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January 9, 2017

No one is pro-abortion!

Giving Access to Free and Low-Cost Birth Control Saves the U.S. Government at Least $17 billion a Year.

…and it results in fewer abortions.

Colorado’s investment in IUDs and other fire-and-forget birth control produced a “miracle.” Teen births and abortions dropped by nearly 50%, and the birth-rate among teens who were already mothers fell by 58%; there were also dramatic reductions in high-risk births. (boingboing.net)

Teen birth rates spiked in Texas after funding for family planning services was reduced by 67% in 2011: chron.com/news/h…

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So moving. Voting matters. Show up. Register. Let’s flood our world with love. For those saying abortion is murder, I point you to the image above and my video on elephantjournal.com: search “no one is pro-abortion.” ??? #repealthe8th #ireland #abortion Show that video to those who use the hashtag: #abortionismurder ❤?? It is a big day for #Ireland: The results suggest that Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to liberalise the country’s strict abortion laws—meaning that for the first time ever, abortion will be legal in the country. ? Search on Elephantjournal.com: watch “No-one is Pro-Abortion.” ? Share your view with us: elephantjournal.com/submit or elephantjournal.com/sharenow ?: @nfnbooks #irishindependent #jamesjoyce #ulysses #yes? @honthehuns

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“I accept my church’s position on abortion, but I refuse to impose it on others.” ~  Joe Biden

 

One thing that works to reduce abortions—sex ed and access to contraceptives.
One thing that endangers life—the baby’s and the mother’s—back alley illegal procedures and suppression.
This is a false wedge issue foisted by politicians who don’t care about life (Alabama, for example, is among the worst in the US in infant mortality, but they’re anti-healthcare).
 

 

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We’re all united in wanting to reduce abortions. It’s the how that is creating a lot of confusion, pain, and suffering:

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“Data Shows Contraception Lowers Abortion Rates and Saves Billions, but Why Do Republicans Continually Fight to Deny Women the Right to Birth Control.”

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Vote. To those of you too cool to vote last round, this is what we get. ?? Same in terms of healthcare, immigration rights, climate change, division, drilling/energy…⠀ ⠀ Watch my @walkthetalkshow video, “No one is pro-abortion” on elephantjournal.com or visit elephantjournal.com/talkshow, or find it at youtube.com/elephantjournal⠀ ⠀ We’re all united in wanting to reduce abortions. And it’s been working, dramatically. It’s the "how" that is creating a lot of confusion, pain, and suffering. ⠀ ⠀ #prochoice #prolife #wedgeissue #abortion #abstinence #sexed #plannedparenthood #safesex #beofbenefit⠀ ⠀ Voting matters. Show up. Register. Let’s flood our world with love. For those saying abortion is murder, I point you to my video on elephantjournal.com: search “no one is pro-abortion.” ⠀ ⠀ ??? Show that video to those who use the hashtag: #abortionismurder #abortion ❤?? ⠀ ⠀ ? Share your view with us: elephantjournal.com/post ?? ⠀ Support Journalism, not fake news, by reading and subscribing–when you do, you support education, respect for facts, and the exposing of bullshit like this.⠀ ⠀ Via Sophie, my lifelong pal: "When one religion rules politics for all.⠀ ⠀ "Senator Clyde Chambliss, a Republican and sponsor of the bill in the Senate, defended the omission of those exceptions.⠀ “When God creates the miracle of life inside a woman’s womb,” he said, “it is not our place as human beings to extinguish that life.”⠀ ⠀ Senator Greg Reed, a Republican who is the State Senate majority leader, said in a statement after Tuesday night’s vote that the measure “simply recognizes that an unborn baby is a child who deserves protection — and despite the best efforts of abortion proponents, this bill will become law because Alabamians stand firmly on the side of life.”⠀ ⠀ Btw, Alabama has the death penalty so clearly they are on the side of life."⠀ ⠀ BTW, Buddhism can be backwards on this, too. But, this: ⠀ “Of course, abortion, from a Buddhist viewpoint, is an act of killing and is negative, generally speaking. But it depends on the circumstances… I think abortion should be approved or disapproved according to each circumstance.” ~ Dalai Lama⠀

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Stories like this happen every day across this country:⠀ ⠀ “I will tell this here, although it will probably be buried. I wanted children, so much so that my husband and I did fertility treatments to get pregnant. We were as careful as we could be and still be successful. And we were successful, too successful actually. I got pregnant with triplets and we were devastated. We did research and ran the numbers, factored in my health and no matter how we looked at it, it just looked like too much of a risk for all of us. We decided to have a selective reduction, which is basically an abortion where they take the one that looks the unhealthiest and leave the remainder, leaving me with twins. Because of the positioning of my uterus, I was forced to wait until 14 weeks to get the reduction even though we saw them before the 6 week mark.⠀ ⠀ Having decided that we had to sacrifice one to save two, we knew that we would probably never know if we had made the right decision. And then we found out that we did make the right choice. I was put on hospital bed rest at 23 weeks with just a 7-15 percent survival rate per baby. My body was just not equipped to handle two babies, much less three. I managed to stay in the hospital until 28 weeks before I delivered them. They came home on Monday after staying in the NICU for 52 days. We still have a month before we even reach my due date.⠀ ⠀ This was twins… I would have not made it even that far with triplets. I undoubtedly made the right decision even though I will always wonder about the baby that I didn’t have. If abortion were illegal, I would have lost all of three of them and possibly could have died as I began to develop preeclampsia which can be fatal for the mother.⠀ ⠀ I have always been pro choice even though I never would have an abortion myself, but then I needed one. Not wanted one… needed one. I am so glad that I was able to get one because I wouldn’t have my two beautiful healthy babies otherwise.” ~ #reddit⠀ ⠀ Watch Waylon's video on elephantjournal.com: "No one is pro-abortion."

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Bonus: think Alabama passionately cares about fetuses? They don’t even care about babies: “Alabama has the 2nd highest infant mortality rate out of all 50 states.” Or children: look up their rankings in healthcare, or education.
 
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If you declined to vote in 2016 for the only viable alternative to President Trump and his judicial picks, please vote next time.

“The unborn” are a convenient group of people to advocate for. They never make demands of you; they are morally uncomplicated, unlike the incarcerated, addicted, or the chronically poor; they don’t resent your condescension or complain that you are not politically correct; unlike widows, they don’t ask you to question patriarchy; unlike orphans, they don’t need money, education, or childcare; unlike aliens, they don’t bring all that racial, cultural, and religious baggage that you dislike; they allow you to feel good about yourself without any work at creating or maintaining relationships; and when they are born, you can forget about them, because they cease to be unborn. It’s almost as if, by being born, they have died to you. You can love the unborn and advocate for them without substantially challenging your own wealth, power, or privilege, without re-imagining social structures, apologizing, or making reparations to anyone. They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus but actually dislike people who breathe. Prisoners? Immigrants? The sick? The poor? Widows? Orphans? All the groups that are specifically mentioned in the Bible? They all get thrown under the bus for the unborn

~ Dave Barnhart, St. Junia Methodist Church

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Pat Smith Jan 10, 2017 3:46pm

It's about time this headline was prominent! So deeply true!!

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