What’s Current: Metropolitan Police Commissioner says we probably all know someone who consumes child pornography

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick says consumption of child pornography has grown to such an extent that most people know someone who does it.
  • After eight years on death row, accused of insulting the prophet Muhammed in 2010, Asia Bibi has been acquitted. Violent protests erupted in response to her release, causing the government to “initiate the legal process” to put Bibi’s name on Pakistan’s Exit Control List.
  • Greyhound’s exit from rural Western Canada leaves a gap for the homeless and those fleeing domestic violence. Emergency shelter executives say many rely on public transportation for safe travel, and a lack of service puts survivors in danger:

“They could perhaps be pushed into more vulnerable kinds of situations where they might hitchhike — and I have seen that happen — therefore putting them at greater risk, not only of violence but potentially homicide as well.”

Research shows that women’s reproductive rights and agency is driving a more sustainable global birth rate. Futurity reports a link between women’s education and the decline in birth rate.

Poor access to publicly-funded abortion services in regional New South Wales are a danger to women, forcing them to travel long distances, pay large sums, or self-terminate pregnancy.

Meghan McCarty
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.

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