Archive for May, 2011
By MITCH BILLINGS – At nearly midnight on May 21, 2011, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill that will place a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman on the ballot in the Fall of 2012. This vote passed the House 70-63, mostly along party lines, with two Democrats voting for passage, and four Republicans voting against.
By PATRICIA A BROUSSARD – Brianna Lennon makes several cogent and persuasive arguments about Female Genital Mutilation (“FGM”) in her recently published Student Note entitled, If You Prick Me: The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Female Genital Cutting Policy Turnabout. She successfully articulates why she believes that by prohibiting FGM, opponents are in effect reinforcing it as a tie to the former culture or country. However, although Ms. Lennon makes some sound points, she overlooks and thereby, fails to answer the most obvious question which is, who owns a woman’s body
By DIANE E HARPER, PH.D. – On over twenty occasions between 2008 and 2010, customs authorities in the Netherlands have detained consignments of Indian-manufactured generic medicines that were in transit to developing countries. Each time the containers reached Dutch ports, the medicines were apprehended based on claims that the goods were counterfeit. Many have accused the European Union (“EU”) of impeding legitimate trade in affordable medicines and putting patients in low-income countries at risk.