Here’s a recap of some of the sex-related happenings from the last week:
- The Supreme Court heard arguments in 2 cases regarding the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). The 2 companies contesting the mandate, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, argue that providing health care coverage to employees that includes free coverage for birth control infringes upon their religious freedom. Women on the bench aggressively questioned this premise, but overall it looks like the contraception mandate might be doomed.
- West Virginia’s governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, vetoed a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in nearly all cases. In Texas, a federal appeals court overturned a lower court’s ruling that shot down a law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away. The president of Planned Parenthood called it a “terrible court ruling.”
- The Church of England’s bishop of Salisbury, Rev. Nick Holtam, expressed support for gay marriage, saying that it “embodies virtues that the Church of England wants to see maximised in society.” Back in the States, President Obama announced that the federal government will recognize gay marriages that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court granted a stay to stop weddings for same-sex couples.
- Male St. Andrew’s Cross spiders can tell if a prospective mate has been sleeping around.
- Gonorrhea uses grappling hooks to hitch a ride on semen and spread person-to-person.
- Scientists in Sweden begin trials for womb transplants to treat certain kinds of infertility.
- An egg in a bald eagle nest in Philadelphia hatched on March 28 on a live camera feed. You can watch all the nest action here.
- A Danish travel agency wants Danes to make more babies, preferably while staying in a fancy hotel. The “Do it for Denmark” ad campaign is aimed at raising the low birthrate in Denmark (and, presumably, at raising the profit margins of the Spies Rejser travel agency).
- And finally…the Honolulu Police Department wants you to know that its undercover detectives don’t actually have sex with prostitutes. They just want to retain the ability to do so, should the need (ahem) arise.