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On Monday, the Arkansas Senate approved legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to Reuters.
According to The Raw Story, The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act makes it a crime to perform an abortion once a fetus is capable of experiencing pain, which anti-abortion advocates claim occurs around 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Yesterday Human Rights Watch called for an independent civilian mechanism to report on abuses committed by Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Reportedly, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson told officers “My message to you today is – don’t worry about it, I’ve got your back” in an email addressing a Human Rights Watch report on police mistreatment of indigenous women and girls in northern British Columbia.
On Monday Turkish courts passed a landmark ruling saying gay sex is natural, according to Gay Star News.
The ruling contradicts a previous ruling by Turkey’s supreme court.
IN OTHER NEWS
Yesterday the Irish parliament was scheduled to discuss an investigation in to Magdalene laundries, according to BBC News Europe.
The laundries were Catholic workhouses run by nuns in Ireland, where thousands of young women worked behind locked doors without pay.
Many who worked in the laundries claim it was slave labour and want a state apology and compensation.
A new documentary called “One for Ten” will chronicle the stories of innocent persons condemned to death row and then eventually exonerated.
Check out the Indiegogo campaign here.
On a related note, the Thunderclap campaign to rally support for the abolition of the death penalty in Maryland is approaching its deadline.
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