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21 million children miss the first dose of measles vaccine every yearBSIP/UIG via Getty ImagesBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationThe UK should consider introducing compulsory measles vaccinations before children start school, according to a team of researchers in Italy. Their analysis of international measles data suggests that current vaccination policies are not enough to keep the virus under control. The team looked at vaccination trends in multiple countries, including the UK, US, Australia, and Ireland.

Activists protest outside of the US Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington in JanuaryJose Luis Magana/AP/REX/ShutterstockBy Chelsea WhyteThe most restrictive abortion bill in any US state has just been signed into state law, outlawing abortions in Alabama at any stage of pregnancy. The law will take effect in six months, and includes criminal penalties for doctors who perform or attempt to perform abortions, with a sentence of up to 99 years in prison.