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Australia deli sued over 'semen' in bottled water

An Australian woman is suing a deli after drinking bottled water that allegedly contained semen, lawyers said Friday, with claims that DNA showed it matched the owner of the business. Alicia Cooper has filed a writ of summons in the District Court of Western Australia against the owner, who no longer runs the business, according to media reports that were confirmed by Slater and Gordon, the legal firm representing Cooper. Among its accusations the writ states the owner knowingly placed the sperm in the bottled water and allowed its sale.

Soups, statues and soothsayers in demand as China eases one-child law

By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - In a dimly-lit arcade in downtown Shanghai, shopkeeper Xia Zihan holds out a glinting, yellow-glass carving of the fertility goddess Guanyin, a range she says is starting to sell well after China relaxed its single-child policy last month.

Temp jobs linked to childlessness for women

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The likelihood of a woman remaining childless at age 35 increases with each year spent in a temporary position, a new Australian study finds. "This is an important topic to study because the majority of people living in Western countries want to have children as part of leading a fulfilling life," Vivienne Moore, the study's senior author, wrote in an email to Reuters Health.

China one-child law change small but crucial

Beijing's relaxation of its hugely controversial one-child policy is an attention-grabbing first step, but it will have to usher in greater changes if China is to tackle its looming demographic timebomb, experts say. According to a Communist Party announcement on Friday, couples in China will now be allowed to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. Since the late 1970s, most couples in the world's most populous nation have been legally restricted to a single child, in an effort to control population growth.

China one-child law change small but crucial

Beijing's relaxation of its hugely controversial one-child policy is an attention-grabbing first step, but it will have to usher in greater changes if China is to tackle its looming demographic timebomb, experts say. According to a Communist Party announcement on Friday, couples in China will now be allowed to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. Since the late 1970s, most couples in the world's most populous nation have been legally restricted to a single child, in an effort to control population growth.

China to ease one-child policy

China will relax its hugely controversial one-child policy, state media said Friday, in a major policy shift announced days after a meeting of China's top Communist Party leaders. Couples will be allowed to have two children if one of the parents is an only child, the official news agency Xinhua reported, citing a "key decision" made by leaders at this week's gathering, known as the Third Plenum. The policy was brought in during the late 1970s to control China's huge population, the world's largest.

Judge blocks part of Texas law restricting abortion

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday blocked a provision of a new Texas law that requires doctors performing abortions to have an agreement with a local hospital to admit patients, and the judge left up to physicians the decision whether to administer the so-called abortion pill in medical emergencies.

Sex kills for some male marsupials

Mating is such an arduous and frenzied process for some male marsupials that it literally kills them, according to new Australian-led research. Scientists had wondered for decades why some species of insect-eating marsupials dropped dead after sex, with speculation including that they died from fighting or to leave more food for their offspring.

Canada would be very different for women if not for Morgentaler: advocate

TORONTO - Reaction to the death of Dr. Henry Morgentaler shows his life's mission to ensure access to abortions for women across Canada is no less polarizing now than it was when he took up the fight 46 years ago. The man who forever altered the reproductive landscape in Canada died Wednesday at home in Toronto at the age of 90, surrounded by his family. Morgentaler opened abortion clinics across the country and fought Canada's abortion law, which ultimately resulted in the Supreme Court's landmark 1988 decision declaring it unconstitutional.

Baby is born in Japan after ovary experiment

A new technique that coaxes an infertile woman's ovaries into producing eggs again has resulted in the birth of a baby in Japan, international scientists said Monday. A second woman has also become pregnant using the same method, according to the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal. Researchers caution that the technique is still in its early stages, but could offer hope for young women whose ovaries are no longer producing eggs.
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