A roundup of important news from around the interwebs.
An update on South Korea’s decision to permit abortion in some circumstances:
South Korea on Wednesday proposed allowing abortion up until the fourteenth week of pregnancy as part of a new law designed to comply with a landmark ruling by the constitutional court that struck down a decades-long ban. South Korea criminalised abortion in 1953 when its leaders wanted to boost the population, but exceptions to the law were introduced in 1973, including when the pregnancy was caused by a sexual crime.
However, the Constitutional Court overturned the ban in April last year, saying it unconstitutionally curbed women’s rights and ordering the government to come up with a new law. Under the new proposal, abortion would be banned after 14 weeks except in the case of a sex crime, or if the health of the mother is at risk, or if the fetus shows signs of severe birth defects, in which case abortion would be allowed up to 24 weeks, the Justice Ministry said in a statement.
Pro-lifers are still pushing back, but it is unlikely that they will be successful. Abortion activists also disagree with the proposed law, which they claim is oriented towards “punishing women.”
Gruesome new evidence has surfaced in the baby body parts scandal. From Live Action:
New documents obtained by the pro-life group Abortion On Trial reveal that the University of New Mexico overnighted the body parts of a 19-week-old aborted baby to the University of South Florida via FED EX in 2016. The paperwork, which is included in evidence of aborted body parts trafficking at the University of New Mexico, specifies that body parts contained in the shipment are “19 week GI SPL,” most likely intestines and spleen.
“These actions are barbaric and inhumane,” said Abortion on Trial in a Facebook post. “Fetal parts trafficking is a wide spread issue in America. We see these aborted baby parts coming from private providers like #SWO [Southwestern Women’s Options] as well as providers like #PlannedParenthood. Schools like #UNM, #USF, and #UCSF and the providers who send body parts to them should all be held accountable for their roles in this ghastly industry.”
Read the whole thing—and remember, one of America’s two main political parties is dedicated heart and soul to the industry that perpetrates these atrocities.
This is good news:
A small county in Texas has indicted Netflix for its allegedly “lewd” marketing of Cuties, the French-language film about child dancers that sparked a firestorm of moral outrage over the summer. A grand jury indicted the company in Tyler County last month, citing the way it promoted the film. Netflix had teased Cuties‘ North American debut with a poster showing the pre-teen cast posing provocatively on stage in cheerleader outfits.
A grand jury in Texas has now charged the streamer with the “promotion of lewd visual material depicting a child.” The indictment alleges that Netflix promoted material that depicts the pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age, and that the content appeals to the “prurient interest in sex.” It also alleges that the film holds “no serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.”
Netflix rejected the allegations in a statement. “Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film,” the company said.
As I noted earlier, you cannot sexualize young children in order to expose the sexualization of young children. That’s not how it works. I hope this indictment will do some good.
Joe Rogan has responded to the news that Spotify employees have been threatening to strike over his supposed “transphobia,” and he’s not backing down:
The iconic UFC commentator and comedian sold his The Joe Rogan Experience podcast to music streaming giant Spotify for $100 million in May. However, the partnership with the streaming platform has proved troublesome, with reports of internal conflict at the company arising over employees’ concerns that episodes of his program were “transphobic”.
It’s understood Spotify staff threatened to strike last month unless the company removed an episode of Rogan’s podcast featuring Abigail Shrier, author of the book ‘Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters’. Rogan has now broken his silence on the controversy, claiming that Spotify executives had “literally said nothing to me about it”.
“Zero. It’s never come up,” he said. The 53-year-old broadcaster also denied that the episode in question is anti-transgender. “Now, is there someone at Spotify that’s complaining about the Abigail Shrier episode? I’m sure. Is it a transphobic episode? It’s not. They’re wrong. It’s nothing to do with that. It has to do with the fact that human beings are actually malleable. We all know that. That’s why cults exist,” Rogan said.
“There’s a thought process now,” Rogan continued, “that if you’re talking at all about trans people, you have to be 100 per cent supportive. You can never question whether or not children should be allowed to transition … All this is madness. What Abigail is talking about in her book … is large clusters of kids who are mostly kids that are socially awkward, many of them are autistic, many of them have never had any praise at all in their life, and they transition and they get all this praise from people. Because it is, right now it’s in vogue.”
Not only that, Rogan went on, but perhaps Spotify employees don’t have their priorities straight:
“And if you have a problem with people saying terrible s*** and you work for Spotify, maybe you should listen to some of the lyrics (of songs on the platform). Because some of the lyrics and some of the f***ing music that you guys play over and over and over again makes my s*** pale in comparison.
“But I get it, you’re a 23-year-old woke kid and you’re working for this company and you think you’re gonna put your foot down, I get it.”