“Abuse of the grossest character”

At a recent Civil Rights Summit in Austin, former President Jimmy Carter, who has written a new book about the mistreatment of women and girls, talked about the “horrific abuse” of women and girls.

In recent decades, he said, adults worldwide have deliberately strangled or aborted 160 million infant girls or female fetuses.

Genital mutilation of very young girls is prevalent in more than half of African countries.

In the United States, last year, 100,000 girls were sold into sexual slavery.

Carter called the mistreatment of women and girls “a human rights abuse of the grossest character that needs to be addressed by every American. And we need to set an example for the rest of the world.” We read about Carter’s speech in an article in the April 9, 2014 issue of The Dallas Morning News.

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