The United Nations (UN) has reported that China will face a huge shortage of girls that will cause major problems for China's family and social stability if the trend is not changed. In addition, the UN resident coordinator in China, Khalid Malik, stated that the shortage of women will lead to increased sex trafficking of women in China, reports UN Wire.
According to UN Wire, government figures show that there are 100 girls for every 116 boys in China. Other estimates show that there are as few as 100 girls to every 122 boys. Malik has predicted that in another ten years, if this trend continues, there will be 40-60 million more men than women in China. According to United Press International, the shortage of women could lead to a major increase in sex-related crimes such as rape, abduction, and mercenary marriages.
According to the Guardian, China’s one-child policy is putting pressure on couples to make sure their only child is a boy, resulting in cases of female infanticide.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .