Weekly global roundup: Namibian High Court says forced sterilization violated women’s human rights; Spain is looking at tougher abortion restrictions; the world witnesses China’s one-child policy and a gruesome forced abortion; gender equity in New Zealand still not up to snuff.
HPV vaccine is just as effective in men at preventing genital warts, more children getting health care with CHIP, Spain keeps marriage age at 14 (and what’s it like in your state?), and the Vatican is setting up an HIV/AIDS conference.
Spain is entering a new era where abortion in the first 14 weeks is no longer a criminal offense, and it appears that men using sexual enhancement drugs aren’t protecting themselves.
Spain’s Conservative Party calls changes to abortion restrictions “unconstitutional,” asks that abortion remain illegal even though most women obtain them anyway.
This week, Spain’s senate voted to ease the country’s restrictions on abortion. In doing so, they rejected the opposition of the Catholic bishops and the Vatican over access to safe and legal abortion in that country.
Jason Webb creates false divisions by placing the Church at the center of political discourse in Spain—by depicting it as a great force that you’re either for or against.
Regardless of age or
province of residence, all Spanish women will have access to emergency
contraception pill without a prescription. It will be in pharmacies by
Abortion Provider’s Widow Speaks Out; Spanish Bishops Get Involved in Abortion Fight; Democrats and Republicans Disagree About Sotomayor
Today, there is a social liberalism in Spain that counters the influence of the Catholic Church on some issues.
Nancy Goldstein agrees with the Pope (sort of)! Spain’s abortion laws may increase craigslist.org searches for rental property in the country, opposing embryonic stem cell research = opposing fertility clinics?