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What was not in the compromise
| 01 August 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |
China’s abortion surge blamed on young, single women
Current news is that one of the House committees has come out of their latest wrangling over the health bill with a compromise.
A daring Baltic ban on gay propaganda
A report in the official Chinese newspaper China Daily reveals some shocking figures on abortion in that country: 13 million surgical abortions a year performed in hospitals, 10 million abortion pills sold every year, and unknown number of abortions done…
A new Lithuanian law aims to protect minors from information that could be harmful to them.
The expanding universe of mental illness
| 30 July 2009 | FEATURES |
Will the new psychiatric bible be a victory for science, or politics?
Does Hogwarts have a drinking problem?
Ageing Shanghai desperate for more births
A good question, asked by New York Times Well blogger Tara Parker-Pope. In scene after scene of the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, she says, “the young wizards and their adult professors are seen sipping, gulping and pouring…
| 30 July 2009 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |
‘I need to wait’
A birth rate that has crashed to .88 children per woman and a population ageing fast have led officials in the Chinese coastal city of Shanghai to start knocking on doors to get couples to have more children.
Surprisingly good messages about teenage sex and parenthood surface in an MTV series.
‘A kindergarten class dies every week’
Undercover threat to seniors
That’s what Dr. Allen Unruh told me in a phone conversation about what’s happening in South Dakota since the news media went away last year.
Divorce has lasting effects on health
And people with serious illnesses.
More evidence has come to light of the damage divorce does to family members. A study of 8652 people aged 51 to 61 shows that those who have been divorced, as well as those widowed, have worse health than those…
India re-colonised: the march of Western values
| 29 July 2009 | FEATURES |
The legalizing of homosexual relationships by a Delhi court shows that a global, secular culture is gaining ground.
Is there common ground in the abortion battle?
This was the goal all along
Italian pro-life politician Rocco Buttiglione, personal friend of Pope John Paul II, sent a thunderbolt through the longtime pro-life world this week.
Testament of Youth
Of the right to die movement. ‘The Hemlock Society’ became ‘Compassion and Choices.’ Softer and fuzzier.
A new edition of Vera Brittain’s witness to a generation’s experience of war invites rediscovery of this classic.
Justifying one’s existence
| 28 July 2009 | FEATURES |
Choosing to live out one’s natural life will soon be as unpopular as refusing an abortion.
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