Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Democracy in Action

Meeting on Easter Monday, April 9, health ministers from more than 40 African countries participated in a weeklong conference discussing health strategies for the continent under the Maputo Protocol that was "approved" by the ministers last October--ratified by just 15 of the 53-member states of the African Union, the protocol calls for all member states to implement abortion legislation.

15 out of 53? More than half! I think. My math was never so hot.

Unrelated, but I found this amuesing:

In 1989, the Supreme Court of the United States, in Board of Estimate of City of New York v. Morris declared the New York City Board of Estimate unconstitutional on the grounds that the city's most populous borough (Brooklyn) had no greater effective representation on the board than the city's least populous borough (Staten Island), this arrangement being a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause pursuant to the high court's 1964 "one man, one vote" decision (Reynolds v. Sims). [2]

So much for the senate.

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