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What Marchers Plan to Do Next

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For the thousands of protesters who showed up to the Women's March, this was only the beginning.
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If they can find a way around the division over Right to Life vs A Woman's Right to Choose, the women's movement may well become a major new force in American politics. In the end, the way forward will have to help reduce the number of abortions and offer better alternatives for those women who have been raped. We have to reach a point where every child is valued and where every woman has dignity and control of her life. 
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Pope Francis: Priests Can Absolve Women Who Seek Forgiveness For Their Abortion

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The Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis will allow Roman Catholic priests to absolve women seeking forgiveness for an abortion with a "sincere heart" during the Holy Year of Mercy.
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It is good to have a pope who understands the human heart and the difficulty of life. I know there will be many who will object to this act of loving compassion, but I salute it.

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Raphael Olfato's curator insight, October 26, 2015 5:51 PM

     Pope Francis in the article describes that women who choose the path of abortion should be forgiven if they seek forgiveness.  He feels that the women were pressured and put in the position of abortion.  He says that those who seek forgiveness shall not be denied and should receive the sacrament of confession.  This shows that women were pure and good at heart, it is the situation and pressure that forces them to make their choices.

     The topic of the article relates to what we learned about Rousseau in government.  Jean Jacques Rousseau is a famous philosopher who believed that people are good by nature and their natural innocence is corrupted by the evils of society.  His philosophy kinda relates to how he feels the women that have an abortion are good at heart and are just pressured by society to do it.  That is why he believes women should be forgiven in the sacrament of confession.

Rigil Deveza's curator insight, October 26, 2015 7:50 PM

      The article is about how Pope Francis will allow the Roman catholic priest to absolve women who are seeking forgiveness for an abortion. Abortion has been considered a sin in the catholic faith and if women wanted priest to grant absolution they would also have to convey the sin that they have committed. The pope believes that there are many women out there who didn't mean to get an abortion and therefore, regret the sin that they have comitted and wants to obtain their reconcilliation with our father. In order for women to seek the sacrament of forgiveness for an abortion, women have to seek help from a special priest that are selected by her diocese's bishop instead of her local parish priest.                                                   

        This article connects concepts that are talked about in class in many ways. This article is relevant to the early philosopher that we learned in class named Rousseau. Rosseau believed that people's natural innocence is corrupted by the evils of society. In this article, like what the pope said he believes that women who had an abortion probably didn't mean to have an abortion because they probably got influence with the people around their society who probably doesn't want her to have that baby. 

          The bias thing in this article is the Vatican church and the catholic faith who are against abortion and have considered it as a grave sin. 

Jazmyn Davis's curator insight, January 19, 2016 9:37 AM

Pope Francis allow Roman Catholic priests to absolve women seeking forgiveness for an abortion with "sincere heart". Giving authority to grant forgiveness for certain grave sins like abortion shared that power with priests. Forgiving abortion is not the same as saying abortion is now acceptable: forgiveness implies a turning of heart, with the goal of change. Pope Francis made this clear in his papal bull announcing the Jubilee Year in April. “This is the opportune moment to change our lives!  His quote was Forgiveness of the sin of abortion does not condone abortion nor minimize its grave effects.

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Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A program to offer long-acting birth control, like free IUDs and implants, has helped reduce teenage pregnancies by 40 percent and abortions by 42 percent.
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What a totally expected conclusion. If we give young women better control over contraception, they don't have as many unwanted pregnancies and that also means fewer abortions. Wow, rocket science—NOT! But important, YES! This has been the basic purpose of Planned Parenthood for years. This is why we should support PP and similar organizations. If you want to stop abortions, stop unprotected sex. Abstinence produces parents.

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Biblical birth control: The surprisingly contraception-friendly Old Testament

Biblical birth control: The surprisingly contraception-friendly Old Testament | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Think conservative objections to birth control are enshrined in the Bible? Think again
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If Ms. Strauss is correct, and I think she is, then the conservative Christian right is clearly anti-Biblical in their position. Now maybe that will explain the next major environmental disaster. (Sarcasm intended)

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Abortion isn’t linked with mental illness, study shows — but being denied one might be

Abortion isn’t linked with mental illness, study shows — but being denied one might be | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Anti-choice activists have long claimed that abortion leads to mental illness — but a new study shows the opposite
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One caveat, these are women who have waited quite late in their pregnancies before seeking an abortion. We know this because that was the reason they were turned away. However, it should concern us that there are real consequences to women who are forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. 
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Teen pregnancy is down 40% in Colorado, and the reason is unbelievably simple: birth control.

Teen pregnancy is down 40% in Colorado, and the reason is unbelievably simple: birth control. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A small change can make a very big impact.
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And how many of those young people are getting their birth control from Planned Parenthood? Lots. And how many of them are learning about contraception in sex education? Lots. So if you really oppose abortion, support sex ed and free contraception. Yes, it is really that simple. Help people to make good decisions in their lives instead of condemning them when they are forced to make decisions in desperation.

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Premature Babies May Survive at 22 Weeks if Treated, Study Finds - NYTimes.com

Premature Babies May Survive at 22 Weeks if Treated, Study Finds - NYTimes.com | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

A small number of very premature babies are surviving earlier outside the womb than doctors once thought possible, a new study has documented, raising questions about how aggressively they should be treated and posing implications for the debate about abortion.

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We should celebrate the good medical science and practice that makes this possible. The question is do we as a society dedicate the resources necessary to provide that medical care to every child who is born so early in gestation? Do we then say to the mother who wants an abortion that she can have a birth instead and that the state will provide the baby's healthcare? And of course, that ultimate question: When we stop a woman from having an abortion, do we as a society take on the responsibility for the resulting child? And, one more question, if we save a preemie, do we then take responsibility for the developmental issues that infant may show? What if we save a preemie who has a genetic disease that leads to suffering and very early death? Some genetic issues come to light only during the second trimester. These are difficult questions, especially for a country that is unwilling to accept the notion that every child should have access to housing, food, medical care, and an education. Just yesterday, there was a report that the U.S. has slipped in the provision of maternal and child care.

 

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