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the period December 14, 2000 through December 20, 2000.
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Monday, December 18, 2000
Australian study says that marriage
leads to longer lives
A story published today by The Age reports that new figures from the Australian Bureau of
Statistics indicate that married people live longer.
The government report says that it seems that men and woman who never marry are twice as
likely to die earlier than their married counterparts.
The difference is greatest among men aged 35-44, who are four times more likely to die
earlier than their partnered colleagues.
The agency has several theories why marriage leads to a longer life.
The report says the first suggests marriage improves a person's health, thereby reducing
the risk of death.
The statisticians also say married people are less likely to participate in risky behavior
and more likely to nurture each other's health.
Another possibility is that healthier and fitter people tend to marry more easily.
On average, Australians live longer than New Zealanders, Americans and Britons, and about
the same as French, Canadians, Spanish and Greeks.
But Japanese, with an age expectancy of 77 for men and 84 for women, live the longest.
Thursday, December 14, 2000
Single women in Australia get invitro
fertilization in wake of court ruling
A story published today in Planet Out reports that a
Melbourne lesbian and two heterosexual single women have apparently become pregnant
through in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the Victorian state of Australia for the first
time since a July Federal Court ruling made reproductive services legal there for women
not in relationships with men, according to the Herald Sun and Australian newspapers.
Two non-lesbian single women have become pregnant there as
well, while treatment is underway for four more lesbians and eighteen other non-lesbian
single women. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has appealed the controversial
court ruling, but the Australian Government this month dropped from its legislative
priorities an amendment to the Sex Discrimination Act that would have again allowed states
to restrict access to reproductive services.
According to the story, the unnamed lesbian, 28, repeatedly failed to conceive by
artificial insemination before undergoing IVF at the fertility clinic of the Royal Women's
Hospital. Victoria's Government has just
introduced the first of two bills to extend many of the rights of unmarried heterosexual
couples to gay and lesbian couples.