Monday, March 19, 2012

Weekly news roundup

“The single woman, or “swingle,” as pollsters are now calling her, is already one of the largest voting blocs at 55 million, and that number is growing by almost 1 million voters a year—faster than any other group of voters broken out in the polls.”  
 “The protest is an attempt to change attitudes concerning sex before marriage, especially in cases of rape, where the woman can sometimes be regarded as the criminal rather than the victim in order to preserve the family's honour.”
Morocco protest against rape-marriage law

"The conflict began when the Texas Legislature inserted a "poison pill" into the Medicaid funding bill passed in 2011, which mandates that no funding under the program go to any facility that provides abortion services, even if no state money directly paid for abortions.  If the federal government did not agree to the waiver, the language requires that the program be discontinued."
Texas sues Obama administration in abortion dispute

"Trudeau explained to the Washington Post why he chose to go ahead with the comic:
'Texas’s HB-15 isn’t hard to explain: The bill says that in order for a woman to obtain a perfectly legal medical procedure, she is first compelled by law to endure a vaginal probe with a hard, plastic 10-inch wand. The World Health Organization defines rape as “physically forced or otherwise coerced penetration — even if slight — of the vulva or anus, using a penis, other body parts or an object.” You tell me the difference.'"
Doonesbury Calls Texas Abortion Law 'Rape' in New Comic Strip

"Christopher Collins, vice-chairman, said that while he may take a different view based on his religion or how he brought up his own children, he must act on what he considers to be in the students’ best interest. “We can’t stick our heads in the sand any more,” Collins said."
Free condoms for Springfield students 12 and over gets initial approval by School Committee

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