Activists condemn Canadian cinema chain for screening anti-abortion film

Canadas largest cinema chain criticized for screening Unplanned, which is said to promote falsehoods about reproductive health Abortion rights defenders in Canada have accused the countrys largest cinema chain of hiding behind freedom of expression laws in order to screen made a decision based on money, not freedom of speech by choosing to screen Unplanned. ARCC executive director Joyce Arthur said: The movie theatres who are agreeing to show this film under the guise of free speech are publicly legitimizing anti-choice views. She told the Guardian: Why does much of civil society seem to think its still OK to allow public challenges of womens rights in the name of free speech? That would never be tolerated if it, for example, …

Today I have to talk to three of my patients about dying. This is how I do it

Its tempting to put these all-important conversations off but the consequences can be dire Its 9.15am. The medical team is full of energy and caffeine. We have patients to see, some of whom are on the road to recovery, others who have already been recognised as dying, and some who have uncertain futures. There are three new patients whose condition could worsen at any time. Given their frailty I believe cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) would be futile. It is now my job to start a discussion about their future care. Three conversations. I take a deep breath. The trainee doctors are attentive and still learning how to do this. I complete my assessment for the first patient, pause, then open the …

‘I wouldn’t be the refugee, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’: how taekwondo made me

The long read: When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard by becoming a taekwondo champion When I was 13, three years after arriving in the US with my mother and brother, I devised a plan to get into the Ivy League. I was a refugee kid with no money and I lived in Iran, she had done horse-riding and tennis. But then the revolution happened, and her sporty body was draped and forgotten. Banned from public exercise, she took to pounding her ass against walls to get that chic, saddle-flattened effect of the late 70s. Sometimes …

Kenyan court upholds law making gay sex illegal

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN)In a blow to the LGBTQI movement in Africa, Kenya’s High Court ruled Friday that a colonial-era law banning same-sex relations should remain in place. The decision was not unexpected. Before the ruling, Waruguru Gaitho, a human rights lawyer at the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), had said: “We are prepared for it to be a protracted struggle. We are well aware that the court process is very long and we are well aware that this is a heavily contested issue. Allows multiple appeals. So we will continue to make our case for equality. “ Thirty-eight out of 55 African countries have enacted laws that make it illegal to be gay. In Somalia and South …

Majority of sunscreens tested would flunk proposed FDA safety tests, report to say

(CNN)Nearly two-thirds of all sunscreens evaluated by the Environmental Working Group would not pass safety tests proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration, the consumer advocacy group will announce next week. “Even though we’ve come up with similar results in our guide before, comparing it to the FDA’s actual proposed standards is really strong,” Leiba said. “So the fact that 60% of the market seemingly wouldn’t be considered safe and effective by the FDA is a huge deal.” The big deal of skin cancer Skin cancer strikes more Americans each year than all other cancers combined. Melanoma, the most deadly form, accounts for only 1% of all skin cancers, but most of the deaths, according to the American Cancer …

Ancestry.coms Racist Ad Tumbles Into a Cultural Minefield

On Thursday, the world’s largest DNA testing company, Ancestry.com, pulled a video advertisement amid a cascade of criticism on social media. The ad, titled “Inseparable” and cinematically shot to portray a gauzy, gothic moment on the streets of the antebellum South, depicted a white man offering a black woman a ring and imploring her to “escape to the North” with him. In the captions, they are referred to as “lovers.” As the video ends, a stylized Canadian marriage certificate for the two characters dated 1857 appears and the voiceover urges the viewer to “uncover the lost chapters of your family history with Ancestry.” The ad appeared online earlier this month, but as BuzzFeed first reported, it didn’t draw much attention …

New film’s love story recalls tragic tale of a real-life ‘Fault in Our Stars’ couple

(CNN)Dave Prager intends to watch the new movie “Five Feet Apart” hidden away in a corner of the theater where no one can watch him cry. Dalton and Katie did share an infection, and they died five days apart in 2016. He was 25, and she was 26. “Dalton’s fear was that he’d be forgotten, so if the way the movie is telling this cystic fibrosis story, if it’s tied to Dalton in any way, that’s a blessing right there,” Prager said. ‘A very human story’ Is “Five Feet Apart” inspired by the Pragers’ love story? “The film is fiction and not based on the Pragers,” CBS Films, which produced the movie, wrote in an email. “The filmmakers did not …