France to legislate on assisted reproduction: spokesman

Reuters, 28 June 2017
Authors: Jean-Baptiste Vey, Brian Love and Andrew Roche
“The French government wants to give lesbian couples and single women access to assisted reproduction, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, setting the scene for a major extension of gay rights under new President Emmanuel Macron. French law currently restricts techniques such as artificial insemination using donated sperm to heterosexual couples. The National Consultative Committee on Ethics (CCNE) said on Tuesday it was in favor of extending medically assisted procreation to female couples and single women.”
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Public Health ordered to use gender-neutral terms

The Guam Daily Post, 16 June 2017
Author: John O’Connor
“The Department of Public Health and Social Services has been ordered by the Superior Court of Guam to update its record system and forms, including birth certificates, so that they are gender neutral. The department will have 30 days from May 31 to enact the changes and will make gender-neutral birth certificates available to same-sex parents who did not receive certificates correctly identifying both of them in the past.”
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Challenges To Reducing Discrimination And Health Inequity Through Existing Civil Rights Laws

Health Aff 2017 vol. 36 no. 6 1041-1047
Authors: Amitabh Chandra, Michael Frakes, Anup Malani
“More than fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, health care for racial and ethnic minorities remains in many ways separate and unequal in the United States. Moreover, efforts to improve minority health care face challenges that differ from those confronted during de jure segregation. We review these challenges and examine whether stronger enforcement of existing civil rights legislation could help overcome them.”
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Drug testing welfare recipients raises questions about data profiling and discrimination

The Conversation, 12 May 2017
Author: Bronwen Dalton
“The Australian government’s proposed random drug test trial for welfare recipients is not so random. Announced as part of the 2017 federal budget, Treasurer wants 5,000 people on Newstart or Youth Allowance in three locations to undergo random drug testing from January next year. If drugs are detected, the user could find their welfare quarantined. But rather than doing people “a big favour” such data-based programs often disproportionately target those of low socio-economic status. The use of data tools to profile people seeking help only adds to the problem.”
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Global systematic review of Indigenous community-led legal interventions to control alcohol

BMJ Open 2017; 7:e013932.
Authors: Muhunthan J, Angell B, Hackett ML, et al
“The national and subnational governments of most developed nations have adopted cost-effective regulatory and legislative controls over alcohol supply and consumption with great success. However, there has been a lack of scrutiny of the effectiveness and appropriateness of these laws in shaping the health-related behaviours of Indigenous communities, who disproportionately experience alcohol-related harm. Further, such controls imposed unilaterally without Indigenous consultation have often been discriminatory and harmful in practice.”
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Sinopoli v Harrison (Human Rights) [2017] VCAT 355 (10 March 2017)

Date of order: 10 March 2017
“Applicant claims that in the delivery of services and in withdrawing services the Respondents unlawfully discriminated against her and victimised her – Applicant directed to produce all her evidence – Respondents then applied for claim to be struck out or dismissed – dismissal appropriate if claim is obviously hopeless or unsustainable – Tribunal’s approach is cautious – insufficient evidence to establish on balance of probabilities that Respondents victimised or unlawfully discriminated against Applicant – other issues raised by the Applicant not covered by the relevant legislation – outside jurisdiction – Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 s75 – Equal Opportunity Act 2010 ss 6,7,8,9,103,104.”
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California Lawmakers Hold LGBT Caucus Briefing on Bill that Would Decriminalize HIV

ECT, 10 March 2017
Source: ECT
“On Thursday, the LGBT Caucus held a briefing on the decriminalizing HIV and SB 239. The controversial bill, Senate Bill 239, introduced in early February, would repeal laws passed more than three-decades ago that Wiener and supporters say are discriminatory and not based in science. The proposed bill would treat HIV like other communicable diseases under California Law. According to the proposed bill, it would make it a misdemeanor instead of a felony to intentionally expose someone to HIV.”
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Ceau?escu’s orphans: what a regressive abortion law does to a country

The Conversation, 1 February 2017
Author: Sharon Maxwell Magnus
“Donald Trump’s announcement of the reinstatement and reinforcement of the “global gag” will have a devastating impact in some countries. In developing countries such as Nepal and in Sub-Saharan Africa life chances will be diminished and the abortion rate may even go up. This result was observed in a World Health Organisation study of a previous iteration of this policy which was brought in by George W Bush in 2001 and was rescinded in 2009 by Barack Obama.”
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South African scandal after nearly 100 mental health patients die

The Guardian, 2 February 2017
Source: Agence France-Presse
“At least 94 patients with mental health issues died after South African authorities moved them from hospitals to unlicensed health facilities. Many of the deaths were due to pneumonia, dehydration and diarrhoea. The centres also failed to provide seriously ill patients with enough food and water, leaving them severely malnourished, underweight and in some cases dying from dehydration.”
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