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Just caught wind of a huge fart cloud coming from Bob Morris, an Indiana lawmaker who insists that the Girl Scouts–yes; those evil peddlers of mint chocolate cookies–are in collusion with Planned Parenthood to promote GASP!! abortion and homosexuality and is demanding an immediate investigation. According to the Chicago Tribune, “Morris, in his letter to lawmakers, said some Christian conservatives who share his concerns have pulled their children out of Girl Scouts. He also pointed to a Colorado Girl Scout troop’s acceptance of a transgender child last month as another reason to leave the group.” Can you imagine? Put folks like Morris in charge, and they’ll be raiding weekly merit badge meetings, and bringing in the SWAT team. They’ll enlist a special scientific panel to test girl scout cookies for birth control pills ground into flour and mixed inside. What’s next? Mandatory hymen checking, dudes? For the life of me, I CAN NOT understand why Republicans are so obsessed with this, especially in a time when people care about whether or not they can pay their cable so that they can maintain the little sliver of joy they get watching Spartacus and Shameless.
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(Washington Post) — Advocates are stepping up their Capitol Hill lobbying efforts to prevent a ban on city-funded abortions, as a Senate panel prepares to consider the spending bill that funds the D.C. budget for 2012. The House-passed version of the measure, which also funds the Treasury Department and a host of other government agencies, includes a ban on having the District use its own taxpayer funds to pay for abortions for low-income women. That prohibition, supported by Republicans and anti-abortion groups, drew sharp complaints from House Democrats and the White House, which said it “undermines the principle of states’ rights and of D.C. home rule.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2001, about half of all pregnancies in the United States were unplanned. About 4 out of 10 of those women chose to have an abortion, and 1 out of 3 women will have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old. Even the most maternal and financially stable women experience feelings of anxiety and stress upon learning the news that they are expecting. Therefore, when other women receive a positive pregnancy test result at a time in their lives that is anything but ideal, it can be terrifying to feel like your options are limited. Before passing judgment and making assumptions, it’s important to know that even the most effective birth control method isn’t 100 percent, and even women who are using their method perfectly could find themselves facing an unexpected pregnancy.
It’s important for women to know is that they do have options, and whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice it’s important to base the decisions you make regarding a pregnancy on facts. With funding for comprehensive sex education being used as a bargaining chip in recent political debates, a lot of misinformation is being tossed around to further politicians’ personal agendas and sway public opinion to support certain points of views without the public being given the correct information. The following myths and facts regarding abortion are not meant to influence your views, but to make sure those views are based on truth and not popular opinion.
(KTVU/CNN) – An anti-abortion billboard aimed at African-American women is creating a stir in Oakland, CA. Across the street from the West Oakland Bart Station, there’s a billboard with a picture of an infant profile, the title reads, “Black is Beautiful.” Walter Hoye III is the man behind the billboards and is the founder of an Oakland-based non-profit group called issues for life foundation. “I’m looking to raise awareness and I’m looking to create an environment for dialogue,” Hoye said. Since the billboards are in Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s district, she’s not happy about them.
(Reuters) — Outraged that her daughter’s picture was plastered on anti-abortion billboards without her consent, a New Jersey woman is suing the group that organized the campaign. The billboards featured a larger-than-life picture of Anissa Fraser, an African-American child who was then 4, and the words: “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.” They also featured the Web address Thatsabortion.com. The images were posted at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel in lower Manhattan and on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Fla., in February 2011 and October 2010, respectively, the suit says. In the complaint, filed Tuesday in New York Supreme Court, Anissa’s mother Tricia Fraser said she was never warned about the controversial ads or the websites where her daughter’s picture also appeared. The child’s visage became part of a “racist, controversial advertising campaign” organized by defendant Life Always and its affiliate Majella Cares, doing business as Heroic Media, the suit says.
(Chicago Tribune) — When a Texas minister came to Chicago last month to launch a controversial anti-abortion billboard campaign, he highlighted a statistic that some people found shocking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women account for about 36 percent of the country’s reported abortions, even though blacks are less than 13 percent of the population. So why is the black abortion rate, which is three times that of white women, so disproportionately high? Experts say it’s because black women have higher rates of unintended pregnancies, and often that’s a result of not having access to quality health care as well as the most effective contraception and sex education. Gaylon Alcaraz, the executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund, said the statistics tell only part of the story. “The abortion rate doesn’t talk about the high rate of sexual violence, such as rape and molestation, in poor black communities,” Alcaraz said. “It doesn’t tell you about the woman whose birth control failed or the college student who wants to finish school.
By Charlotte Young
Britney Monroe says she was “in the hood” of her native Chicago when she looked up and saw it. There, in bold letters, she saw for the first time the billboard that had gotten so much media attention: “The Most Dangerous Place for an African American Child is in the Womb.”
“I had mixed feelings,” she said. “The billboards made their point, but they went about it the wrong way. I don’t think it was the most politically correct way. I don’t think it should have been as specific as far as race.”
The recent torrent of anti-abortion messages plastered on billboards in major cities nationwide has re-ignited the ongoing debate about abortion. This time, the billboards incorporated the extra element of race which makes unsuspecting passerbyers like Monroe ask, why target the African American community?
Life Always is the group responsible for the aforementioned billboard being placed in Soho, New York and in Chicago, Ill. The organization placed over 30 billboards in Chicago that featured a graphic of President Barack Obama and a message that stated, “every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted.”
According to Life Always’ website, “an African American baby is three times more likely to be aborted and more African American babies have been killed by abortions since 1973 than the total number of African American deaths from AIDS, violent crimes, accidents, cancer and heart disease combined.”
“The aim of Life Always is to use media to share research and confrontational truth to empower individuals to choose life even when it’s challenging,” says Marissa Gabrysch, spokesperson from Life Always. “Our messages aim to incite people to take action in support of life.”
Though not responsible for the billboards, Rev. Clenard Howard Childress, Jr., founder of Black Genocide, says that he’s been preaching the same thing for seven years. “The billboards are an understatement,” he said. “There’s nothing as decimating as abortion in the African American community.”
Childress says the issue of abortion is something that black politicians will not discuss, which, he describes as, a “gross negligence of our leadership.”
“We have to begin to address this,” he said. “If abortion was not lucrative, it would not be legal. Many groups are paid not to talk it.”
(Chicago Tribune) — Controversial billboard ads recently unveiled in Chicago’sEnglewood neighborhood that target the disproportionately high rate of abortion in the black community have been covered by opponents less than a week after they went up. Two of the three identical ads — which feature an image of President Barack Obama and the words “Every 21 minutes our next possible leader is aborted” — were covered with fabric banners with messages scrawled in red paint. One banner says: “In 21 minutes this sign should be gone.” A second banner, which dangled from the billboard Sunday after being blown by the wind, says, “Abort Racism.”