Cheers and Jeers

Birth Control Covered; Science Gender Gap Persists

Friday, August 5, 2011

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More News to Jeer This Week:

  • Duquesne University in Pittsburgh is suing Highmark Inc., an insurance provider, for incorrectly paying reimbursements for birth control and other procedures and medications that violate the school's Catholic mission, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Aug. 3.
  • LGBT rights organizations are lashing out at Italy's parliament's decision to reject a bill calling for stiffer sentences for perpetrators of hate crimes against homosexuals and transsexuals, reported The Associated Press Aug. 2. The parliament's lower house, dominated by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's conservatives, rejected the bill on July 26.
  • Dozens of women and children in Israel may face eviction as seven battered women's shelters may be forced to close, reported Ynetnews Aug. 2.
  • Women are drastically more likely to develop a mental disorder at some point in their lives if they have been the victim of rape, sexual assault, stalking or intimate-partner violence, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reported The Huffington Post Aug. 3. In Australia, researchers from the University of Melbourne and the University of NSW, in New South Wales, found a high proportion of abused women suffered from alarmingly high rates of mental illness-- up to three times higher than the general population-- reported ABC Online Aug. 3.

Noted:

  • Thai lawmakers elected U.S.-educated businesswoman Yingluck Shinawatra as the country's first female prime minister on Aug. 5, reported the Associated Press.
  • An Italian parliamentary commission passed a draft law banning women from wearing in public garments that cover their faces, including the burka and the niqab, reported The New York Times Aug. 2.
  • Three former teachers are suing the Storm King School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., claiming the school punished them for trying to help a female student who was allegedly raped and sexually assaulted at an off-campus party, reported the Times Herald-Record, July 30.
  • Israeli scientists have developed a test that can determine immediately if a drink has been dosed with two of the most common date rape drugs –GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) and ketamine--reported The New York Daily News Aug. 3.
  • Scientists have found that children born to women with the highest levels of exposure to electromagnetic fields-- including from microwaves, hair dryers and power lines -- had a more than three-fold higher rate of asthma compared to those whose moms had the lowest exposure, reported TIME Magazine Aug. 2.

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