If the bloggers are kept against their will, Bangladesh will be well on its way to being a fundamentalist autocracy.… Read the rest
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Meeting this funny and generous man, you could nearly forget the incredibly serious nature of his work.… Read the rest
Last week Obama pledged his continuing support for women’s reproductive rights. Five days later his administration betrayed both reproductive rights and science.… Read the rest
The ruling directed the FDA to make the morning-after birth control pill available to females of all ages without a prescription.… Read the rest
The killing came after three religious leaders issued a fatwa that Halima should be killed publicly, after her father sought their advice about his daughter’s elopement.… Read the rest
Abuse is something that all writers just seem to be expected to accept as “the price”, as if simply having a platform makes you a legitimate target.… Read the rest
The current spread of measles is in stark contrast to a decade ago, when there were only a handful of cases. Nice job, Wakefield.… Read the rest
Homeopaths next?… Read the rest
An international coalition led by CFI, the IHEU, and American Atheists, will protest the persecution of atheist bloggers in Bangladesh with demonstrations on April 25.… Read the rest
The law violates the accepted definition of fetal viability as defined by Roe v. Wade.… Read the rest
The footage, apparently shot by police officers, shows Buddhist crowds cheering when Muslims are attacked and setting fire to mosques and houses.… Read the rest
The only thing that could have saved Savita was a prompt termination, and by the time it was lawful to perform a termination, she was beyond saving.… Read the rest
The University of Leicester has launched an investigation into gender segregation at a public lecture held by its student Islamic society.… Read the rest
A Turkish court has convicted pianist and composer Fazil Say of blasphemy and inciting hatred through a series of comments he made on Twitter last year.… Read the rest
‘Manslaughter of 63 children occurred’ when the State funded the Protestant institution.… Read the rest
The committee said “the general prohibition on abortion in criminal law constitutes a significant chilling factor for women and doctors.”… Read the rest
Islamist political parties have provided government with a list of 84 “atheist bloggers” and are demanding the death penalty for “insulting religion”.… Read the rest
Two elderly women were beheaded in Papua New Guinea after being tortured for three days. Police were outnumbered by an angry mob and could do nothing to stop the murders.… Read the rest
When she was 12, she made a deal with her father: she would undergo the Maasai rite of passage of FGM if he would let her go to high school.… Read the rest