[identity profile] lynn82md.livejournal.com
När anti-abortlobbyn kom till Sverige

I en internationell kampanj har en mäktig kristen lobbyorganisation drivit på ett svenskt rättsfall, där en barnmorska vägrat arbeta med aborter.


English translation:
When anti-abortion lobby came to Sweden
An international campaign has a powerful Christian lobby organization driven in a Swedish court case, where a midwife refused to work with abortions.

I'm going to say the same thing that I have remarked about when we have had issues in the U.S with pharmacists not wanting to sell birth control. If you can't do an aspect of your job because it goes against your morals or you are not comfortable about it, don't fucking do that job. How simple is that? I've been told by acting teachers that if I don't like something about a role that I'm not comfortable with or it compromises my morals, that I should tell the director and then I would be replace even if it would cost me a job.

I know in the states that we are more lenant if a doctor, nurse, or midwife doesn't want anything to do with an abortion. However, Sweden is not the same way as the states. You would be surprised to know how aggressive Swedes can get if someone tries to change their system. They won't have it. Because, here is the thing...with the exception of the Swedish Democratic party (which is the Swedish cousin of the British Nationalist Party), the other seven parties in parliament don't have any pro-life or anti-abortion plat form. Not even the Christian Democrats have that platform, and they are the closet thing to being pro-life in Sweden. The reason why, with the exception of one, all these political parties (especially those on the right) don't have that platform is because illegalizing abortion would be flat out political suicide.

Unlike the U.S where, while Democrats or Republicans would get majority of power as what happened witht his past election, Democrats and Republicans would always have power because we've set up a system where you can't fully vote out either party...it's not the same way in Sweden. If a party would not get 4% of the votes, they would be voted out of power. It's happen before. So, even if the Swedish Democrats, for example...would get enough votes to get leadership and somehow manage to illegalize abortion successfully, it would be a short-term joy for them as they would be voted out of power completely. That is political suicide in Sweden.

Still, I can't believe this movement is now picking up steam here. Hopefully, it's short lived.
[identity profile] lynn82md.livejournal.com
Warren Buffett, probably the world’s most successful investor, has said that anything good that happened to him could be traced back to the fact that he was born in the right country, the United States, at the right time (1930). A quarter of a century ago, when The World in 1988 light-heartedly ranked 50 countries according to where would be the best place to be born in 1988, America indeed came top. But which country will be the best for a baby born in 2013?

To answer this, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist, has this time turned deadly serious. It earnestly attempts to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead.

Its quality-of-life index links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys—how happy people say they are—to objective determinants of the quality of life across countries. Being rich helps more than anything else, but it is not all that counts; things like crime, trust in public institutions and the health of family life matter too. In all, the index takes 11 statistically significant indicators into account. They are a mixed bunch: some are fixed factors, such as geography; others change only very slowly over time (demography, many social and cultural characteristics); and some factors depend on policies and the state of the world economy.

A forward-looking element comes into play, too. Although many of the drivers of the quality of life are slow-changing, for this ranking some variables, such as income per head, need to be forecast. We use the EIU’s economic forecasts to 2030, which is roughly when children born in 2013 will reach adulthood.


What are your thoughts about this? I'm not surprised that the country I'm currently residing is in the top 5.
[identity profile] lynn82md.livejournal.com
From Allout.org:

If you are a transgender person in Sweden and want to legally change your gender, the government forces you to undergo surgery that will render you permanently infertile and forever unable to have children. That's right: in 2012 Swedish law still mandates forced sterilization in order to do something as simple as changing your gender on a driver's license.

Right now a reform of the law is being debated in Sweden. We need a massive show of support across Sweden and Europe against forced sterilization that will finally convince Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfledt to speak out and break the deadlock.

Whether you are straight, gay, lesbian, bi or trans, Swedish or European, or from outside of Euorope will you take a moment to raise your voice and ask Prime Minister Reinfeldt to take a stand for human rights?

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While I'm still an American citizen, I'm a Swedish resident. The goverment should have no right intervening in the reproductive lives of it's residents...regardless what gender and orientation they are.

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