As anti-abortion sentiment grows more extreme, it’s inevitable that it will start to interfere with the ability of women to get medical care even when they’re losing wanted pregnancies. In El Salvador, the eagerness to arrest women caught illegally aborting has led to the government charging women who have miscarried wanted pregnancies with murder. In Ireland, Savita Halappanavar lost her life when doctors refused to clear out a miscarrying pregnancy, even though it was clearly turning septic. These doctors decided, under Ireland’s strict abortion ban, that giving Halappanavar’s fetus an opportunity to experience a few days more of a heartbeat was more important than saving Halappanavar’s life.
This is so horrific and disgusting. Absolutely breaking me.
Great my country once again pops up because of the disgusting way in which we treated a woman. And then we still have Youth Defence over here handing out leaflets with aborted fetuses on them as a part of their campaign. America I know you have it shit over there with the way things are going in some states but at least you don’t have to leave the country to get an abortion
Well.. actually, for some of us..
one to two thirds of people who don’t use birth control or contraceptive methods but need them state the reason being as there being little perceived risk for pregnancy.
Meaning that if we had better birth control and actually taught people their risk for pregnancy, so many people would start using it!
The other one to two thirds of responses included fear of side effects, opposition from partners, lack of knowledge of bc, low quality health care services, and difficult access to bc.
When we start admiring athletes for their bodies and not for their accomplishments, we create an environment where appearance and sexual appeal become more important than a person’s actions. Where what with do with our bodies doesn’t matter, only what they look like. Where photoshopped images are deemed inspirational, even if they represent body shapes that are literally impossible for the average person to attain. Where people genuinely believe that an aesthetic obsession is healthy and respectful simply because the object of our attention is wearing athletic gear.
The photos on the left are all photoshopped images that I have seen posted in the #fitness #fitspo and #fitblr tags. The photos on the right are the original images, unedited.
If you actually find these people to be motivational and inspiring, why do their bodies have to be photoshopped in order to be good enough?
They look better without it
Bootyoftheday is the blog that photoshopped all those female athlete pics. Most of them look obviously shopped.
Oldie but a good: Excerpt from a September/October interview with “After Tiller” filmmakers Lana Wilson and Martha Shane. Read the full interview at Ms. magazine.
What was your image of late abortion before you started filming?
Shane: I didn’t have a whole lot of knowledge about late abortion. I had no idea why a women would have a third-trimester abortion. I didn’t realize, for example, that a lot of women who are seeking them have [a fetus with] abnormalities. I would have assumed that if your baby was going to be born without a brain, or without the ability to have any real quality of life, that it would be legal throughout the country to have an abortion under those circumstances. I was surprised to find out that it wasn’t the case, and that that was a reason why women were coming to these doctors. Also, a lot of the women we saw who came into the clinics had been trying to [get an abortion] for a long time, but they had to get their money together, and then the price of the abortion goes up, and then they have to travel. They get just stuck in this sort of cycle. I was really shocked and disturbed by seeing how difficult it is in this country for women to get abortions.
Read more here.
Congressman trying to catch Hill off guard is immediately and politely reminded of her badassery.
Most expectant mothers who underwent noninvasive prenatal testing for chromosomal abnormalities opted for abortions after getting a positive diagnosis, according to a group of medical practitioners citing a recent six-month study.
The NIPT Consortium, which organizes experts from about 30 medical institutions, on Nov. 22 released a summary of the results of tests carried out between April and September, in which more than 90 percent of women whose fetuses were found to have genetic abnormalities chose to have abortions. more…
Prolifers, hey, I’m looking for a place to live, so it’s cool if I come into your house - Hey, the key was easy enough to find! Or was the door unlocked? Oh, wait, was that window always broken? - and squat for a few months, right?
Like, you can’t evict me. That’s like, you know, residential abortion. I could die on those streets! I should totally be allowed to invade your home and chill out and eat your groceries and run up your energy bill. Yeah? Cool. Glad we agree.
So, can I have your address?
PS: Just because you didn’t invite me doesn’t mean I can’t stay. I mean, I’m just an unplanned guest, right?
Ugh I love this so much I can’t even
Watch us bravely shatter stereotypes by running a photo of this full-figured woman. We are a courageous media company and should really be applauded for what we are doing here, because it is groundbreaking.
Okay, this is a fantastic satire and painfully true
Black Author wins The Matrix Copyright Infringement Case
This little known story has met a just conclusion, as Sophia Stewart, African American author of The Matrix will finally receive her just due from the copyright infringement of her original work!!!
A six-year dispute has ended involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. Stewart’s allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge Margaret Morrow presiding.
Stewart, a New Yorker who has resided in Salt Lake City for the past five years, will recover damages from the films, The Matrix I, II and III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. She will soon receive one of the biggest payoffs in the history of Hollywood , as the gross receipts of both films and their sequels total over 2.5 billion dollars.
Stewart filed her case in 1999, after viewing the Matrix, which she felt had been based on her manuscript, ‘The Third Eye,’ copyrighted in 1981. In the mid-eighties Stewart had submitted her manuscript to an ad placed by the Wachowski Brothers, requesting new sci-fi works..
According to court documentation, a FBI investigation discovered that more than thirty minutes had been edited from the original film, in an attempt to avoid penalties for copyright infringement. The investigation also stated that ‘credible witnesses employed at Warner Brothers came forward, claiming that the executives and lawyers had full knowledge that the work in question did not belong to the Wachowski Brothers.’ These witnesses claimed to have seen Stewart’s original work and that it had been ‘often used during preparation of the motion pictures.’ The defendants tried, on several occasions, to have Stewart’s case dismissed, without success.
Stewart has confronted skepticism on all sides, much of which comes from Matrix fans, who are strangely loyal to the Wachowski Brothers. One on-line forum, entitled Matrix Explained has an entire section devoted to Stewart. Some who have researched her history and writings are open to her story.
Others are suspicious and mocking. ‘It doesn’t bother me,’ said Stewart in a phone interview last week, ‘I always knew what was true.’
Some fans, are unaware of the case or they question its legitimacy, due to the fact that it has received little to no media coverage. Though the case was not made public until October of 2003, Stewart has her own explanation, as quoted at aghettotymz.com:
‘The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because Warner Brothers parent company is AOL-Time Warner…. this GIANT owns 95 percent of the media… let me give you a clue as to what they own in the media business… New York Times papers/magazines, LA Times papers/magazines, People Magazine, CNN news, Extra, Celebrity Justice, Entertainment Tonight, HBO, New Line Cinema, DreamWorks, Newsweek, Village Roadshow and many, many more! They are not going to report on themselves. They have been suppressing my case for years.’
Fans who have taken Stewart’s allegations seriously, have found eerie mythological parallels, which seem significant in a case that revolves around the highly metaphorical and symbolic Matrix series. Sophia, the Greek goddess of wisdom has been referenced many times in speculation about Stewart. In one book about the Goddess Sophia, it reads, ‘The black goddess is the mistress of web creation spun in her divine matrix.’
Although there have been outside implications as to racial injustice (Stewart is African American), she does not feel that this is the case. ‘This is all about the Benjamins,’ said Stewart. ‘It’s not about money with me. It’s about justice.’
Stewart’s future plans involve a record label, entitled Popsilk Records, and a motion picture production company, All Eyez On Me, in reference to God. ‘I wrote The Third Eye to wake people up, to remind them why God put them here. There’s more to life than money,’ said Stewart. ‘My whole to the world is about God and good and about choice, about spirituality over ‘technocracy’.’
If Stewart represents spirituality, then she truly has prevailed over the ‘technocracy’ represented in both the Terminator and the Matrix, and now, ironically, by their supposed creators.
Stewart is having discussions with CBS about a possible exclusive story and has several media engagements in the near future to nationally publicize her victory. June 13th 2004. Sophia Stewart’s press release read: ‘The Matrix & Terminator movie franchises have made world history and have ultimately changed the way people view movies and how Hollywood does business, yet the real truth about the creator and creation of these films continue to elude the masses because the hidden secret of the matter is that these films were created and written by a Black woman…a Black woman named Sophia Stewart. But Hollywood does not want you to know this fact simply because it would change history. Also it would encourage our Black children to realize a dream and that is…nothing is impossible for them to achieve!’
Greg Thomas, Editor
Courtesy of CNN IReport ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-358749
this is so fucking awesome
I had no Idea
We are taught to walk scared late at night. We cradle our keys between our perfectly manicured fingers, walking gracefully like a baby antelope in a herd of lions. That our virginity defines our character. That I am a frigid bitch if I do not fuck him, and a dirty slut if I do.