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Rape-related pregnancy: estimates and descriptive characteristics from a national sample of women.

Rape-related pregnancy: estimates and descriptive characteristics from a national sample of women. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Holmes MM, Resnick HS, Kilpatrick DG, Best CL,
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynocology 1996
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health


The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45); among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year. Among 34 cases of rape-related pregnancy, the majority occurred among adolescents and resulted from assault by a known, often related perpetrator. Only 11.7% of these victims received immediate medical attention after the assault, and 47.1% received no medical attention related to the rape. A total 32.4% of these victims did not discover they were pregnant until they had already entered the second trimester; 32.2% opted to keep the infant whereas 50% underwent abortion and 5.9% placed the infant for adoption; an additional 11.8% had spontaneous abortion.


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[Everywhere I look I find the same number: 5%. The smarty pants "she really wanted it" crowd may not agree with the legal totals, but what ever they recognize as the true, blessed, and deemed holy number of rapes, one out of every twenty will end up in a pregnancy. Grow up, boys. You sound like fools devising dunk tests for witches. -jkl]

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Appeals court rules Texas can cut off Planned Parenthood funding

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S.appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Texas can deny funding to Planned Parenthood under a state women's health program because the network of clinics provides abortions.

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Rep. Akin merely said what they all believe.

Rep. Akin merely said what they all believe. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

While Rep. Akin may have let the cat out of the bag in a way and in a place that no one can misunderstand, let there be no mistake: he fairly represents today's Republican Party.  Just today personhood was granted to fertilized eggs in the Republican platform. Vice Presidental candidate Ryan has co-sponsored bills to that effect with Mr. Akin. Abortion is taboo for these men: even when a woman or child is brutally attacked by a monster power predator. Even when not to do so is committing suicide. Even when it is a child who is carrying a child.


The examples since 2010 are too numberous to recount. In the states and in Congress, too many want to take back the enlightenment with anti science beliefs that are stunning. FACT: pregnancy will occur from 5% of all events of unprotected sex whether consentual or not. Ask a couple trying to get pregnant what "rare" really means.


WOMEN WILL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER. But first, women must know. Find out what your candidate thinks about the importance of your quality of life. Share what you know here and everywhere you can. These throw-backs to the Inquisition must be stopped. - jkl


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Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine... an open letter from Eve Ensler

Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine...  an open letter from Eve Ensler | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

"You used the expression "legitimate" rape as if to imply there were such a thing as "illegitimate" rape. Let me try to explain to you what that does to the minds, hearts and souls of the millions of women on this planet who experience rape. It is a form of re-rape. The underlying assumption of your statement is that women and their experiences are not to be trusted. That their understanding of rape must be qualified by some higher, wiser authority. It delegitimizes and undermines and belittles the horror, invasion, desecration they experienced. It makes them feel as alone and powerless as they did at the moment of rape. 


"Here's what I want you to do. I want you to close your eyes and imagine that you are on your bed or up against a wall or locked in a small suffocating space. Imagine being tied up there and imagine some aggressive, indifferent, insane stranger friend or relative ripping off your clothes and entering your body -- the most personal, sacred, private part of your body -- and violently, hatefully forcing themself into you so that you are ripped apart.


"I am asking you and the GOP to get out of my body, out of my vagina, my womb, to get out of all of our bodies. These are not your decisions to make. These are not your words to define. Why don't you spend your time ending rape rather than redefining it? Spend your energy going after those perpetrators who so easily destroy women rather than parsing out manipulative language that minimizes their destruction."   --Eve Ensler


[Excerpt from Eve Ensler's open letter to Mr. Akin, GOP candidate for Senate in Missouri.  To read the entire letter, click on the title.]

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moose's comment, August 21, 2012 5:46 PM
would somebody, anybody, everybody, please, please, PLEASE remember that women are not the only people who are raped, sexually assaulted, abused, and betrayed? must everything be male versus female? do you know how hard, how emasculating, how soul-deadening it is to be a male who was raped or sexually assaulted? do you know how hard you make it for men and boys to get help when you constantly act and talk like it only happens to women? STOP IT! Think! the pain to your fellow beings alone should move you to care, but if that doesn't, think about this -- do you REALLY want more angry, sexually wounded, hopeless, desperate males walking around, passing on the pain? Chains of violence must be broken. common cause with other harmed folks could be made. HELP!
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Rep. Todd Akin Must Resign

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Victims of "legitimate rape" can't get pregnant because a woman's body will shut down and prevent the pregnancy. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) actually said that--in other words, he's saying that if a woman does get pregnant, she must not have been raped. Even scarier? He's running--and leading--in the race for Missouri Senate.


What he said was bad, but it was hardly a gaffe or poor choice of words. In 2011 he and Representative Paul Ryan led the push in the House of Representatives to redefine rape as "forcible rape" to further restrict rape survivors' access to abortions. As a state senator, Akin questioned whether anti-marital rape laws would be abused by women in messy divorces 

Anyone who doesn't understand basic biology and tries to create more hurdles for rape survivors seeking justice doesn't belong in the United States Congress. Sign the petition calling Rep. Akin to resign right away. 


Our message to Rep. Todd Akin and National Republican Party Leaders


Rep. Todd Akin, your comments about survivors of rape are shocking and offensive. Anyone who doesn't understand basic biology and wants to create more barriers for rape survivors seeking justice does not belong in the United States Congress. You must resign right away. 

 down and block the pregnancy. Not only is it ignorant, it’s offensive.


Sign the petition here.


[Another opportunity to let those who would return to the good old days of the INQUISITION that WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THAT GOODNIGHT. - jkl]

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Tell Boehner: Remove Akin from Science Committee

Tell Boehner: Remove Akin from Science Committee | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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[A guy who does not get science any better than Mr. she-won't-get-pregnant-if-she-was-REALLY-raped does NOT belong on the House Science Committee. - jkl]


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Republican Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don’t Get Pregnant

Republican Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don’t Get Pregnant | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO, TPM


Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of "legitimate rape" have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.


"First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare," Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."


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Midwives Say Limiting Their Freedom to Practice Hurts Mothers, Children, Low-Income Families

Midwives Say Limiting Their Freedom to Practice Hurts Mothers, Children, Low-Income Families | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
At the turn of the 20th century, more than 95 percent of newborns entered the world at home, with the aid of midwives.

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Christina Lander's comment, February 22, 2013 8:12 AM
I found it very interesting that during the 20th century 95% of babies were born in the home using a midwife. However, today in age it's less than 1%. They say that midwifery fell down so much is because its not classified as an actual profession. Approximately 85% of women start labour with no complications therefor, the need for all the medicines and equipment is unnecessary. Ad even though midwifery isn't a profession, they are classified as Certified Nurse Midwives or Certified professional midwives.
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Be the Media w/ Coffee Party USA

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CLICK HERE and get connected to a network of half a million people that reaches 2 million people every week. 


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Pictures and Galleries

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ALTERNET - REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


Jacqueline Nantier, (L) wears a red, white and blue burka, as fellow attendee Laura Kacere voices her mild objections to its use as a protest symbol, at the We Are Woman rally for women's rights on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, August 18, 2012. Speakers at the event took on conservative politicians and what they see as anti-woman legislation, while asking their supporters to "remember in November" which side of politics they are on, and to vote in light of those policy differences at election time. 

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Voter ID and Anonymous Corporate Donors: Voter Disenfranchisement in 2012

Voter ID and Anonymous Corporate Donors: Voter Disenfranchisement in 2012 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SHERILYNN IFILL,

The Root


By now it's well-known that Republican-dominated efforts to impose and enforce voter-ID requirements may constitute the most pernicious and effective means of suppressing the votes of the poor, racial minorities, rural voters and the elderly since the poll tax and the literacy test.


Attorney General Eric Holder has demonstrated fierce and unwavering commitment to fighting the imposition of these requirements in states covered by the Voting Rights Act -- a decision that may well underpin the recent contempt-vote absurdity led by a right wing that has been desperate to undermine the attorney general's resolve on the voter-ID issue. Civil rights and activists groups have also marshaled their resources to educate voters in states where ID laws are in force and to challenge efforts to intimidate voters under the guise of enforcing ID laws.  


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Pregnant teen dies after abortion ban delays her chemo treatment for leukemia - CNN.com

Pregnant teen dies after abortion ban delays her chemo treatment for leukemia - CNN.com | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

From Rafael Romo, Senior Latin American Affairs Editor, CNN


(CNN) -- The mother of a pregnant leukemia patient who died after her chemotherapy was delayed over anti- abortion laws is accusing doctors of not putting her daughter's health first.


The 16-year-old's plight attracted worldwide attention after she had to wait for chemotherapy because of an abortion ban in the Dominican Republic.


Doctors were hesitant to give her chemotherapy because such treatment could terminate the pregnancy -- a violation of the Dominican Constitution, which bans abortion. Some 20 days after she was admitted to the hospital, she finally started receiving treatment.


She died Friday, a hospital official said.


At the time the treatment started, Rosa Hernandez, the girl's mother, said she tried to convince doctors and the Dominican government to make an exception so that her daughter's life could be saved.


"My daughter's life is first. I know that (abortion) is a sin and that it goes against the law ... but my daughter's health is first," Hernandez said.


The teen died from complications of the disease, said Dr. Antonio Cabrera, the legal representative for the hospital.


"They have killed me, I'm dead, dead. I'm nothing," her mother said. " She was the reason for my existence. I no longer live. Rosa has died. Let the world know that Rosa is dead."


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The Coffee Party is crowd-funded and we're proud of it!  By having thousands of small donors (avg. $28) instead of a handful of SuperPAC sized donors, we are free to follow the truth wherever it leads us. The Coffee Party brings you media content of, by, and for the People.


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Wham, Bam, Sonogram! Meet the Ladies Setting the New Pro-Life Agenda

Wham, Bam, Sonogram! Meet the Ladies Setting the New Pro-Life Agenda | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
From transvaginal ultrasounds to attacks on Planned Parenthood, Americans United for Life is targeting reproductive rights one state at a time.
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Rep. Steve King: I’ve Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Statutory Rape Or Incest

Rep. Steve King: I’ve Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Statutory Rape Or Incest | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO, TPM


Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. King also signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.


King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.


"Well I just haven't heard of that being a circumstance that's been brought to me in any personal way," King told KMEG-TV Monday, "and I'd be open to discussion about that subject matter."


A Democratic source flagged King's praise of Akin in the KMEG interview to TPM. But potentially more controversial for King is his suggestion that pregnancies from statutory rape or incest don't exist or happen rarely. A 1996 review by the Guttmacher Institute found "at least half of all babies born to minor women are fathered by adult men."


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Contribute Now to Mazie Hirono's 'Pineapple Bomb'

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ActBlue


[Some people think we need more Republicans in Congress; some think more Democrats; some think more Greens, etc. I THINK WE NEED MORE WOMEN. -jkl]

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Speak out against Todd Akin!

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EMILY'S LIST


Tell Todd Akin his anti-choice and anti-women views are dangerous and unwanted in the Senate. Now more than ever we need to fight to send Claire back to Congress so she can stand up for women and families.


Sign the petition here!

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Tell Rep. Todd Akin: Stop lying about rape

Tell Rep. Todd Akin: Stop lying about rape | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

CREDO

The petition reads:

"Your statement that survivors of 'legitimate rape' have biological defenses against pregnancy is not only an outrageous falsehood, but it's offensive to women. Stop lying about rape, and apologize to women."

Sign the Petition HERE.

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Open mouth, insert foot: 'Legitimate rape' victims rarely get pregnant because ‘the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,’ says Missouri Republican Todd Akin

Open mouth, insert foot: 'Legitimate rape' victims rarely get pregnant because ‘the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,’ says Missouri Republican Todd Akin | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ANTHONY BARTKEWICZ/ New York Daily News

Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) has sparked a firestorm by claiming that "legitimate rape" doesn't lead to pregnancy, because women's bodies can halt the biological process.

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The Bottom Line: What Grade Would You Give American Media and Its Impact On Our Politics?

The Bottom Line: What Grade Would You Give American Media and Its Impact On Our Politics? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JESSICA ENGLISH

 

Today:  What role does the media play in our elections and politics?  Does American media make the grade?

We are picking up where Egberto's show left off:  It's a call in show, so don't be shy, let us hear your voice!  Does our political news educate our views and does it have an impact on the shaping of our government's policies?

 

Can the growing emergence of "i reporting" address the issues that arise when 80% of our media is owned by a mere 6 corporations? We're delving into the idea of citizen journalism. Do you get your news from the blogs, vlogs, and satarists? Is it credible? 


Coffee Party's newest initiative - the Be the Media campaign aims to get citizens involved in creating our news, not just consume it.  Dedicated to civility, honesty, and respectfulness, we are working together to "reclaim our government for the people" by inserting the people and changing our national narrative.  We are doing it by putting together a solid team and creating a wide reaching, diverse network of active citizens to bring us news that is civil, honest and educational.  Do you have comments, questions, ideas, or suggestions?  Give us a call!

 

If you are a news junkie, blogger or journalist, I hope you'll call in! I'd also love to hear from those of you who don't buy any of it!  We welcome your views!

 

The Bottom Line with Jessica English

LISTEN LIVE Sunday August 12th
4 pm Central Time (3 pm MT, 2 pm PT)

or CALL IN to join the conversation
(646) 929-2495

 

Also up for discussion:

  • Coffee Party's Be the Media campaign - we're putting out the call to Coffee Party volunteers.
  • We're still taking nominations for political ads that make us cringe, and
  • Most important: SAY YOUR PIECE! What's on your mind, America!


Please call 646-929-2495 and join us for The Bottom Line at 5 pm ET (4 pm CT, 2 pm PT)

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Gender and the Changing Workplace (UPDATE) » Sociological Images

Gender and the Changing Workplace (UPDATE) » Sociological Images | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Last week, Stephen Colbert discussed gender and work with guest Liza Mundy. The clip quickly hits on several trends and patterns that sociologists highlight when studying gender in the workplace: the pay gap, women disproportionately working in the helping professions, the impacts of large economic shifts that have reduced the prominence of manufacturing, and the tendency of men to flee particular jobs once large numbers of women begin to do them. It’s a brief overview of many of the major dynamics influencing the experiences of men and women in the workplace today.


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Stop Blocking VAWA

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by TERRY O'NEIL, NOW President


House and Senate GOP leadership have made their position on VAWA strikingly clear: They remain determined to block this lifesaving legislation and replace it with a bill that excludes certain types of people.


If you care about protecting all women from violence, call your Congress member during the August recess, and urge them to support the Senate's bipartisan, inclusive version of the Violence Against Women Act


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BREAKING – Federal Court Slaps Down Florida Governor’s Voter Suppression

BREAKING – Federal Court Slaps Down Florida Governor’s Voter Suppression | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
In Federal Court today a panel of three judges struck down Gov. Rick Scott’s attempt to cut early voting days from 12 to 8.
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Pictures and Galleries

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ALTERNET, REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


People gather for the We Are Woman rally for women's rights on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, August 18, 2012. Speakers at the event took on conservative politicians and what they see as anti-women legislation, while asking their supporters to "remember in November" which side of polictics they are on, and to vote in light of those policy differences at election time. 

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Program hopes to stabilize life for the metro's 1,900 single mothers living in poverty

Program hopes to stabilize life for the metro's 1,900 single mothers living in poverty | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MEAGAN CARD, Inforum


FARGO -The focus is on providing a more stable life for mother and child through affordable housing, education, child care services and empowerment training, said Andrea Hochhalter, the community outreach director for Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead.

 

There is an obvious need for the program, she said, as 1,900 single mothers are living in poverty in the F-M area. These women are making, on average, less than $8 an hour and live with high levels of debt and poor credit ratings, Hochhalter said...[MORE]

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