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Medevac hopes are dashed by Coalition's cowardice and legal sophistry | Nick Martin | Opinion | The Guardian
Further suggestion that Australian politicians and activists are poorly prepared for the flexible repertoire of means available to DIBP to implement and sustain the border regime.
australia  asylum-seekers  mandatory-detention  politics  refugees  legislation  reading 
11 hours ago by attentive
The Green New Deal is a one-pager for America – Fruitful.zone – Medium
When I read the Green New Deal, a proposal from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey on how to address some of our countries biggest and most urgent problems, it reminded me of the hundreds of…
politics  legislation  climatechange  economics 
12 hours ago by bradbarrish
'We are not monsters': Parents go public about late-term abortions
Only 1% of abortions in the U.S. — around 15,000 a year — occur in the 21st week or beyond, according to the Guttmacher Institute. The organization, which both sides of the debate usually credit as an impartial source, says there is no hard data on the reasons for those abortions, but offers some explanations. Some women do not know they are pregnant until well into their pregnancy, some try to have the procedure sooner but are stymied by legal or practical obstacles such as waiting periods and the need to travel long distances to clinics, and some only learn of fetal anomalies or risks to their own health until the second or third trimester.

This small percentage of pregnancies has been in the news a great deal, as some states seek to secure abortion rights in anticipation that the Supreme Court will overturn federal protections. New York’s Reproductive Health Act, for which Christensen and Marschall have been lobbying for for several years, would allow abortions after 24 weeks if the fetus is not viable or if there is a risk to the mother’s health, eliminating the need to travel to other states. And Virginia’s HB 2491 would have expanded the circumstances under which third trimester abortions would be permissible, including nonviability and severe fetal anomaly.

Goehring was in her 25th week when an ultrasound was able to give an accurate view of the fetal face, which had no nose, a cleft down the center and eyes where the temples should be. Moving outward, it became clear that the vessels around the heart were misaligned and there was a large cyst near the brain stem. After an autopsy, Goehring would learn that the reason was a condition called acromelic frontonasal dysostosis, and that her daughter was the 19th recorded case in all of medical literature. She has since found two children who survived with the condition for several years, both of whom “needed reconstructive surgery just to breathe, do not walk, sit or talk, have trachs and breathing tubes,” she says.
abortion  legislation  reproductiveRights 
yesterday by campylobacter
Here’s What I Want Donald Trump And Everyone Else To Know About My 'Late-Term Abortion'
Once seated around a small round table, the doctor wasted no time getting to the point. She informed us that our baby had a severe developmental abnormality, Spina Bifida, in the cervical region of the spine. Her spinal cord was completely exposed just below her skull. I remember immediately starting to cry and my ears started to ring so loudly I could barely hear her as she continued to speak. I struggled to listen as she explained in detail what we were facing.

The doctor told us that it was unlikely that our baby would survive and should she make it to delivery and live, she would be paralyzed from the neck down. She would be confined to a wheelchair and would likely be permanently attached to a colostomy bag and feeding tube; she would be profoundly mentally disabled. The doctor advised us that our best course of action, in her medical opinion, was a therapeutic abortion, and with heavy hearts we agreed.
abortion  legislation  reproductiveRights 
6 days ago by campylobacter
The Senate just passed the decade’s biggest public lands package. Here’s what’s in it. - The Washington Post
The bipartisan measure would create more than 1.3 million acres of wilderness out West, add three national park units and expand eight others.
politics  legislation 
7 days ago by sandykoe
Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test
Just a test: Russia will attempt to hit the off switch and temporarily disconnect the country from the internet, ZDNet reports, in what officials are describing as an experiment meant to "ensure the independence of the Russian internet space (Runet) in the case of foreign aggression to disconnect the country from the rest of the internet."

ZDNet: "The reason for the experiment is to gather insight and provide feedback and modifications to a proposed law introduced in the Russian Parliament in December 2018...In addition, Russian telecom firms would also have to install 'technical means' to re-route all Russian internet traffic to exchange points approved or managed by Roskomnazor, Russia's telecom watchdog. Roskomnazor will inspect the traffic to block prohibited content and make sure traffic between Russian users stays inside the country, and is not re-routed uselessly through servers abroad, where it could be intercepted. A date for the test has not been revealed, but it's supposed to take place before April 1, the deadline for submitting amendments to the law --known as the Digital Economy National Program."

+ A first draft of the internet isolation bill passed Russia's State Duma on Tuesday: Meduza https://meduza.io/en/news/2019/02/12/russian-lawmakers-pass-first-draft-of-internet-isolation-legislation

+ Internet freedom expert says Russia lacks the means to pull off an isolated Web like China's: Meduza https://meduza.io/en/feature/2019/02/12/internet-freedom-expert-says-russia-lacks-the-means-to-pull-off-an-isolated-web-like-china-s

+ Newsweek provides a sound backgrounder on the proposed measure, including insight from Russia/Ukraine expert Tanya Lokot: "“I think the experiment itself, the Russians are calling it a ‘training exercise,’ is really just that, to test for how various systems would react to disconnection and where the weak spots or issues would be. But I also think it’s simultaneously a litmus test of public opinion, to see how the public will react to something like this or if there will be little uproar." https://www.newsweek.com/russia-prepares-cyberwar-cutting-domestic-internet-world-wide-web-1326963

+ ICYMI: "Russian security services could soon have access to the personal data of thousands of Apple users in Russia, following the tech giant’s decision to comply with Russian law and store user data on servers in the country." Foreign Policy https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/01/31/how-russia-is-strong-arming-apple-data-security-icloud/
otf  russia  apple  access  policy  legislation 
7 days ago by dmcdev
Bill Text - AB-375 - The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018
It is the intent of the Legislature to further Californians’ right to privacy by giving consumers an effective way to control their personal information, by ensuring the following rights:
(1) The right of Californians to know what personal information is being collected about them.
(2) The right of Californians to know whether their personal information is sold or disclosed and to whom.
(3) The right of Californians to say no to the sale of personal information.
(4) The right of Californians to access their personal information.
(5) The right of Californians to equal service and price, even if they exercise their privacy rights.
legislation  California  privacy 
15 days ago by corrickwales

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