The European Parliament must decide Wednesday whether it should formally recommend that European states criminalize the act of buying sex. This criminalization approach is becoming an increasingly applauded policy—by everyone except sex workers and the people who work with them.
For anyone who cares about human rights from a health and discrimination angle, recent cases criminalizing HIV transmission raise multiple red flags.
I am no expert in the analysis of “art.” But I know racism, class-ism, and misogyny when I see them, and they were no more visible this week than in Stockholm, Sweden.
This interview with Jan Albert, a Professor of Infectious Diseases who has worked at the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SMI), is part of the Behind Bars series by Kevin Osborne and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
Never mind waiting for that 20-week sonogram—now expectant mothers can
find out their baby’s sex in a handy, over-the-counter test as early as
10 weeks after conception.
The right to choose, to me, has always meant that a woman can have
access to abortion for any reason she wants. Not just for circumstances
of rape and incest, but for her own, personal reasons that she is at no
obligation to disclose. Sometimes it’s the health of the mother, or the
health of the fetus. But what if it’s for a more superficial
reason—like the gender?
Imagine this: Sweden’s school-based sexuality education is so strong that a yearly national youth poll shows that the majority of young people report that they get the best information on contraception and STIs from school.