Restrictions on abortion laws in El Salvador continue to tighten as feminist and pro-choice groups launch a campaign to officially pardon 17 women who have been convicted of aggravated homicide. The women, who remain anonymous were convicted after receiving treatment at public hospitals after failed pregnancies.
I, for one, am quite excited about the new Pope. It is easy to raise questions about his age - he is only 10 years younger than Ratzinger - but there are signs that there is something to like for everyone. For one, he marks the end of a long period of European dominance: it is sometimes hard to remember that half of the early Popes were from the Middle East and Africa.