No adoption rules for Dutch lesbian couples

When I read this caption in the news in Dutch I thought it meant something negative, but it appears to be quite the contrary. Forget google translate, here’s what it says (my translation):


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THE HAGUE – Lesbian couples having a child will in the future be treated in the same way as hetereosexual couples.
The change in regulations was announced on Thursday by the minister of homo-emancipation [sic], Ronald Plasterk. The minister expects the change to be effective somewhere next year.
Presently it is the case that the partner of the woman who gives birth to a child has to obtain consent from a judge in order to adopt the child. Only then the child is legally hers too.

Well, jolly good on him! and about time too. Plasterk is also the minister of education and I am not quite so pleased with him in the horrendous plans he has for universities and research, but this is good.

What Philosophers Believe

The results of the PhilPapers’ survey of philosophical beliefs of philosophers have been published. The results are here. No big surprises. We’re mostly atheists (72.8%), compatibilists about free will (59%), moral realists (56.3%), naturalists (49.8%), and scientific realists (75%). It doesn’t tell us how many identify as philosophical feminists or who believe gender and race are social constructs. Next time maybe?

Ireland – more on abortion and human rights

We reported earlier on a case that is being made to the European Court of Human Rights by three women from the Republic of Ireland. Abortion is illegal there, so any woman who needs to end a pregnancy has to travel abroad.

Rebecca Findlay from the UK Family Planning Association tells us that women in Northern Ireland also have to travel abroad to obtain an abortion. Despite women from Northern Ireland being UK citizens and UK taxpayers, they lack the abortion rights of other UK women. You can read more about this on the campaign page here, which also includes a link to a petition.