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Using GPS Technology To Track Down Wayward Pets… And Straying Spouses?

An American manufacturer has come up with a device that allows people to “track what’s important.” For some that could mean pets or property. But what happens when the tracker’s target is of the two-legged variety?

GPS trackers can help owners reunite with thier beloved dogs
GPS trackers can help owners reunite with thier beloved dogs
Anouch Seydtaghia

Pet owners are often tormented by the thought that their beloved companion might one day go astray and disappear. It's understandable, therefore, that they might be interested in buying a device that promises to keep track of their potentially wayward animals. But are they the only ones who might be intrigued by such a gadget? Don't bet on it.

An American company called Garmin has recently come out with a tiny GPS tracker called the GTU 10. Like something out of a James Bond film, the high-tech gadget could indeed be a godsend for someone desperately hoping to bring Lassie home. But it's not hard to imagine people might find some other interesting uses for the tiny tracker. Ethical issues aside, a GTU could be just the thing for a controlling boss keen to know the whereabouts of his employees, or a suspicious spouse worried about his or her partner's wandering ways.

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End Of Roe v. Wade, The World Is Watching

As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

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Hannah Steinkopf-Frank and Sophia Constantino

PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

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