A person’s a person, except when they’re not
There’s a pretty big difference; it matters a lot!
An embryo, blastocyst, zygote or fetus
Don’t give politicians the right to mistreat us
They can’t hear, they can’t feel, they can’t think, they can’t see
But they’re somehow, some way, more important than me!
A zygote is floating inside of a womb
While a person will need just a little more room
But it’s not about size, as they like to say
They don’t speak for the voiceless, try as they may
They speak for themselves and they speak for the church
And they don’t seem to mind leaving us in the Lurch
You see people have goals and have dreams to pursue
They have families and friends and enemies, too!
Being pregnant for months is a pretty big deal
And giving birth to a baby is quite the ordeal
My body, my choice! I must say I resent
That someone may use it without my consent
What goes on in one’s body’s their business alone
And let those without sin cast the first stone
A person’s a person, no matter how small
Except when they are not a person at all
(If anyone wanted to reblog with couplets of their own that would be AWESOME)
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that each year nearly 42 million women faced with unintended pregnancies have abortions, of which 20 million are unsafe, mostly in countries where abortion is illegal.
According to WHO and Guttmacher, approximately 68,000 women die annually as a result of complications of unsafe abortion; and between two million and seven million women each year survive unsafe abortion but sustain long-term damage or disease (incomplete abortion, infection (sepsis), haemorrhage, and injury to the internal organs, such as puncturing or tearing of the uterus). They also concluded abortion is safe in countries where it’s legal, but dangerous in countries where it’s outlawed and performed clandestinely.
The WHO reports that in developed regions, nearly all abortions (92%) are safe, whereas in developing countries, more than half (55%) are unsafe.
According to WHO statistics, the risk rate for unsafe abortion is 1/270; according to other sources, unsafe abortion is responsible for one in eight maternal deaths.
Worldwide, 48% of all induced abortions are unsafe.
Dr. George Tiller was murdered two years ago today by Scott Roeder, a pro-life activist who had made threats towards and was very outspoken about violence towards clinics and abortion providers. Roeder worked closely with groups like Operation Rescue and many believe that his connections within that organization helped him plan the murder of Dr. Tiller.
Operation Rescue had basically been stalking Tiller and his staff and had attempted to slander the people at the clinic by putting posters up in their neighborhoods. This organization tracked Tiller’s movements, memorized his schedule, and frequently harassed him at his home. I, personally, believe that Operation Rescue provided Scott Roeder with Dr. Tiller’s schedule which allowed him to follow him and gun him down at his church.
Tiller was no strange to the violence that befalls abortion clinics and the staff that work there. His clinic was bombed and the site of many protests and sit ins. He was shot in 1993 by a woman who had committed many crimes directed at abortion providers/clinics including attempted bombings, acid attacks, and murders. Tiller survived the attack and even went back to work the next day.
When it became clear that Tiller wouldn’t back down when faced with violence towards his clinic or his own life, pro-life groups (including Operation Rescue) decided on a different tactic. They attempted to get Tiller tied up in court and have his license removed. That didn’t work, either, and Tiller went back to work until he was murdered two years ago.
The pro-choice community lost a huge asset and resource two years ago. Please remember Dr. Tiller and what he died for: the rights of people to have agency over their own bodies and make their own medical decisions.
Now that the title has gotten your attention, you can sign the petition to stop this bill
What bill are we talking about?
It’s S. 3804, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). It’s currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
What exactly does it do?
The bill creates a blacklists of Internet domain names which the Attorney General can add to with a court order. Internet service providers, financial transaction providers, and online ad vendors (everyone from Comcast to PayPal to Google AdSense) would be required to block any domains on the list.
(The bill used to also have a second list that the AG could add to without a court order, but public pressure has gotten it removed.)
More information and reports news organizations and blogs in the Read More
A small, 14-step guide to being a good friend to a chronically ill individual: feel free to send me or reblog more suggestions.
There are heaps of articles on how to cope as an individual living with the illness, but what about our friends and family?
This is good, and well-written.
Present-day Americans, few of them directly affected by events in Iraq or Afghanistan, find war tolerable. They accept it. Since 9/11, war has become normalcy. Peace has become an entirely theoretical construct. A report of G.I.s getting shot at, maimed, or killed is no longer something the average American gets exercised about. Rest assured that no such reports will interfere with plans for the long weekend that Memorial Day makes possible.” —Andrew Bacevich (via azspot)
NORTH LOUISIANA has been described as “the buckle on the Bible Belt” – and not without good reason, as high school student Damon Fowler at Bastrop High School has discovered to his cost.
On the eve of his graduation, the atheist student contacted the school superintendent to let him know that he opposed the inclusion of a prayer at the graduation ceremony. He pointed out that government-sponsored prayer in the public schools was unconstitutional and legally forbidden – and that he would be contacting the ACLU if it went ahead. The school agreed to substitute it with a moment of silent reflection, which was subsequently scuppered by a Christian student.
Then Fowler’s name, and his role in this incident, was leaked. As a direct result:
1) Fowler has been hounded, pilloried, and ostracized by his community.
2) One of Fowler’s teachers has publicly demeaned him.
3) Fowler has been physically threatened. Students have threatened to “jump him” at graduation practice, and he has received multiple threats of bodily harm, and even death threats.
4) Fowler’s parents cut off his financial support, kicked him out of the house, and threw his belongings onto the front porch.
Oh, and the school went ahead and had the graduation prayer anyway.
According to this report, Fowler has become the center of what he terms a “shitstorm”: he has been harassed, vilified, targeted with insults and name-calling and hateful remarks. He’s been told t he’s the devil. He’s been told, “Go cry to your mommy… oh, wait. You can’t”. (A reference to him being disowned by his parents.) He’s been told that he’s only doing this to get attention. A student’s public prayer at a pre-graduation “Class Night” event was turned into an opportunity for the school and community to gang up on Fowler and publicly close ranks against him – teachers as well as students. (Here’svideo). And people seen defending him have been targeted as well.
Here are a few comments on the Bastrop Enterprise news story about the controversy:
I personally see him as a coward.
I hope they [Christians] put enough pressure on this kid to convert him and save his soul from the fire of hell.
If he don’t want prayer at graduation he can stay at home and not come to graduation.
I hope that the little athiest (sic) is offended.
What he is really doing is trying to shove his views down people’s throats.
Satan continues to prowl and is deceiving many in this world.
A piece published yesterday by PoliticusUSA points out that Christian fundamentalists have persecuted atheists and agnostics for the past 30 years with accusations that non-believers are aggressive and are “throwing atheism in our faces,” when the opposite is true.
There is a dangerous trend of Christian fundamentalists taking over the government to change the nature of America. It may be in part because in America, like the rest of the world, Christianity is on the decline and the number of Americans claiming to be Atheists, Agnostic, or non-religious has increased by 15 percent leading to an alarming trend of fundamentalists making a last-ditch effort to force Christianity on the country.
The young man who protested prayers at school events is not an isolated case, and around the country young people are standing up to school officials and fundamentalists who “force their religion down the throats” of non-believers regardless of age or station in life. The Constitution does not forbid religious fundamentalists from praying whenever and wherever they please, but it does maintain the separation of the government and religion and it means no public school prayer.
The article concluded:
Evangelical Christian leaders recently conceded in an interview that there were Christians around the country who were prepared for armed conflict to enforce Christianity if necessary, and they claimed the military and Congress had been infiltrated by fundamentalists; it is a foreboding that should frighten every person in America. If any American thinks they are safe from fundamentalist Christians whose intent is replacing the Constitution with the Ten Commandments and its Stone Age punishment (stoning), they are deluded and do not comprehend the level of violence extremists are capable of inflicting in god’s name.
If in America in 2011, one student faces public threats without a theocratic government or the Ten Commandments as the law of the land, imagine the violent Crusade and Inquisition a group of well-armed, angry fundamentalists will unleash if given authority and power.
Last month, an interviewer asked four evangelical church leaders if their intent of using violence to force Christianity on Americans was tantamount to the Taliban in Afghanistan. They replied that, ‘yes, they were the same as the Taliban except they were better armed, better organized, and had the full support of conservatives in positions of power’.
Still think fundamentalist Christians are harmless? You should be mortified.