I saw a news report about this on T.V., she was a straight A Student who had perfect attendance and everything. Everyone loved and respected her for her skills, but when she started this experiment and people thought she was pregnant, they started treating her like garbage. Even her teachers started looking down on her like she was scum of the earth. The only people who knew she was doing this as an experiment were her school principle, her health care teacher and her father. Her own mother thought she was pregnant.
I mean even her friends turned on her, it was horrid. Very very sad, and as soon as she revealed during an assembly that the pregnancy was false, a lot of people were in shock as she brought up all the horrible things they said and did to her because they thought she was pregnant.
The reason for the experiment was to see how people would react and treat her if they thought she was pregnant, as apposed as to treating her as the straight A “Perfect” student they usually did. And it proved that people were horrible scumbags too her as soon as they thought she was.
You don’t know their situation.
Justice for Tasered 8-Months-Pregnant Woman!
Police in Chicago used a Taser on an African-American woman who is 8-months-pregnant because she parked in a handicapped parking space.
Tiffany Rent parked there because she was trying to calm down her 3-year-old daughter. She tried to explain what happened but they wouldn’t listen, and gave her a ticket for $200.
The police, who had blocked her in, started insulting her — one told her to call Jesse Jackson — and Rent got into her car because she was scared. They tasered her through the window, and her boyfriend, Joseph Hobbs, had his elbow dislocated while trying to protect her. This all happened in front of her children.
Rent and Hobbs were taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest and simple assault. Rent was taken to the hospital for treatment, and may have to deliver her baby early because of the stress.
Please tell the Chicago Police Department to do a full investigation of this incident and get justice for Tiffany Rent!
I don’t even know what to say. I am incredibly appalled and angry. Justice for Tiffany Rent!
what the ACTUAL FUCK
Stop-Motion Short/Time-Lapse Thing of the Day: How babies are made: From (immaculate) conception to spontaneous birth in just over a minute, set to “Wake Me” by Message to Bears.
This is so lovely. Warm fuzzies!!
I’m giving up respecting anti-choicers Until Abortion Ends™.
I don’t care what race, gender, or religion you are. If you support an abortion ban, you are an asshole.
I don’t care that you like, totally respect my opinion even though you disagree with it!!! You are still an asshole.
If you claim to know what’s best for every single person’s situation, you are an asshole.
If you claim that your religion should dictate the morals of everyone else, you are an asshole.
If you say, “Hey wait a minute, I support easy access to birth control, sterilization, and healthcare!” but you still support an abortion ban, you are an asshole, albeit perhaps less hypocritical than many of your fellow assholes.
If you have ever used the phrases “Just keep your legs shut,” “If you aren’t prepared to get pregnant, don’t have sex!” or any combination of the words therein, you are an asshole.
If you have never been sexually assaulted or experienced an unwanted pregnancy and you say you “are 100% sure you would absolutely not have an abortion!” …guess what. You are an asshole. And also a liar.
If you actually think the need (yes, need) for abortion will ever end, you are an asshole with a very loose grip on reality.
Worst analogy ever.
First of all: Not everyone who can get pregnant is a woman. Not everyone who pays for the well-being of children are men.
Secondly: Pregnant people don’t just pop babies out and then hand them over to men to take care of them. Those same people often do a whole lot of work when it comes to the actual care of said child - most of it is unpaid, too! If that person has breasts, they might breastfeed, too, which is also a use of their body! Huh.
Third: Comparing a man having to work - something he would have to do to support himself anyway - to a woman (to use the binary language used in the original post) being forced to carry a pregnancy - go through a medical condition - is ridiculously offensive. Everyone has to work to support themselves. That is pretty much a given destiny for all people on the planet unless someone is either very lucky for very unlucky. Pregnancy is not necessarily a given destiny for all women. So essentially what this implies is that women are meant to be pregnant just as all people are meant to work to support themselves and their families, if they happen to have them. Also, that a man’s state of existing, i.e. being a person who works for their money, is comparable to a woman going through numerous body changes that are inevitable and permanent that come with pregnancy, risking their life and health, etc.
Fourth: Hey guess what? Men can sign away their rights to fatherhood! No child support in many cases - but also no visitation rights - no problem, right?
Fifth: Child support has little to do with the pregnant people involved and lot to do with, and I know this will seem overwhelming, the child involved. A born child, a child who is definitely a child, a child who is an independent being who needs to be supported and cared for. Courts, generally, hold the support of children in very high regard. That’s the point.
Sixth: You have a right to not have your body infringed upon by the government - and hey, cis men really don’t have to deal with government trying to do that on a large scale level, you lucky dogs! - you don’t necessarily have the right to not have you money go to places you don’t want it to go. That’s why the government can use our tax dollars to pay for wars. That’s why if I get into a car accident and it’s my fault, I have to pay to fix that person’s car - even if they were also driving recklessly! And a car isn’t even as important or expensive as a child!
Last but now least: If you’re really worried about this sort of thing, you know, the feminist conspiracy to milk money out of poor unsuspecting men by having their children…really, if anti-feminist, paranoid, reactionary, disingenuous douchebags are for equality, why don’t they push for greater birth control options for men? Why don’t they push for a hormonal option for men? Why not get all of the options that women supposedly have (that are constantly under attack and also expensive)? Maybe because it’s easier to saddle women with the burden of preventing the pregnancy, but then when a woman wants to make a decision about that pregnancy and hold a man accountable for his part in it, that’s “oppression” and “inequality”?
Bullshit. Take this nonsense somewhere else. Feminism is not the reason for your ills
A reminder from your friendly neighborhood comprehensive sex education advocates:
Why We Need Sex Ed Now!
- Among developed nations, the US ranks 1st in teen pregnancy and STDs.
- Every 2 minutes, 2 U.S. teens get pregnant. Of these, more than 80% are unintended.
- 50% of pregnant teens graduate high school vs. 90% of their peers.
- 1 in 4 sexually active teens will contract an S.T.D. this year.
- Though young people only account for ¼ of our sexually active population, they contract ½ of that population’s S.T.D.’s.
- Chlamydia among U.S. teens has nearly doubled since 2000.
Abstinence-only education is failing:
- Abstinence only states have the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the nation, but comprehensive sex-ed states have the lowest rates, yet abstinence still reigns supreme in American schools.
- In 2010, Texas rejected $4.4 million of federal funding for comprehensive sex ed programs.
- More than 96% of Texas school districts teach abstinence only.
- Gov. Rick Perry: “Abstinence works…it is the best form to teach our children.”
- Texas has the highest teen birth-rate in the nation. Out of every 1,000 teen girls, 62 give birth to a child.
Abstinence doesn’t work. Comprehensive sex-ed does.
- Teens who receive comprehensive sex-ed are 50% less likely to get pregnant than teens who receive abstinence-only.
- Teen pregnancy dropped 40% between 1990 and 2005. 80% of this drop was due to increased contraceptive usage. Just 14% was due to decreased sexual activity.
Parents believe in sex-ed, too:
- 91% of parents of high schoolers believe sex-ed in school is important.
- 93% think birth control is an appropriate topic for sex-ed to cover.
This post was originally written on January 21, 2011 to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision to legalize abortion in the United States. To honor Roe, and to honor the groups, practitioners, nurses, staff, and volunteers who have dedicated their lives to providing reproductive health care, we’re debunking some common abortion myths.
- Emergency Contraception (EC) is an abortifacient. Despite what Nick Cannon said recently, emergency contraception does not cause an abortion. EC prevents pregnancy, while the abortion pill (mifepristone) terminates an existing pregnancy. Check out NARAL’s great fact sheet for more info.
- Women use abortion as a form of birth control – Actually, 54 percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method (usually the condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant. Birth control methods fail, and inconsistent contraceptive use, as well as life changes, contribute to unplanned pregnancy. There is no research that states that women depend on or use abortion as a method of birth control.
- Abortion causes post-traumatic stress and other mental health disorders. A 2008 report by the APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion concluded, “the best scientific evidence indicates that the relative risk of mental health problems among adult women who have an unplanned pregnancy is no greater if they have an elective first-trimester abortion than if they deliver the pregnancy.” This is also made clear through the fact that “postabortion traumatic stress syndrome” is not recognized by either the American Psychological Association (APA) or the American Psychiatric Association.
- Women who have abortions will never be mothers. There’s a big misconception out there about who has abortions. Many believe there are two types of women in this world—those who have abortions and those who have children. The fact is 61% of women who have abortions already have one or more children.
- Abortion causes breast cancer. In 1997, the New England Journal of Medicine published the largest-scale study ever on this subject–with 1.5 million participants–which concluded that there is no independent link between abortion and breast cancer.
- Making abortion illegal will stop women from having them. Abortion was prevalent in the United States long before the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. Because it was an illegal procedure, women who needed abortions had no choice but to obtain them from illegal practitioners. The “back-alley” abortion was dangerous and is listed as the official cause of death for almost 2,700 women in 1930.
- Pro-choice means pro-abortion. People who are pro-choice believe in the right for a woman to choose what happens to her body—whether that be an abortion, adoption, or carrying the pregnancy full-term. Being pro-choice means a lot of things and women and men who are pro-choice believe in choice for many reasons.
- All Planned Parenthood does is abortions. As long as there is a need for abortion services, Planned Parenthood will continue to provide those services for women. We work diligently to decrease the need for abortions by providing access to family planning services, comprehensive sexuality education, programs that promote communication and good decision making skills, and strong advocacy on policy decisions that protects all of the above.
- Women who have abortions can’t get pregnant, or will have a harder time conceiving. Abortions performed in the first trimester pose virtually no long-term risk of such problems as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous abortion, congenital malformation, or preterm or low-birth-weight delivery. Most women have abortions in their first trimester.
- Women having abortions are young, irresponsible women who can’t be bothered to take birth control. Women of all ages have abortions for many reasons including financial, ability to provide care, the health of the fetus, the health of the pregnant woman, the lack of a co-parent, and many other legitimate reasons. Women of all reproductive ages have abortions – it has nothing to do with age or responsibility.