Afternoon Roundup: Safe Sex Flash Mob, Pushing Personhood in Florida, Porn Acting and Condoms: A Winning Mix?


Porn actors should wear condoms as a rule; pushing personhood for fetuses in Florida doesn’t seem to be a winning idea; the number of premature infants being born in the U.S is decreasing; and a safe-sex flash mob?

  • Women in Somali refugee camps – like women in Haiti’s displaced persons camps, like women who become victims of sexual war crimes around the world – are being raped and sexually assaulted in the face of little to no security, and in the absence of punishment of attackers who are caught.
  • An Ohio teen won a “major victory” in a case concerning abortion, parental consent and informed consent. A  judge ruled that the Planned Parenthood health center at which she had received an abortion, without her parent’s consent, had breached legal duty by not meeting with her 24 hours prior to the procedure to ensure she was aware of all of her options (also known as “informed consent”). The lawyer for Planned Parenthood says that law was under federal injunction at the time, however, and so therefore was not applicable. 
  • Salon’s Broasheet reports on the ongoing story about HIV in the adult film industry and condom use. The patient at the center of the most recent controversy for having tested positive for HIV is calling for mandatory condom use by actors. 
  • The Florida Personhood Amendment is still under fire. Advocates continue to drum home the fact that conferring full legal rights upon fetuses is a radical, extremist way to not only outlaw abortion but birth control as well. Personhood supporters say that’s not at all the case – but not many in Florida seem to agree thus far. There are still a grand total of zero signers to get the amendment on the ballot, notes the Florida Independent. 

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