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Issue Roundup 4/9

The Issue

A recent survey from the Moon-Touched Directorate for Health showed that a growing minority of the nation's women are having difficulties producing enough breast milk for their infants. Now a leading breastfeeding advocate has suggested a co-operative scheme in which nursing mothers share surplus milk with other mothers who are having difficulties, for a small profit.

Accepted Position

"This is a noble idea," says Doctor Gertie Broadside, grey eminence of the national health bureaucracy. "Allowing this dissemination of milk will undoubtedly improve the health of our new baby citizens. However, clearly the government must handle this, as to secure proper hygiene and acceptable safety standards. Mothers can deposit their milk at approved facilities, and those lacking can apply for free rations through the appropriate channels. Let's not talk of monetary compensation: that is distasteful."

Result

Breast milk is being redistributed from each according to their ability to each according to their need.
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The Issue

An investigation into a string of under-aged pregnancies in Crystal Tokyo has uncovered a new trend where babies are lauded as the latest 'must-have accessory' for teenage girls. Parents across Kristalmaan are demanding that the government intervene to put a stop to this emerging fad.

Accepted Position

"I think sterilizing the population is a little extreme," your civil service's Chief Medical Officer states candidly. "But we do need to stop these teenage pregnancies, so let's prioritize sex education and free contraceptives. These are teenagers; their hormones are all over the place, and regardless of what we preach about abstinence, they're going to have sex. And for those that get pregnant anyways, free abortion should be available on demand."

Result

Getting an abortion takes less hassle than writing a letter.
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The Issue

Students from many universities in Kristalmaan are protesting about the rising financial cost of studying at university and are demanding that the government provide more financial aid to students.

Accepted Position

"We need money now," screams Pete O a student from one of Kristalmaan's top achieving universities. "All these tuition fees are just too much! I need that money to spend on books, study materials, accommodation, and alco- well, uh, you get the gist of it. All these fees are doing is preventing people from poorer backgrounds achieving their potential. The government ought to pay for all university expenses. After all if nobody went to university where would all the doctors and teachers come from?"

Result

The number of students attending university has reached a record high.
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The Issue

A violent and rather messy stampede of rabbits during a parade in your honour has brought widespread media attention to the shortage of blood, plasma and platelet donors in Kristalmaan.

Accepted Position

"You're kidding, right?" burbles anaemic patient Colin Singh from a hospital bed. "I'm not going to let some closed-minded priest tell me what I can and can't do with my blood! But I don't think people should be forced to give blood; they just need incentive, that's all. Like money. Trust me, any kind of 'Crystals For Blood' scheme will have them almost begging to donate. It's the only humane way to ensure that people like me are getting the care we need. If you're worried about funding just get it from those religious nuts... they're not helping anyone with it."

Result

The poor are often seen pale and dizzy after selling their blood to make ends meet.
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The Issue

The National Poetry Society of Kristalmaan is demanding government-funded programs to promote the arts, especially poetry.

Accepted Position

"We need government help to promote culture," says Roxanne Jones, chairperson of the National Poetry Society of Kristalmaan. "Poetry is the soul of our nation, the very pulse of humanity! We will ultimately be judged according to our contribution to artistic enlightenment. In other words, please provide funding for our humble mission to bring the beauty of poetry to the masses!"

Result

People reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight.

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