Love the article."Do your work in ernest... no need to be swayed by the marketplace". - A Chinese Proverb that your article reminds me of.
No one has to be an employer. If one's religious beliefs are so strong as to prevent one's adherence to nationally (and/or internationally) determined rules, standards, treaties, etc, one can freely choose NOT to participate in the marketplace in that manner.
@Molly, Buddhism is a practice. Buddha didn't even invent Buddhism. His companions, students, followers were mendicants. Later they went inside and got called "monks" and "nuns." Those are English words. Buddhists are practitioners, whether they do that in a monastery or at home or in the marketplace.
As I read Angelina Jolie's article, I imagined her eyes filling up with tears, as she wrote this article of her mother and her children. Ms. Angelina - I thank you for writing your article to the world, and sharing a private family health matter with other families. In my opinion I felt how much you miss your mother and now you are under five percent at risk. I lost my mother not to BRCA gene, but to Cancer. May GOD continue to bless you and I thank you for all you have done with your charity work. I would also do anything I could to live as long as I could for my children. To have Brad and your six beautiful babies - you will have more love, more love...For women that did not know or weren't sure of their options, you have informed many to empower themselves. I'm happy that you are happy you made the right decision.
The key is education. Germany's population is shrinking, mainly because it costs more to raise and educate kids to be competitive in today's marketplace and fewer people are able or willing to pay the price. The dumbing down of society does industrialized nations in!
Send the decision to the states for a few years, let them try both ways, and see which works. 5 years from now, the Feds can make a decision. The decision should be reviewed every so often, in the event the marketplace or technology changes.
Negative coverage? Are you joking? Anyone who isn't satisfied or who fails to how up to work should be fired, whether to play hooky, or protest anything.
Is it too much to ask the people at companies to be good citizens? They are making their money in the amazing marketplace that is America, why not ask them to do the right thing?
Maybe some of the Republicans who have been so eager to blame Obama for every case of ebola in the United States could go take a long, serious look at the role of the profit motive -- their beloved "magic of the marketplace" -- in allowing this disease to become a much bigger problem than it might have. Big Pharma companies probably could've wiped it out by now if they were just a little more interested in philanthropy instead of the bottom line. Ayn Rand would be proud of them.