Today’s selection of articles:
- “Bulwark against an abortion ban? Medical advances“, by Pam Belluck & Jan Hoffman (NY Times, 2018-07-01). The article argues that (1) even if government attempts to restrict access to abortion, vastly improved contraceptive technology gives women more power over the childbearing decision today than forty years ago; and (2) restricting abortions would disproportionately affect low-income women.
- “Induced abortion in the United States” (Guttmacher Institute, 2018-01). As cited in the NY Times article above, almost half of the pregnancies in the US are unintended. According to a 2005 study,
The three most common reasons—each cited by three-fourths of patients—were concern for or responsibility to other individuals; the inability to afford raising a child; and the belief that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents. Half said they did not want to be a single parent or were having problems with their husband or partner.
- “South Korea’s enduring racism“, by Se-Woong Koo (NY Times, 2018-07-01). “For all of South Korea’s success as a democracy and as a thriving economy, compassion and humanitarian instincts are in short supply. And the government bears much of the blame for fostering this selfish mind-set.”
- “Hard news. Angry administration. Teenage journalists know what it’s like.“, by Jaclyn Peiser (NY Times, 2018-07-01).
- “Here’s some cryptocurrency. Now please use it.“, by Nathaniel Popper (NY Times, 2018-07-01). Ripple gets creative in self-promotion, if not use.
- “No, machine learning is not just glorified statistics“, by Joe Davison (Towards Data Science, 2018-06-27).