A bill to prohibit books deemed “obscene” from Tennessee school libraries advanced through the Criminal Justice Subcommittee after hours-long discussion with celebrities, parents and education professionals alike. Former SNL member, Victoria Jackson, stated that people are stealing the innocence of children through obsene books. Supporters of the bill said some books have descriptions of excessive violence or even pornography. The bill passed with a vote of 7-3.
Sexual intercourse with a minor aged 12-14 will now be regarded as rape. Previously it was only classified as sex with a minor, carrying a maximum sentence of eight years in prison. But in many cases, adult perpetrators have got off with a lenient sentence if they were able to demonstrate they had a meaningful relationship with the child. The law was too lenient. The maximum sentence for such an offence is now 12 years in prison. Importantly, it makes it absolutely illegal for a child aged 12-14 to consent to having sex with an adult. Other laws were also passed. Sex dolls of children have been banned, and more powers have been granted to the police to conduct secret searches in cases of child pornography.
Abortion remains a crime in 14 of Europe’s 52 countries. Malta is the only country which is part of the European Union that strictly prohibits abortion. Poland has tightened its abortion laws as it is now illegal to abort a baby on the grounds of foetal defects. Abortion is also illegal in Andorra and San Marino. Twenty-six European countries give healthcare workers the right not to provide or recommend abortions based on their personal beliefs. Sweden, Iceland and the UK are the top 3 European countries which provide the easiest access to abortion services. The Netherlands, France and Denmark come next. The countries which have the most difficult access to abortion care are Malta, Andorra, Gibraltar, Lichtenstein, Monaco and Poland.
The euthanasia lobby, Dying with Dignity, has started a campaign to force Canada’s denominational medical institutions to participate in, or provide euthanasia. Their main goal is to put an end to transfer of patients wanting euthanasia from a denominational medical institution refusing to perform euthanasia. The British Columbia government is already forcing medical institutions which are not affiliated with a denomination to provide euthanasia. In 2021 a non-denominational hospice ceased to receive funds because they refused to kill their patients.
US Senator, Roger Marshall MD (Obstetrician/Gynaecologist), will introduce the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act1 to the Senate on the 10th of March 2022. Among other provisions, the Act would require abortion centres to perform an ultrasound with simultaneous explanation to the mother what the ultrasound is depicting. The heartbeat must be made audible and ultrasound images of the baby be explained in detail including the presence of arms, legs, internal organs etc. A copy of the images is to be provided to the mother. As a condition of receiving Federal funds or assistance, an abortion provider must perform an ultrasound before performing an abortion. Senator Marshall has delivered thousands of babies but “never imagined [he] would be fighting harder in the Senate than [he] did in the ER and delivery room to protect mothers and babies”.
Idaho leaders want to pass a bill that bans abortions once a heartbeat is detected. The Idaho Senate approved the bill which bans abortions from 6 weeks gestation. The House State Affairs Committee voted to send the bill to the full Idaho House of Representatives where it is expected to pass. The bill may be debated and voted on as early as the 11 of March 2022. This bill will potentially deter the abortion of hundreds. Planned Parenthood, which is America’s biggest abortion company, opposes the bill but stated they will not do abortions after 6 weeks if the bill becomes law.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) issued new abortion guidelines on the 3rd of March 20221. The guidelines urge changes including no gestational age limits to an abortion, no requirement that doctors do abortions, no parental consent for minors, no waiting period and better access to medical abortion pills including through telemedicine. The WHO claims that easy and free access to abortion services is “lifesaving care” and that current abortion restrictions are resulting in women undergoing unsafe abortions which are resulting in preventable death and injury. The WHO states that abortions are “extremely safe” when carried out using their recommended methods. However, their recommendations are more likely to endanger women’s lives. A 2013 study from the University of California showed that abortions conducted by non-physicians (nurses, midwives, physician assistants) were twice as likely to result in complications compared to abortions conducted by physicians2.
An online passport would not only fail to stop children from watching porn – it would be the most intrusive identity scheme of all. The UK Government’s announcement this week that children will be better protected from online porn has been warmly welcomed. The problem is, it’s incredibly hard to enforce such steps online because it creates serious privacy and fraud risks, and is unlikely to achieve the goal of protecting children. Commercial porn websites could indeed request credit card details to grant users access. But, there’s little to stop a child from using a parents’ or older sibling’s card details.
As part of a new internet safety bill, the UK government has announced all pornography websites will be legally required to verify that users are age 18 or older. Under the bill, porn sites must establish robust checks to protect children from accessing them and could use secure age verification technology to confirm a user has a credit card, or use a third-party service to confirm their age against government data. If sites fail to comply, they can be fined up to 10 percent of their annual global turnover, could also be blocked in the UK, and their officials could be held criminally liable, the government stated. The current online safety bill only covers commercial porn sites that allow user-generated content. The proposed update will regulate all commercial porn sites.
Two advocacy groups are calling for stronger measures to curb Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children, They plead for an integrated effort among various stakeholders – from the government, private sector, civil society, to the communities and families. The online streaming event was hosted by Globe in partnership with UNICEF, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), CitizenWatch, and Bantay Konsyumer, Kalsada, and Kuryente (BK3). These organisations stated that to be truly digital means that online safety must be guaranteed. There are several existing laws but there is a gap in the implementation of these laws that allows for activities to thrive with impunity and victimise our children. They further pointed out that there are also laws that conflict with the implementation of the above legislation, and which make it difficult for the authorities to go after online predators.