Call to review teen abortion law

first_imgStuff 26 April 2015Young pregnant teens don’t have the mental maturity to understand the implications of an abortion, new research suggests.Parents should be involved in the abortion decision, rather than giving all girls, no matter what their age, the right to consent, Otago University masters law student Michael Morrison said.The current “clumsy” legislation that allows teens to chose to have an abortion without their parent’s permission is outdated and should be repealed, he said.“We’re relying on an ancient piece of legislation.”Morrison’s law and ethics essay, which argues this case, has won second place in an international academic writing competition.The paper has been published in the latest edition of the Asian Bioethics Review.In New Zealand children aged under 16 generally need their parent’s permission to undergo medical procedures, except when it comes to abortions. THE REPORTlast_img read more

NLCS Scouting Report: Dodgers vs. Brewers

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire x-Game 5: at Dodgers, Wednesday, 2:05 p.m., FS1x-Game 6: at Brewers, Friday, Oct. 19, 5:39 p.m., FS1x-Game 7: at Brewers, Saturday, Oct. 20, 6:09 p.m. (5:09 if no ALCS Game 6), FS1x- if necessarySeason Series: Dodgers won 4-3 Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies SERIES SCHEDULE (all times PT)Game 1: at Brewers, Friday, 5:09 p.m., FS1Game 2: at Brewers, Saturday, 1:09 p.m., Fox/Ch. 11Game 3: at Dodgers, Monday, 4:39 p.m., FS1Game 4: at Dodgers, Tuesday, 6:09 p.m., FS1 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season TALE OF THE TAPE (OFFENSE)Dodgers (NL rank) … category … Brewers (NL rank)804 (1st) … Runs scored … 754 (7th).333 (3rd) … OBP … .323 (6th).442 (1st) … Slugging Pct … .424 (3rd).774 (1st) … OPS … .747 (4th).250 (8th) … Batting Avg. … .252 (7th)235 (1st) … HRs … 218 (2nd)75 (9th) … SBs … 124 (1st)TALE OF THE TAPE (PITCHING)Dodgers (NL rank) … category … Brewers (NL rank)3.38 (1st) … Team ERA … 3.73 (4th)3.19 (1st) … Starters ERA … 3.92 (7th)3.72 (5th) … Bullpen ERA … 3.47 (2nd)1.15 (1st) … WHIP … 1.24 (2nd)9.54 (1st) … Ks per 9 inns … 8.80 (6th).669 (1st) … Opponent OPS … .696 (3rd).230 (2nd) … Opponent Avg. … .233 (3rd)Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.PROJECTED LINEUPSBrewers: CF Lorenzo Cain (.308, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs, 90 Runs, 30 SBs), RF Christian Yelich (.326, 36 HRs, 110 RBIs, 1.000 OPS, 22 SBs), LF Ryan Braun (.254, 20 HRs, 64 RBIs), 1B Jesus Aguilar (.274, 35 HRs, 108 RBIs, .890 OPS), 3B Mike Moustakas (.256, 8 HRs, 33 RBIs), 2B Travis Shaw (.241, 32 HRs, 86 RBIs, .825 OPS), SS Hernan Perez (.253, 9 HRs, 29 RBIs, 11 SBs) or Orlando Arcia (.236, 3 HRs, 30 RBIs), C Erik Kratz (.236, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs) or Manny Pina (.252, 9 HRs, 28 RBIs)Dodgers: LF Joc Pederson (.248, 25 HRs, 56 RBIs, .843 OPS), 3B Justin Turner (.312, 14 HRs, 52 RBIs, .924 OPS), 1B Max Muncy (.263, 35 HRs, 79 RBIs, .973 OPS), SS Manny Machado (.297, 37 HRs, 107 RBIs, .905 OPS combined between Dodgers and Orioles), C Yasmani Grandal (.241, 24 HRs, 68 RBIs, .815 OPS), CF Cody Bellinger (.260, 25 HRs, 76 RBIs, .814 OPS), RF Yasiel Puig (.267, 23 HRs, 63 RBIs, .820 OPS), 2B Kiké Hernandez (.256, 21 HRs, 52 RBIs, .806 OPS)It turns out the Miami Marlins traded away back-to-back NL MVPs during their strip-down last winter – 2017 winner Giancarlo Stanton and Yelich, the presumptive 2018 winner. Through the end of June, Yelich was having a good season, batting .286 with an .835 OPS and 11 HRs – then he turned into Barry Bonds. Over his last 79 regular-season games, Yelich hit .357 with a .704 slugging percentage, a Bonds-ian 1.139 OPS and 25 home runs. The Brewers’ offense is more than Yelich, however. Aguilar and Shaw also topped 30 home runs and the Brewers finished second only to the Dodgers in home runs in the NL. Their offense was well-balanced, hitting lefties (a .254 average and .742 OPS) as well as righties (.252 and .749). EDGE: EvenSTARTING PITCHERSBrewers: LH Gio Gonzalez (10-11, 4.21 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 32 starts with Nationals and Brewers), LH Wade Miley (5-2, 2.57 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 16 starts), RH Jhoulys Chacin (15-8, 3.50 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 35 starts), RH Brandon Woodruff (3-0, 3.61 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 10.0 Ks per 9 innings, 19 games, 4 starts)Dodgers: LH Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 8.6 Ks per 9 innings), LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 1.97 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 9.7 Ks per 9 innings), RH Walker Buehler (8-5, 2.62 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 9.9 Ks per 9 innings), LH Rich Hill (11-5, 3.66 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 10.2 Ks per 9 innings)The Brewers’ best starting pitcher is probably Jimmy Nelson – who missed the 2018 season while recovering from shoulder surgery. When they made the NLDS against the Colorado Rockies, they announced Woodruff as their “initial out-getter” (on the team’s official Twitter account) and went with a bullpen game, not because none of their traditional starters were unavailable but because they just weren’t that good. This time around, they have two well-traveled veterans with some favorable history against the Dodgers. Miley allowed just one unearned run in 13 innings over two starts against the Dodgers this season. And Gonzalez is 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA in six career starts against them (none this season). The Dodgers, meanwhile, had such strong starting options they went with Ryu over Kershaw in Game 1 of their NLDS. However, they line them up – this is a massive advantage for the Dodgers. EDGE: DodgersBULLPENBrewers: RH Jeremy Jeffress (8-1, 1.29 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 15 saves, 10.4 Ks per 9 innings), RH Corbin Burnes (0-1, 3.33 ERA, 1.52 WHIP), LH Josh Hader (6-1, 2.43 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 12 saves, 15.8 Ks per 9 innings), RH Corey Knebel (4-3, 3.58 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 16 saves, 14.3 Ks per 9 innings), RH Joakim Soria (3-4, 3.12 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 16 saves with White Sox and Brewers), LH Dan Jennings (4-5, 3.22 ERA, 1.38 WHIP), RH Junior Guerra (6-9, 4.09 ERA, 31 games, 26 starts), RH Freddy Peralta (6-4, 4.25 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 11.0 Ks per 9 innings, 16 games, 14 starts), LH Xavier Cedeno (2-0, 2.43 ERA, 1.26 WHIP with White Sox and Brewers)Dodgers: RH Kenley Jansen (1-5, 3.01 ERA, 38 saves, 0.99 WHIP, 10.3 Ks per 9 innings), LH Scott Alexander (2-1, 3.68 ERA, 3 saves, 1.27 WHIP, 7.6 Ks per 9 innings), RH Ryan Madson (2-5, 5.47 ERA, 4 saves with the Nationals and Dodgers), RH Pedro Baez (4-3, 2.88 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 9.9 Ks per 9 innings), RH Kenta Maeda (8-10, 3.81 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 11.0 Ks per 9 innings), LH Alex Wood (9-7, 3.68 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), LH Caleb Ferguson (7-2, 3.49 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 10.8 Ks per 9 innings), RH Dylan Floro (6-3, 2.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 8.2 Ks per 9 innings combined with Reds and Dodgers), RH Ross Stripling (8-6, 3.02 ERA, 10.0 Ks per 9 innings, 33 games, 21 starts)The Brewers’ bullpen is the envy of everyone in baseball. They have a dominant, back-end trio of Hader, Jeffress and Knebel that can be deployed in any order to shorten games. Add in Soria, a former closer with the Royals and White Sox, and they have four relievers who recorded at least 12 saves this season. Not coincidentally, the Brewers were 33-19 in one-run games during the regular season (the Dodgers were 22-22). In their three-game NLDS sweep of the Rockies, the Brewers’ bullpen pitched more innings than the starters (even including “opener” Woodruff as a starter) and held the Rockies to a .151 batting average with 22 strikeouts in 15-1/3 innings. The Dodgers insist their bullpen is better than the outside perception. But it can’t match the Brewers. EDGE: BrewersBENCHBrewers: Arcia, Pina, OF Curtis Granderson (.242, 13 HRs, 38 RBIs with the Blue Jays and Brewers), IF Jonathan Schoop (.233, 21 HRs, 61 RBIs), OF Keon Broxton (.179, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs), OF-1B Eric Thames (.219, 16 HRs, 37 RBIs)Dodgers: C Austin Barnes (.205, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs), OF Chris Taylor (.254, 17 HRs, 63 RBIs), 2B Brian Dozier (.215, 21 HRs, 72 RBIs combined between Twins and Dodgers), OF Matt Kemp (.290, 21 HRs, 85 RBIs), IF David Freese (.296, 11 HRs, 51 RBIs)The Brewers have power threats on the bench in Schoop and Thames (if he makes the NLCS roster) and even Granderson, who was a bust as a late-season addition with the Dodgers last year. But the Dodgers’ depth is unmatched, allowing Manager Dave Roberts to both shape his starting lineup in the most advantageous manner against a certain pitcher – and then flip it with mid-game moves. That could prove particularly critical in this matchup with the Brewers’ starting pitchers not likely to be around past the first few innings. EDGE: DodgersMANAGERThe Brewers have increased their win total each of the past four seasons (up to 96 this season), toppled the Cubs from atop the NL Central and ride an 11-game win streak into this matchup – so Manager Craig Counsell must be doing something right. But Roberts has been here before, each of his three seasons as manager, and has greater resources to work with. EDGE: DodgersSERIES PREDICTIONOn Sept. 18, the Brewers lost to the Cincinnati Reds and fell 3 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. They have since lost just once in 14 games, catching the Cubs and beating them in Game 163, then sweeping the Colorado Rockies in their NLDS (outscoring them 13-2). That is the definition of a hot team and the Brewers also have home-field advantage in a series that could very well go the distance. But the Dodgers have a big advantage in starting pitching and a “been-there/done-that” confidence that should carry them through – barely. DODGERS IN SEVENRelated Articleslast_img read more