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Inspired by: TV/radio » On our way to a regressive society ?

version: 7 / updated: 2013-01-29
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Originally submitted by: Faure Julien
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Source of inspiration

Television/radio (e.g. programmes and publicity)

The source of the Weak Signal is

CBS Las Vegas (2013, January 25) New Mexico Bill Would Make Abortion After Rape An Evidence Tampering Crime. Retrieved from: http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2013/01/25/new-mexico-bill-would-make-abortion-after-rape-an-evidence-tampering-crime/

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Signal's headline

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On our way to a regressive society ?

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
Todd Akin, by his speech about the fact that he truly believe that a women can't get pregnant if she has been raped, has maybe open the doors to the return of a conservative society.


Todd Akin , 2012, rape, pregnant, science, abortion,


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We know that the American society is really influent in our world; actually, their conservative part is being more and more rough about the question of the abortion after a rape. This notion is one of the most important freedom for women, and if they prohibit it, its the start to a regressive society.

Signal's first apperance


Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

It's evolve society, obviously nothing is clearly purpose for this happening because it's still a democrat who is president, but we know that Romney had a serious chance to win the elections. American's society still has a serious conservative tendency.


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please select
Level 1: important for a particular country USA
Level 2: important for a particular world region Occidental world
Level 3: important for the European Union High
Level 4: important for the whole world high

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
institutional filters (rules, laws, regulations)
affective filters (emotions, anxiety, self-doubt)
political filters (party or ideological interests)
social filters (class, status, education level)

Comments on selection:

Women rights is a very sensitive subject in our nowadays world, so it's really intense for politicians to prevent the access to this kind of things like abortion. First able, the media will communicate very badly about it because usually they are more in a evolutive set of mind. Then, the public opinion will be very against this, however this is clearly against the ideologies of the Republican party.

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

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Risks Opportunities
between 2015-2025 Society Rise of the Arabs world

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) Clearly being opposed to this kind of speech, eventless every one is free to have a opinion. Having a strong campaign about the rights of the women about their body, provide them more rights, elected women at the government.
Non-for-profit organisations (e.g. NGOs, political parties, social movements, voluntary associations) Organizing like a meeting against this speech and for the women rights Creation of more women right defenders
Media Showing of much the opinion of Todd akin are false giving the opportunity to some raped women of expressing themselves about that
General public Denigrating this type of speech, don't vote for this men Being supportive for women, giving them the chance to be free and doing what their want with their body, stop judgment

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Behavioural change Comportment toward women will change, men will be more and more sexist
Coexistence and conflicts There will have a change in the sex equality
Crime and terrorism Numbers of sexual harassment will increase
Diseases, health and well-being Pregnant women from a rape will be very unhappy, and worst, they will try to abort by themselves.
Education dynamics Boys will no longer learn to respect women.
Governance and trust in democracy This is not a democratic comportment to prohibit women to the access of what they are asking for.
Social cohesion and diversity The social cohesion will no longer exists because men and women won't be well perceived.

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Social Sciences and Humanities The Weak signal is relevant in Social sciences because it's concerned a society changement.