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In the GOP House, Infant Lives probe accelerates while Zika funding request stalls

In the GOP House, Infant Lives probe accelerates while Zika funding request stalls | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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The implications are clear and disgusting. The GOP is not so much about protecting children or the lives of infants as it is about manipulating the Pro-Life voters. Meanwhile, failure to protect fetuses from teratogenic threats like Zika increases the potential demand for abortions.  
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Huckabee: Crush Abortion With Military

Huckabee: Crush Abortion With Military | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The former Arkansas governor is open to sending the National Guard to stop women from getting abortions. No, really—that’s his plan.
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This is truly offensive. Please, would some woman, even one who opposes abortion with her entire soul, explain to me how she could vote for a man who wanted to use this kind of repressive measure on other women.

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Arizona Wants Doctors to Tell Patients that Abortions Can Be “Reversed”

Arizona Wants Doctors to Tell Patients that Abortions Can Be “Reversed” | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Doctors in Arizona might soon be required to tell women that abortions can be "reversed." As the Washington Post reports, the Arizona legislature just passed a bill that is the latest in state-based attempts to ban women from using their own health insurance to pay for abortion. What makes this bill...
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In Arizona, we are living in an asylum where the madness is called the Republican party. If this isn't enough for the women of this state (and all the rational men) to vote these bums out, I don't know what will be. The worst part is that when some woman falls prey to this deception and hasn't taken the second medication and it leads to severe complications for her health and this douche bag and his cohort will have not a scintilla of responsibility.

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Why is a mom facing jail for helping her teen have an abortion?

Why is a mom facing jail for helping her teen have an abortion? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The punishing price of abortion restrictions
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While this mother broke the law and while there are good reasons for some of those laws, as witnessed by the fact that her daughter ended up needing hospital care, what this story clearly shows is the need for better access to medical care for the poor and for better access to gynecological care in particular. Of course good sex education is also important so cases like this can be avoided by prevention.

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Conservatives Chase Mom Off Twitter After She Called Out Anti-Abortion Education

Conservatives Chase Mom Off Twitter After She Called Out Anti-Abortion Education | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Conservatives on social media heckled and chased an Arizona mom off the internet in recent days after she publicly complained about her son's high school pushing abstinence and anti-abortion education.

Suzanne Young briefly spoke to TPM on Monday about her decision to leave the internet, saying she tried to explain herself on social media to no avail.

"I spent the first two days explaining my position, but people were just woefully misunderstanding me," she told TPM when reached by phone.
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I have no issue with the intent of the sticker, to encourage adoption over abortion and to support sexual abstinence among teens. I certainly have no problem with encouraging teens to talk about sex with their parents. I do, however, think these stickers a pathetic example of bad educational practice. It is almost a dare to an adolescent. Cloaking these moral positions in the authority of the school and worse the state is asking for rebellion against them. Making what should be an invitation from the adult community to the young to take part in meaningful discussion about sexuality becomes a sticker that says in effect, "This is what you are supposed to believe and accept." What is saddest is that good sex education does work to reduce unwanted pregnancies and empowers young women to say no. The best way to actually achieve the goals of reducing abortions and unwanted pregnancies is through dialog, which this sticker, for all its fine advice to the contrary, will discourage.

 

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5 Points On That Controversial Undercover Planned Parenthood Video

5 Points On That Controversial Undercover Planned Parenthood Video | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An undercover video surfaced Tuesday purportedly showing a high-level Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of tissue obtained from aborted fetuses. Heavy emphasis on purportedly.

Conservative media outlets have covered the video extensively. Abortion opponents have alleged the video shows there is a black market for fetal tissue, and the originators of the video allege Planned Parenthood is breaking the law. The apparently casual, some might say callous, tone of the Planned Parentho
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The saddest thing is that the trolls could have simply gone to Planned Parenthood to obtain the information. Instead, they lie and insinuate, which says a great deal about them and nothing about PP's completely legal and ethical behavior. Reality is that the providing of fetal tissue to researchers is a boon to science. There is no sale, only when necessary reimbursement for transport. The silly woman from Planned Parenthood should have screened the "interviewers" as carefully as they screen the tissue recipients. As for the callous quality of the woman's comments, I think such an attitude is sadly necessary when talking about such topics. Otherwise, the sadness of the woman who have come for abortions would overwhelm the providers. Remember, nobody wants to see abortions happen. In fact, Planned Parenthood does more than any group on the right to help prevent unwanted and problematic pregnancies.

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Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A test told a couple their child might be intersex and have a genetic disorder. The test was wrong.
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While mistakes may be rare, genetic testing that indicates a serious defect or those tests which are done with the goal of screening for such serious defects should be repeated and the clerical work carefully edited to make sure that mistakes are avoided. Aborting a fetus is too serious a decision to do less than the best medical science has to offer. In the case cited, clearly the parents should have been advised to do a retest and to wait to make sure that the information given had been correct.

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New Mexico Legislation Would Criminalize Abortions in Cases of Rape

New Mexico Legislation Would Criminalize Abortions in Cases of Rape | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The most popular, lazy theory for Republican renewal is some version of this: "We've got to stop nominating Republicans who make rape gaffes! Don't talk about rape!" But the Todd Akins of the world don't "talk about rape" because they're venal.
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Once again, we see the GOP at its grassroots level being totally ignorant of and unfeeling towards rape victims. What is the matter with the Republican party?

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