report found that, of the world's 193 countries, only 44 have domestic violence legislation, 27 have sexual harassment legislation and 17 regard marital rape as a crime. Even in those countries where laws do exist, they are not necessarily enforced.


7/22/1997 - 17 Arrested for Trafficking Women to Cambodia

Police have arrested 17 people for trafficking women from Vietnam to Cambodia as prostitutes. The network of prepetrators, arrested on July 18th, recruited women from Ho Chi Minh City since 1996 and sold them into prostitution. Already, more than 100 people in Vietnam have been arrested for trafficking women, with the maximum sentence no longer than ten years. Local agencies and women's groups suspect that several thousand Vietnamese women have been sold into prostitution, mainly to China, Cambodia and Macau.


7/22/1997 - Lilith Fair Proves Music and Business Success

The Lilith Fair, a female music festival on tour in the United States this summer, is the brainchild of musician Sarah McLachlan. The Fair features over 60 female performers, who appear on a rotation and include some of today's top music stars. The festival includes McLachlan, Jewel, Shawn Colvin, the Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, Sheryl Crow, Dar Williams and Cassandra Wilson. With a variety of styles and genres, along with secondary stages for up-and-coming performers and booths which allow participants to get involved in a range of political issues, the festival has drawn rave musical reviews. It has also drawn sold-out audience after sold-audience. This summer, it is the only show which has consistently sold-old out at each venue.


7/22/1997 - Tuscaloosa, AL Abortion Clinic is the 13th Arson/Bombing of 1997

Highest Rate of Anti-abortion Violence Since 1984

The July 22nd arson of the West Alabama Women's Center clinic in Tuscaloosa, AL marks the 13th abortion clinic arson or bombing of 1997 -- the highest rate of anti-abortion violence since 1984. The Tuscaloosa clinic sustained massive damage, estimated at $100,000, due to the early morning fire. The clinic has been plagued in the past by threats of clinic violence.
Alarmed by the resurgent wave of abortion clinic arsons and bombings, Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal called for the Tuscaloosa arson to be immediately classified as an incident of "domestic terrorism," and for more federal law enforcement investigative resources to prevent further losses like in Tuscaloosa, and earlier this year in Atlanta, Georgia, Oregon, North Carolina, Northern Virginia, Oklahoma, California, and Montana. "These incidents of violence must not be examined in isolation, but as part of a larger pattern of terror and violence against women's health clinics," continued Smeal. "More investigative resources are needed to determine whether the double bombings in Atlanta claimed by the "Army of God", and the string of arsons across the country since, are connected."

Federal law enforcement officials have issued an alert to clinics throughout the region to increase security measures in the wake of the Tuscaloosa fire. Clinics are urged to take all precautions to safeguard against further arson attacks.

"Every month, women's health clinics are lost or temporarily closed because of anti-abortion violence," continued Smeal. "These clinics -- like the clinic in Tuscaloosa -- often provide not only abortion, but also provide birth control, cancer screening, and general gynecological healthcare services to women. The loss of these clinics harms the availability of reproductive health care for the women who depend on them."

A survey released earlier this year by the Feminist Majority Foundation, reveals that 27.6% of clinics faced severe anti-abortion violence in 1996, including death threats, stalking, bombings, arsons, blockades, invasions and chemical attacks. When gunfire, home picketing, and vandalism are included, the number of clinics and offices experiencing some form of violence, harassment or intimidation rises to 44.9%.


7/21/1997 - Kansas Celebrates Earhart's 100th Birthday

Amelia Earhart's Birthday Centenniel celebration begins in Kansas on July 24. The four-day celebration is expected to bring 50,000 visitors to the state, according to the Kansas City Star. Scheduled guests include Texas businesswoman Linda Finch, who recently re-enacted the aviator's last flight. In 1929, Earhart and pilot Fay Gillis Wells co-founded the International 99s, an association for women pilots which today has 6,500 members. Eight years later, Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean while attempting to circle the globe in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra.


7/21/1997 - Democratic Women Protest Republican Leadership’s Unfair Decisions

Democratic women in the House of Representatives delayed action on the FY 1998 agriculture appropriations bill on July 17 to protest the Republican leadership's decisions on amendments to the Foreign Operations spending bill. The women were able to halt consideration on the appropriations bill by using a series of procedural votes, so most Republicans relented and voted to suspend work on the bill. The Foreign Operations bill should go to the House floor this week. The Democratic women vehemently oppose an amendment the Republican leaders have allowed to be offered that would "reinstate the gag rule on international family planning and...defund the U.N. Fund for Population Activities."


7/21/1997 - Illinois Governor Restricts D&X Abortion Procedure

Illinois governor Jim Edgar used his amendatory veto powers last week to give unmarried biological fathers legal status to bring criminal complaints against doctors who perform D&X abortions. Edgar, who usually favors abortion rights likely invoked his veto powers to satisfy conservatives in light of the upcoming 1998 elections. Women's rights activists, however, have pointed out that doctors in Illinois rarely perform D&X procedures. Thus, Edgar's veto allowed the moderate governor to give conservatives a symbolic victory without making a significant change in his state.