Reproductive Rights Around The World

It’s been 42 years since Roe v. Wade, the critical ruling which determined that the “right to privacy” extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion. Almost half a century has passed since that landmark decision, and women’s reproductive rights are still hotly debated both in the United States and around the world.

Views on fetus viability, morality, religion, science, the state and women all impact an individual’s views on abortion, and countries around the world naturally understand all of those items a little differently. Upon the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, there’s no better way to assess the state of reproductive rights than by looking at how they’re discussed and legalized around the world.

United States

Reproductive Rights in the United States

Source: ABC

By 1900, every U.S. state had legislation on abortion, many of them condemning the practice as a violation of the law. Though views changed over the decades, only a few states had legalized abortion before the Roe v. Wade ruling. These days, American women have access to a variety of birth control methods, including contraceptive pills, IUDs, condoms and more. Since many of these options are too expensive for poor women, the country still faces a number of questions about who should pay for birth control, condoms and other contraceptives.

United States Abortion Providers

A 2013 map depicting the number of counties without an abortion provider. Source: The Daily Banter

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The Strangest Exoplanets We Have Ever Discovered

By definition, an exoplanet simply refers to a planet which orbits a star other than our Sun. This means that many of the trillions of trillions of planets that probably exist classify as exoplanets. One notable exception is rogue planets – planets that don’t orbit stars, instead directly orbiting the galaxies themselves.

Despite there likely being an absolutely huge number of planets in the Universe, we’ve only discovered about 1800 so far. That’s because spotting a planet is a lot harder than spotting a star – they are much smaller and much dimmer. Even the techniques we use to track down new planets like transit photometry and radial velocity work best at finding gas giants like Jupiter, not small rocky planets like Earth. Despite all of these obstacles, we have enjoyed great success when it comes to uncovering our galactic neighbors and, just like in your own neighborhood, some of them are a little peculiar.

1. Kepler-186f

Strangest Exoplanets Kepler

Source: UPR

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Kitschy Eggs: Pop Culture Russian Dolls

Pop Culture Russian Dolls Lebowski

“You’re out of your element, Donnie!” These Big Lebowski nesting dolls are a big deal. The Dude abides! Source: Jeremy Riad

From fairy tales to Soviet leaders, Russian matryoshka dolls (often called “nesting dolls”) enjoy a rich history. But given enough time, even the most traditional art forms succumb to the draw of pop culture. In this case, these Russian dolls have transformed into colorful eggs of modern, Western entertainment – and they’re pretty awesome.

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This Was The United States’ National Salute Until 1942

Bellamy Salute, national salute until 1942

The Bellamy Salute, the national salute of the U.S. until 1942’s Flag Code was adopted. Source: NY Tribune, via Wikimedia

Looks like those kids are defecting to Germany and joining the Hitler Youth, doesn’t it? Well, in fact, those are (probably) faithful American citizens performing the Bellamy Salute. The Bellamy Salute, now infamous for being the Nazi regime’s favorite way to say “Hello!”, was the national salute of the United States before being replaced by the Pledge of Allegiance in 1942’s Flag Code laws. For those of you keeping score, that’s three years after the start of World War II.

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