Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

Pregnancy and Illness are Two Separate Things, Court Ruled Today

October 1, 2010

An update on the State Insurance Agancy case where four women were denied compensation for being ill during their pregnacies on the grounds that illness during pregnancy was normal, as if it was their own fault. The court ruled yesterday they won’t disagree with the previous ruling that this was discrimination against pregnant women. I already wrote a post when it was up in court the first time that this was the most logical. It can be compared to a skater who breaks an arm, a smoker who gets cancer, a carpenter who nails a finger and an overweight person who gets heart problems. It was self-inflicted, but not intentional because these activities don’t have to lead to problems, and even if it is self-inflicted they’re still no less sick or injured.

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Pregnancy is not a Disease and EU is now a Country

November 3, 2009

Swedish state insurance organization Försäkringskassan was today convicted for discrimination against pregnant women.

4 women suffered pains during their pregnancy and were unable to work as usual, but were denied sickness compensation. According to Försäkringskassan they were denied compensation because their problems were not severe enough, but the court found that it could be assumed that the reason for denying them compensation was that their problems were caused by pregnancy (and yes, according to Försäkringskassan problems caused by pregnancy do not grant compensation).

A lot of things can make you sick; sitting down, standing up and walking around and all injuries caused by said activities grant compensation. There’s no reason why pregnancy should not, because just like walking around, being pregnant is not a disease, but you can still get hurt from it. A spokesperson from Försäkringskassan wants new legislation to avoid this in the future.

By the way, all humans are women, only some women grow a penis during their development because hormones tell the body to do so.

Second story of the day is that Czech president Václav Klaus finally signed the Lisbon treaty which means the European Union is more like a nation state than ever before. In these glocal times one would of course expect more centering of power but also a balancing power-distribution towards communes, regions and districts. Freedom, however, is not gonna happen during our life-times anyway. Maybe the idealism connected with democracy will fade during the 21st century and maybe anarchy will lose some of its negative connotations in the minds of most people, but progress takes time. Almost exactly 5,000 years ago, Egyptian pharaoh Djer was buried together with 200 other humans accompanying him into the land of the dead. Still today we have not flattened the pyramid of power (even though monarchies are not what they used to be).

The guy that says that in a democracy majority rules, is missing the point that democracy is not just about the majority vote that matters in a democracy, it’s also about the opinions of the minorities. Wikipedia:

“The “majority rule” is often described as a characteristic feature of democracy, but without responsible government or constitutional protections of individual liberties from democratic power it is possible for dissenting individuals to be oppressed by the “tyranny of the majority“. An essential process in representative democracies is competitive elections, that are fair both substantively[13] and procedurally.[14] Furthermore, freedom of political expression, freedom of speech and freedom of the press are essential so that citizens are informed and able to vote in their personal interests.[15][16]

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

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Nah fuck, stop sitting here talking about politics. Instead commend this capable and according to me best band there is. That politics stuff you can keep to yourself or something, because on youtube nothings gonna happen if you write SD2010 [nationalistic Swedish party]. What Swedes want to vote for is their own business. Let each and everyone decide for themselves :).. I would like to take this opportunity to thank he who uploaded this song on youtube :). Thanks, that was nice of you. Take care all