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Someone posted this 

And knowing me I cannot shut up if someone’s rights are being stepped on. If you are prolife that’s fine. Its your choice not to have an abortion. But things like that photo and comments like this “ Because people don’t want to have an abortion and think that they’re actually killing a person. It keeps it off the conscience that way.”  upset me. 

I replied saying, “A single cell bacteria is self contained it doesn’t need an inhibitor to live on, however an egg does. I find it strange that people don’t care at all about other small celled organisms, or even eggs or sperm as separate being but get those two together and you better risk your live over it”

Funny how all the people who liked/commented/posted that status so far are male. Funny that we kill tons of single living cells all the time but no one gives a crap about them.

If you want to debate that sperm + egg > a single cell do so. But don’t use shit like  see that is life too so you can’t get abortion even if having the kid would kill you. Also don’t be so closed minded to think there is never 100% never a good reason to get an abortion.

Give me science not propaganda 

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This is made of so much win

This is made of so much win

​Way to go, Arizona legislators, you officially pissed off the Internet.

File Under: Way To Stay Classy AZ 

Summary: 

 pretty fitting response to the language of the bill, which, according to a Senate fact sheet, “Prohibits using any electronic or digital device, instead of a telephone, with the intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend a person.” 

One of the most popular Twitter accounts associated with the Anonymous community, “YourAnonNews,” got wind of Arizona’s House Bill 2549, which was labeled by one critic as a “bill to censor electronic speech.” The response from Anon is to fax a “butthurt report form” to Governor Jan Brewer and state legislators.

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4 Things The Hunger Games Can Teach Us About the War on Women →

seriouslyamerica:

SPOILER ALERT for The Hunger Games and sequels.

By Jaclyn Friedman for Good Magazine; full text at the link.

The rules are set up to ensure we fail.

Don’t want to have sex with Rush Limbaugh? You’re a humorless feminazi. Want to use contraception while having sex? You’re a filthy slut. Have sex without contraception and find yourself pregnant? You’re an idiot. Need an abortion? You’re a murderer. (If someone raped you causing you to need that abortion, you’re a liar, too.) Decide to keep the baby and raise it yourself? You’re a child abuser. The conservatives waging this war against your body are doing it on purpose. If we accept their terms, we will always lose in the end.

Katniss doesn’t start out a revolutionary, just a girl who loves her family and her friends and is determined to help them all survive. For fully half the series, she mostly accepts the Capitol’s rules and plays to win, believing she has no other choice. She’s good at it a lot of the time. She manages to keep herself and her friend Peeta alive until the end so they can survive together. She plays the silly, harmless lovesick girl so well on their Victory Tour that she even begins to convince herself. But every time she starts to succeed at their game they change the rules on her. It’s when she realizes that her very presence is a violation of the rules that she’s truly able to claim control over her fierce heart, strong body, and determination to live a life with freedom and dignity, and  becomes a real threat to the Capitol.

When the government tries to control women’s sexuality, men get hurt too.

Not only do Katniss’ male friends Peeta and Gale suffer the side effects of the self-alienation born of her oppression, the emotional wounds they inflict on each other while trying to navigate a fundamentally unjust system teaches them exactly the lesson Snow wants them to learn: to distrust each other. (Poor, long-suffering Peeta gets this memo in the most brutal fashion.) Though they’re sometimes framed that way, neither the story nor the current culture battle are really  a war between the sexes: when women can’t acquire contraception and our sexuality is policed, men lose out too. When we forget that, we’re distracted from the reality of what we’re really up against.

Like The Hunger Games, this is actually war between the haves and have nots, with women’s bodies as a battlefield. The war on women is funded by a handful of exceedingly wealthy white men whose daughters and wives will never have to worry about having the resources to access comprehensive health care. This war is disproportionally a war on poor women and women of color (let’s not let the whitewashed Hollywood casting distract us from how powerfully Katniss embodies both of those realities in the books)—and the people who love them. Which should be all of us.

Forcing a sexual agenda on girls is damaging and dangerous.

With all the “Team Peeta” vs. “Team Gale” squealing, it’s easy to forget that when the story begins, Katniss doesn’t seem to be sexually interested in anyone. It’s only when a romance with Peeta is forced on her that she becomes confused about her relationship with Gale. 

One of the remarkable things about Katniss is her unshakable sense of self. The more other people focus on her love life, the more resistant she becomes to having one. Many girls face worse fates. When we communicate to girls that the most important thing about them is what they do or don’t do with their sexuality—especially before they’ve had a chance to define that sexuality for themselves—we put them at greater risk for depression and eating disorders, and make them more vulnerable to manipulation.

Even well-intentioned paternalism can hurt us.

When Peeta declares his feelings for Katniss in front of the entire nation, he’s ostensibly doing it to “save” her—to make her more sympathetic to the crowd so more people will want to help her. And he does it without consulting her, believing he knows better than she does what’s good for her. It works in the short term, but things go awry pretty quickly.

So beware so-called allies who tell us we’re overreacting, or that the battle for our bodies shouldn’t be a priority. And remember that President Obama telling us that teen girls can’t be trusted to use Plan B appropriately is no different from Republican legislators claiming they know what information a woman needs before she decides to terminate a pregnancy. Whatever their intentions, they’re all contributing to a world in which our bodies aren’t ours.

Ultimately, the sexual message of The Hunger Games is that Katniss can’t fully inhabit her own sexual and romantic desires until she’s free of others’ agendas for her body. The same is true for all of us.. We’ve got a long fight ahead of us, but we can prevail by focusing not only on who we’re fighting, but on why we fight. May the odds be ever in our favor.

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FBI, Justice Department to Investigate Killing of Trayvon Martin by Neighborhood Watchman →

The FBI, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida will investigate the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old Florida high school student, who was shot by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman.

“The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation,” a statement released by the Justice Department this evening said. “The department also is providing assistance to and cooperating with the state officials in their investigation into the incident.”

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Friend —

I’m officially back on the campaign trail. And it feels great to be out there.

Because really, what being on the campaign trail means to me is simple: talking to you.

What supporters across the country are thinking about right now is what’s going to be on our minds every day between now and Election Day. And for four years after that.

So I’d like to ask you one question right now: Of all the issues important to you, what’s the bottom-line reason you’re with us in this fight?

You can answer that question here.

We’ve all got a dog in this fight.

For some folks, it’s making sure we’re continuing to create millions of good jobs here at home, and building an economy that’s made to last — not for the next election cycle or the next couple years, but for the long run. Or the idea that we ought to be protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare for future generations of Americans.

We want to take each of those reasons, and drill them into this thing we’re building together.

And right now, I’m asking for your help. Let us know what’s on your mind, and help shape the conversation in the months to come:

http://my.barackobama.com/Your-Bottom-Line-Issue

I’ll see you out there.

- Joe

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What’s Behind the Conservative Attack on Women? : The New Yorker →

ragingbeard:

The real attraction of the birth-control issue was that it could be used to bash Obamacare. It’s not proving to be a very effective weapon, however. When birth control is uncoupled from the religious-freedom argument—and when conservatives start talking in ugly ad-hominem language, like Limbaugh’s, or clueless anachronistic language, like Santorum’s—women, in particular, do not respond well. Just after Limbaugh lashed out at Fluke, a Georgetown professor attended a reunion at a Catholic school in Queens. An elderly nun asked her, “Do you know that girl?” She added, “That awful man should be fired for what he said. How’s she holding up?”

Even the nuns are on our side now. lol

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Pill Baby Pill: Law Will Allow Employers to Fire Women for Using Whore Pills (Click For Full Article) →

A proposed new law in Arizona would give employers the power to request that women being prescribed birth control pills provide proof that they’re using it for non-sexual reasons.

Source : jezebel.com

Dear New Hanover County Commissioners Davis, Barfield, Thompson, Berger, and Catlin:

As a female citizen of North Carolina, I am appalled to learn that you turned down a grant for family planning services in your county. This debate about birth control is getting outright silly, especially because I have yet to see a woman weigh in on the issue who is not shut down or shamed and called a “slut” or “irresponsible” for demanding that her private insurance cover a necessary medication like it covers other necessary medications. And now to see your county turn down a grant that could help thousands of women afford the care they need!

Commissioners, 99% of women will use birth control in their lives (http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_contr_use.html) regardless of their religious or political affiliation. Many of these women are not using birth control to prevent pregnancy but because a doctor has prescribed this MEDICATION to them. Hormonal birth control is used for many other reasons other than to prevent pregnancy (http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/med-uses-ocp.html). Most of the women I know take birth control to keep them from being in intense pain every month because of cysts or varying hormone levels. When these women can’t afford their birth control, it is simply going to cost them and tax payers more money down the line when they are trying to become pregnant but cannot because of scaring or infertility caused by the cysts or other problems that were easily treatable by birth control.

Moreover, even if a woman is taking birth control to prevent pregnancy, it is none of your business. The government does not get to decide when a woman has sex or who she has sex with or how many times she has sex. The government does not get to decide these things for men either, but men’s reproductive health is not what is in question right now. By choosing to take birth control and prevent pregnancy, a woman is not being “irresponsible.” In fact, by choosing when she is ready to have a family, a woman is being the epitome of responsible. She is being responsible for her health, responsible with her boyfriend or husband, and responsible to any children she might want to have in the future. She is preventing a pregnancy which she most likely would not want, thus preventing either having an abortion or bringing an unwanted child into this world. A child, which if she cannot afford birth control or an abortion, she cannot afford to raise. A child which will most likely be on food stamps and welfare, costing taxpayers even more money in the long run. By spending $1 on these preventive services, you are saving taxpayers $4 (http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2009/02/23/index.html).

The only people who have any business deciding what goes on in a woman’s body is that woman, her doctor, and possibly her significant other. The government has no say in the matter because the government cannot know every woman’s situation in detail. YOU gentlemen cannot know every woman in your county’s reasons for seeking birth control and you should not judge her for doing so and call her “irresponsible” or a “slut” or bad in any way. Choosing to have sex does not make someone a bad person and choosing to protect your health definitely doesn’t make you a bad person. Everyone is different and everyone needs something different for their bodies. Whether a woman is taking birth control because she medically requires it (ovarian cysts, heavy bleeding, hormones, etc.) or simply because she is not ready to be pregnant (whether married or not) is not the government’s concern. Again, what that woman does with her body is her own business.

People do not get to decide where their tax dollars go. Everyone disagrees with something the government does, but that doesn’t mean we can suddenly stop paying for those things. Some people do not agree with war, yet their tax dollars go toward the military. Some people feel that entitlement programs are bad, yet their tax dollars go toward Medicare and food stamps. Some people would like to see public institutions privatized, but that does not mean when they pay taxes that their tax dollars do not go towards providing police, fire, and EMS protection.

Finally, I would like to address the probable religious reasons for your refusal to allow a grant to help women in your county. If you believe that sex before marriage is a sin and that sex without the intent to procreate is a sin, that is your belief. You are entitled to have that belief and shout it from the rooftop. What you are not entitled to do is to force that religious belief onto another human being who may not believe the same things as you. That is what is protected under the First Amendment. You are more than welcome to believe that women who take birth control are “irresponsible” but you cannot force that belief onto the women in your county. As the saying goes, religion is like a penis. It’s fine to have one, it’s fine to be proud of it, but it’s not Ok to force it onto other people. 77% of people, according to NPR, support covering birth control (http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/06/10/137060491/americans-to-health-plans-pay-for-the-pill). I have seen that number drop to 63% in other sources (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/us/politics/americans-divided-on-birth-control-coverage-poll-finds.html), but still 60% of men support women taking birth control (http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2010/10/12/birth-control). 83% of Americans are Christian, so I would assume there is some overlap there.

I would advise you gentlemen to do some research in the future about the costs and uses of birth control as well as how birth control basically works. Please remember that women are 51% of the population and 99% of them will use birth control and other preventive measures in their lives.

Sincerely,


[me]
A concerned North Carolina Resident

Another email, this time to New Hanover County Commissioners.

If you’re interested, their emails are:

tdavis@nhcgov.com, jbarfield@nhcgov.com, jthompson@nhcgov.com, bberger@nhcgov.com, rcatlin@nhcgov.com

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