There are no exceptions. Under Nicaragua’s anti-abortion laws, even a pregnancy that cannot possibly result in a viable baby – an anencephalic or ectopic one – has to be carried to its limits. A woman who gets pregnant through an act of rape or incest has to have the baby; and the deeper you delve into the horrors enumerated in this week’s Amnesty International report, the more inhumane it gets: 77% of rape cases involve girls under 17; between 2005 and 2007, 16% of those crimes resulted in pregnancy, and the great majority of those pregnancies were in girls of between 10 and 14, at which age obstetric complications are very common.… Seguir leyendo »
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It has such a stupid name, it doesn’t actually sound like software: it sounds like a deliberate attempt to mock a totalitarian government that tries to use software; like someone’s brought George Orwell back from the dead (just one more job, mate …); nevertheless, the Chinese government is pretty serious about its Green Dam Youth Escort package, through which it aims to control individual access to porn sites on the internet. A press release on Monday detailed three Chinese computer companies who had vouched to pre-install the software (no foreign ones as yet), and said it had already been installed in 52.7m units.… Seguir leyendo »