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This is the Memorial to the Missing and contains over 50,000,000 pennies to represent the lives of each American child abandoned to abortion by a society and a culture that has embraced their destruction. We must prevent the need to add to this memorial. Take a stand. Get involved.

 ”How we treat the least of us defines us.”

"should I use this $500k to help struggling parents and pregnant people or should I put it in a glass box"

Prolife: puts money on display to try and bring more lives into the world, ignores the living that are actually suffering.

That’s Scrooge McDuck levels of nuts.

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Terrifying Precedent: Woman to Be Tried for Murder for Giving Birth to Stillborn When She Was 16





Mississippi has one of the worst records for maternal and infant health in the U.S., as well as some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, and among some of the most restrictive policies on abortion…

"It is tremendously, tremendously frightening, this case…There’s real fear for young women whose babies are dying early who [lack the resources to] defend themselves and their actions."

Rennie Gibbs’ daughter was stillborn with the cord wrapped around her neck, but when autopsy results turned up traces of a cocaine byproduct in her baby’s blood, Gibbs was indicted for “depraved heart murder,” with a maximum sentence of life in prison.

It should come as no surprise that Gibbs is a young, low-income black woman, a member of a demographic disproportionately targeted by the legal system in cases like this and others, and more vulnerable to stillbirths.

A committee for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists determined that “pregnant women who fear the legal system avoid or emotionally disengage from prenatal care - the very thing that might help assure they give birth to health babies. Drug enforcement policies that deter women from seeking prenatal care are contrary to the welfare of the mother and fetus.”

Until we stop pretending punishment and stigma is an effective deterrent, and work to address the underlying issues in maternal health, women will continue to be targeted for addiction, mental illness, and self-determination.

pro life policies, ladies and gentlefolk


She used cocaine while pregnant. If they can prove that the cocaine was related to the baby’s death, she should face legal consequences. Liberals don’t believe in consequences, especially not for the segments of the population they have designated as victims. Coincidentally the same segment that can be counted on to elect liberal democrats.

She used cocaine while pregnant, and her fetus died of strangulation from an unfortunate positioning in the wound. You… you don’t actually know what cocaine is or what it does, right? I mean, that’s the only possible explanation for how you could think those two facts are related.

The problem isn’t that liberals don’t believe in consequences for certain segments of society. The problem is that conservatives think that “consequences” are something that should ONLY and ALWAYS happens based on what segment of society you’re in. If this were a wealthy white woman from the right family or the right part of town, this would be declared a private tragedy and you’d be saying the vulture media and activist courts should leave the poor woman alone, hasn’t she suffered enough?

I didn’t know cocaine repositioned babies in the womb. Does it also sour milk and put the evil eye on the neighbor’s chickens?

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Central to the political agenda of Men’s Rights Activists is floating the idea that men somehow have a “right” to an abortion, or more accurately a right to interfere with a woman’s right to an abortion. MRAs argue that women’s autonomy is directly oppressive to men because men are disallowed input as to whether or not women should give birth. Thus, they argue that the state should intervene by forcing women to consult men before they can legally abort a pregnancy or that women or doctors should be held legally accountable to men after an abortion has taken place, usurping their right to self-determine.

Unfortunately, this hazardous ideology has been taken seriously and supported by a few lawmakers.

Does giving up a baby for adoption erase all the extra personal expenses shelled out over the course of a pregnancy? Does it magically restore any pay or chance at advancement that you might have lost? Does the act of adoption fully return your body to its pre-pregnancy, uninjured state, such that you don’t need time off work to recover afterward? Does it decrease the cost of taking care of pregnancy-induced diabetes or other pregnancy-related conditions that don’t heal up right away? I don’t think so.
Pregnant women who choose not to continue their pregnancy do NOT owe it to the infertile to choose adoption. They are not brood mares for those who cannot bear their own children.

-Christine Cugino

"They are not brood mares for those who cannot bear their own children."

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There are nearly 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. Nobody is entitled to someone else’s pregnancy.

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After reading an NPR segment featuring a cheery grandmother as the face of anti-abortion protestors, clinic escort Erin Matson decided to show the truth behind the innocent facade. Click through for more first-person accounts of anti-choice harassment and terrorism.

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Population Institute grades states based on women’s reproductive rights

If you could grade your state when it comes to its reproductive rights record, would it even pass?

That’s what the Population Institute set to find out. Despite the Affordable Care Act’s significant impact on women, America lags behind when it comes to ensuring women’s reproductive rights are protected. Half of all pregnancies in this country are unintended, and our teen pregnancy rate is higher than most developed countries. Family planning clinics have become the Republican Party’s new punching bag, while ludicrous laws regulating everything from water fountains to the size of janitor closets are being used to shut down clinics, under the guise of “safety.” Because nothing makes me feel more protected than knowing that brooms are stored comfortably.

Thanks to the GOP’s quest to take away women’s right to bodily autonomy, many states in America are failing when it comes to women’s health. The Population Institute, a non-profit organization that specializes in reproductive health, gave the United States a C- grade in its latest report. That means if America was a student, it would probably need to be grounded by its parents.

So how does you state fare? 

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Washington - A+!!!

F of Mo. saw that coming.

D for NH. Not that surprised.


Strangest jobs plan ever?

“It very much promotes job creation for all the care and services and so on that need to be provided by a lot of people to raise children.”

It’s so cute how Goodlatte thinks that the people who need abortions are the same people who can afford daycare.

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Another day, another Republican, another ignorant comment about rape …

Really makes you wonder what these men’s motivations are for fighting to decriminalize rape.

Ah, this is the same wonderful fellow who compared Roe v. Wade to Auschwitz. How charming.

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I hope our politicians are made aware of how many girls are self-aborting in the Rio Grande Valley. This law is backfiring.

Lester Minto - Reproductive Services of Harlingen. 

This article on Al Jazeera America highlights well the problems with restricting women to adequate abortion privileges. Though politicians claim that it is making things “safer” for women, it actually hurts them. 

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adoption should be the ONLY allowed alternative for unwanted pregnancy/parenthood. your undesired to raise a child YOU created does not give you the right to kill them at your will. 

If its in my body, that does give me the right bye.

It’s not a child until it has a brain, also I am not required to donate a kidney to a family member who would die without one, I have the right to keep my kidney and allow that person to die, similarly I can have a fetus removed from my body and allow it to die

I’d hate to put any child of mine into a system that is essentially a lottery, where if they win they get to join a loving family, and if they lose they are abandoned, abused, or simply fall victim to the dozens of tiny issues that come with adoption like wondering why their parents gave them up or not having a fully informed medical history. And this is coming from a middle-class white person: things get even more complicated when you factor in race, disability, and class, among other things.

And adoption still doesn’t deal with: babies that are the product of rape, stillborn babies, babies with deadly and incurable medical conditions such as anencephaly…

Basically what I’m saying is, adoption is not a magical solution for unwanted pregnancy, and if you think it is, you don’t know shit about adoption or unwanted pregnancy.


Israel to fund all abortions for women 20-33 starting next year:

Another 6,300 women are expected to have a state-funded abortion next year, at a cost of about $4.6 million.

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Scarlet Letters: Getting the History of Abortion and Contraception Right

Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.

Reminder that records of contraception and abortion exist all the way back to 1550 BCE in ancient Egypt!

This was a really fascinating read. Until the early 19th century, abortion was legal until “quickening,” or when the pregnant person first felt the baby kick - anywhere from 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy. Society only began to condemn it when people decided white, middle- to upperclass women weren’t having enough children soon enough in their lives, and when male doctors started taking over traditionally female health care fields, like midwifery.

Yep, shockingly enough, it’s never, ever been about the life of the fetus - only about misogyny, racism, and classism (ableism, too, though the article doesn’t discuss it).

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A lesson in geography and anger. 

From this tweet

Such an excellent visual for this.

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Requiring Michigan women to plan ahead for an unplanned pregnancy is not only illogical, it’s one of the most misogynistic proposals I have ever seen in the Michigan Legislature.

Michigan Democratic Leader, Gretchen Whitmer. The board of medicine just approved a Right to Life of Michigan petition banning abortion insurance coverage. If approved by the Republican majority legislature (and not allowed to go to the voters), it would require patients to purchase an additional rider to cover abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.

Nearly half of the pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and about 40% of those are terminated. The cost of a first trimester abortion ranges anywhere from $300 to $950. Nearly 60% of women who experience a delay in accessing safe, legal abortion have cited the time it took to raise the money and make arrangements. Those delays increase the cost of abortion, as well as the risk of complications.

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