What’s Current: Queensland parliament legalizes abortion in historic vote

  • Queensland’s parliament has overturned a 19th century abortion ban in a historic vote to decriminalize abortion, and make it available on demand up to 22 weeks, or later with the approval of two medical practitioners.
  • A group of 54 academics, mainly based in the UK, have signed a letter in The Guardian reporting that they and other members of the academy face being harassed and attacked for engaging in any research or critical analysis of gender identity issues.
  • Female journalists and actors are leading a wave of new #MeToo revelations in India, shaking the media and entertainment industries through a steady outpouring of allegations over Twitter.
  • If elected, Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia, will be the first black governor in state history. Her opponent, Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, has placed a hold on 53,000 voter registration applications, 70 percent of which were submitted by black citizens.
  • Paul Bernardo, the sadistic rapist who was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of Ontario teens Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy, has been denied parole on the 25th anniversary of his arrest in 1993.
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.