When the government gets involved in abortion, there is no longer the option for women to ultimately decide what happens to their bodies, should they ever become pregnant. Whether pregnancy is planned, thousands of women are faced with the situation of deciding between having a baby or scheduling an appointment for an abortion.
There are currently twenty-six countries where all abortions are illegal, regardless of if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. In Latin America, the trio of countries with restricted access to abortions in entirety is El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.
The focus of the government of Malta's exception to their country's abortion law is the instance in which a mother's health might be at risk during pregnancy. This Latin American country has not completely restricted abortions, but they are not available for any woman or just any reason.
Additionally, if the pregnant woman's life is at stake due to the pregnancy, she will be able to pursue the procedure. The government of this North American country has since then reversed the laws that once made abortions illegal.
If you were to go to a clinic, like Planned Parenthood, then Canadian citizens might run into a situation where they would have to individually pay for their abortions. After that point, the Russian government extended the period during which abortions are legal, up until twenty-two weeks of pregnancy.
Reasons that constitute abortions in Russia include rape, health risks to the pregnant woman, imprisonment of the woman, the risk of death for the mom or the baby, and physical or mental disabilities to the fetus that put the unborn baby in a dangerous position. Note that this is a general list of laws, and every country has more specific rules and exceptions.
On a cliff, the mysterious walled city of the Maya, Tulum, houses a large bank on the Caribbean Sea. Following a landslide victory for the Repeal campaign in Ireland's historic referendum last week, pressure is mounting on other countries with similarly Draconian laws to legalize abortion too.
This includes one European Union country: the predominantly Catholic Malta, where women face up to three years in jail if they terminate a pregnancy. It's also banned in the European (but not EU) countries of Andorra and San Marino.
Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Indonesia and the UAE are some major economies in which this is the case. Abortion is also permitted only in cases in which it would protect the woman's health in a further 36 countries, three of which are in Europe (Poland, Lichtenstein and Monaco), along with South Korea, Argentina and, Qatar.
As Republicans in states around the country pass sweeping abortion bans, I think about what life could be like for women and girls if these laws take effect. Women and girls across Latin America are already living in places where abortion is heavily restricted or completely banned.
In the past year, I’ve done research for Human Rights Watch in two countries that ban abortion completely, without any exceptions, even if the woman’s life is in danger. Doctors initially denied her chemotherapy because she was pregnant, and then refused to end the pregnancy because to do so would have been against the law.
I met a health educator in the Dominican Republic who fought back tears as she told me how, a few weeks prior, she counseled a pregnant 11-year-old girl who had been raped by her stepfather. But because abortion is illegal even for pregnancies from rape or incest, the educator had no options other than to refer the girl for prenatal care.
An obstetrician-gynecologist in the Dominican Republic told me about a 19-year-old woman who came to the hospital in septic shock after an unsafe abortion two years before. If policymakers in states like Alabama and Georgia are concerned with protecting life and reducing abortion, the new laws they are enacting will not have that effect.
While Ireland holds a referendum on Friday to vote for a change on its laws governing abortion, other European countries still embrace legislation that doesn't allow the procedure, or permit it under very specific circumstances. The Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution states that an unborn child has the same rights as the mother, making it almost impossible for a woman to end a pregnancy voluntarily.
Abortion is one of the most controversial topics in Ireland, with the United Nations criticizing the country for “cruel” and “inhumane” laws that hinder women from choosing whether to become mothers or not. According to data compiled by the Center for Reproductive Rights in Europe, abortion in Ireland is only allowed in situations when the woman's life is in danger and the restriction has even led to calls for international lawsuits against the country's legislature.
Debates in the country usually deteriorate into opposing sides trading accusations, while surveys still show that people perceive abortion as murder, GREC adds. Some locations represent their local currencies such as Euros (€) and Pounds (£), but most use the standard Dollar symbol.
The original countries are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela. On March 2019, Billie released the following countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, Portugal, Romania, and Singapore.
On June 9, 2019, Billie released the following countries: Afghanistan, Belgium, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Iraq, Poland, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay. On October 29, 2019, Billie released the following countries: Czech Republic, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Pakistan, & Syria.
On December 19, 2019, Billie released the following countries: Austria, Bahamas, Costa Rica, DR Congo, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mongolia, Nepal, Ukraine, and Vietnam. On May 10, 2021, Billie released the following countries: Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Jordan, Qatar, Slovakia, and Zimbabwe.
If they lose their suit, they will go down however much cash they spent to hire the lawyers. If your character has not been wronged by anyone and taps “Lawsuit”, it will say “You can't think of anyone to sue right now”.
Sometimes if you provoke an argument with someone in a club or someone calls you or a loved one a bad name, they can assault you if you argue back at them. You could also get assaulted if you call the police or intervene on someone doing an illegal activity.
It is easier to win these lawsuits if you didn't try to provoke them, however, luck varies. Sometimes in place of “Your assailant”, it could say specifically who assaulted you, like “The troubadour” or “The YouTube Celebrity”.
Sometimes if your co-worker bothers you, or tries to hook up, and you report them to HR, they will assault or insult you. If the supervisor's name shows up in the “Lawsuit” tab, then it was sexual harassment and you can sue them.
In certain rare cases, following the September 2019 update, a supervisor may assault your character if they insult and refuse to work extended hours. They may also directly make a sexual advance and you may sue them for harassment even if you agreed to hook up with them.
If your character is considered to be too old to work, the business could lay them off or force them to retire. As it is against workers' equal rights to fire someone over their age, your character could sue them.
The spouse will be presumed dead after disappearing and the police department can get sued for failing the mission. If your spouse has been cheating on you and/or insulting you and you owe them money from the divorce, they could be sued for ruining your marriage.
If a relationship has been kidnapped, you can sue the kidnappers for high amounts of money. It is believed this was removed/due to negative reception, meaning your spouse and children will no longer care about the suit.
(Whether you won or lost was irrelevant) Most of the time, like when you hire a lawyer to defend you in court, the most expensive law firm has a higher chance of winning the lawsuit, much like the most expensive law firm can get you declared not guilty of a crime. Maybe you are even frustrated because you cannot steal the flashy cars from the friendly neighborhood dentist.
The game is not a slog that will require you to grind until you can afford in-game stuff. In Billie Simulator, you can be a prick, a living saint, or just an average Joe who just wants to go through life.
Face decisions without the pressure of real-life consequences, but rest assured that there are in-game reactions that can change the way you play! Just like in real life, you can succeed in real-life if you invest your money right.
Or maybe you will stop reaching for your dreams and start applying for a job? Because the Billie game simulates most of the intricacies of life, even your starting condition is realistic.
You can become a poor soul with no parents or a rich kid who’s born with a silver spoon in your mouth! If fate decides so, you can also be an average child whose life story is not worthy of an award.
In Billie, you can hang out with friends, pets, and family to boost your mood and relationship with them. You can also do various interactions with them to damage your relationships, so feel free to become the most hated person in town.
Just like in real life, you can utilize the law to mess up with people or to get back to those who wronged you. The AI will also file lawsuits against you if you mess up with them, so make sure that you will be a good in-game citizen unless you intend to be Citizen’s enemy number 1.
Live your life to the fullest and decide your path in Billie ! Achieve all the goals in the game like reaching your dream in real life.