Archive for June 2013
Do you own the rights to your own genes? Only 59 percent of the time, according to one recent study; the other 41 percent of the genes in the human genome have already been patented. This means that once your blood is drawn, nearly half of your genetic material cannot legally be isolated, studied or tested by anyone but the patent holder.
The cost of incarceration has continued to rise—to almost $52,000 per person annually—while rehabilitation funding has plummeted from the Schwarzenegger era, to just over $1,000 per year for 2011 and 2012.
Protests in Istanbul rage on after police violence transformed an occupation by a handful of activists in a public park into massive anti-government demonstrations around the country.
The Ohio Senate voted on Thursday to approve a two-year budget that would defund Planned Parenthood, block funding for rape crisis centers and redirect money for women’s health services to Christian-run, antiabortion “crisis pregnancy centers.”
The idea that what we believe is right will be taken into account when the laws are enforced is a nice thought. If true, it would mean that Ireland’s Savita Halappanavar would still be alive. But she’s not. She died of sepsis, after miscarrying, because a hospital refused to give her an abortion—even though she lived in a country that claims to allow the procedure if a woman’s life is at risk.