Stupak Amendment and Abortion

This is an incredible article on South Dakota’s approval of the ban on abortion. Full article found here, on RhealityCheck.org

I always considered myself pro-choice, but was never involved in the movement until South Dakota’s State Legislature passed an abortion ban and Governor Mike Rounds signed it into law.

Pro-Choice Activists joined forces and The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families was formed.  According to the SDCHF website in less than 10 weeks, the organization successfully collected more than twice the number of petition signatures required to refer that abortion ban to a vote of the people using an all-volunteer force. With the help of our volunteers and supporters throughout the state, the abortion ban was defeated by a wide margin- – 11 points!

As a resident of South Dakota I followed news reports on the ban and the grassroots efforts to defeat the ban. I was hoping the ban would be defeated, but hadn’t given it much thought because as a married mother of two beautiful children, I knew we would welcome a third child and would never need an abortion, so the law wouldn’t affect me.

In 2006 I became pregnant and was thrilled.  After landing in the hospital with a severe kidney infection at 19-weeks gestation, I received my first ultrasound, leaving us shocked and thrilled to see we were expecting identical twin boys.

The joy didn’t last when our babies were diagnosed with Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome.  Webmd.com explains that Twin-twin transfusion syndrome as “the most serious complication of identical twins. It starts in the womb when one twin gets too much blood and the other not enough. The outcome for both twins is grim.”

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the science of woman and things that just suck

The folks at Healthapalooza have made my sick little night (yes, I’m still sick).

In a Special Reports entry from this summer, they reveal some interesting things about women that may or may not be true. Some of it makes sense… some of it’s just unfortunate if it is true. Enjoy some highlights:

 

BREAST IMPLANTS ARE LINKED TO SUICIDE

Several studies have documented an increased risk of suicide in women who have breast implants. A Swedish study published in 2007 found women with breast implants were nearly three times more likely to commit suicide compared to women without the implants. According to the study the increased suicide risk did not appear until 10-years after the breast augmentation surgery. But twenty years after the surgery the researchers found the rate of suicide in women with implants was six times the expected rate. Some studies have found women with breast implants also have triple the risk of dying from drugs or alcohol.
RED WINE MAY BOOST A WOMAN’S LIBIDO

Doctors from the University of Florence in Italy say a glass or two of red wine may boost a woman’s level of sexual interest. They studied more than 800 normal women and found women who enjoyed drinking 1-2 glasses of red wine had higher levels of sexual desire compared to women who drank other forms of alcohol or those who abstained. It is possible compounds in red wine increase blood flow to key areas.
300 ORGASMS A DAY!

Women suffering from a rare condition called Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome, or PSAS, can have 300 orgasms each day or more. The orgasms in women with PSAS are usually unrelated to sexual activity or sexual thoughts, and they often occur at inappropriate and embarrassing times. In fact the orgasms come so frequently they cease to be pleasurable. Brain abnormalities have been found in some cases, but the cause of most cases remains a mystery.
FERTILE STRIPPERS MAKE MORE MONEY

New Mexican psychologist Geoffrey Miller studied female strippers and found they earn more tips in the week before their period than any other time during the menstrual cycle. This is the time of peak fertility, and Miller theorizes pheromones are signaling the men and causing them to tip larger amounts. In fact during peak fertility exotic dancers made twice as much money as they did when they were menstruating. The same study also found women on ‘the pill’ did not experience the monetary increase during this most fertile time.

 

Maggie Estep

I’ve really not been much of a “fuck men” type of woman most of my life. The common stereotype (sadly) is that women think of men as idiots or that they need to be “trained” like dogs or something. I like acknowledging the differences between genders and such, even the annoying ones, and I really do like men.

But hot damn do I ever hate the guys who seem to have no ears. Only horny eyes, small cocks and all the persistence of the sperm they carry in their malformed nuts, that hit on you on the street.

One of the first videos I saw that was a good tongue and cheeky cranky take on the whole thing is this one, “Hey Baby” by Maggie Estep. One of my fierce NY/NJ poets who I guess randomly had a band at one point. She did her best work doing the megacreepy readings over the brilliant Recoil tracks Recoil’s “Unsound Methods” is a PHENOMENAL fucking album. Do check it out if you like smoky triphoppy stuff with crazy spoken word and singing. Done by Alan Wilder, the man who should NOT HAVE LEFT Depeche Mode.

I’m going back to bed now.

 

more response

  1. I felt successful when I recognize the changes in my interior being reflected on my exterior. A calmer, more assured me has emerged.
  2. My biggest accomplishment so far, was to take some time to find myself and begin all over again.
  3. What I love most about myself is the need to learn all I can, about life; others; myself; everything.
  4. The motto I tell myself to get moving is… We didn’t do all this, to be caught sitting atop the fence posts of life. Run, girl, run- run through the fields and enjoy. You will be okay, I promise.

winspiration: women involved and growing

As part of an ongoing project, I’m asking women questions about their lives and what makes them tick. In this round, these are questions I’ve asked.

1 – What makes you feel successful?
2 – What’s your biggest accomplishment so far?
3 – What do you love most about yourself?
4 – Do you have a motto you tell yourself to get yourself moving and doing that you’d like to share?

Woman 1

1. The process of awakening.
2. Motherhood, definitely. To bring life into the world, and the lessons learned from it, are amazing.
3. My compassionate nature
4. For every good there is a bad, for every bad there is a good. This is strongly inspiring to me!

Woman 2

1. when i remain positive even when surrounded by negativity
2. my family…my kids so far are beautiful loving souls.
3. strong &loving personality. Also being forgiving has given me so much more then i ever thought.
4. i am gonna make my day a good one. Isay this to myself that iam in control….sometimes i really need the reminder.

Woman 3

1. I’ve learned to not worry about “success” or feeling “successful”, and instead to focus on the journey. This has to do with both living in the moment and living for the future, but without worrying too much about goals and accomplishments per se. Every life is different, and every part of life has its own challenges, experiences, insights, and rewards to offer.

2. Again, this is hard to answer, because if I think in terms of accomplishment, I always feel very unaccomplished. But if pressed, I think I would look to two places: my own soul-making (theosis), and networks of relationality (not just specific relationships with other people, but also capacities to nurture relationship, whether between myself and others, or between two other parties, or even institutional relationships or relations of ideas, if that makes sense).

3. That’s a hard one. Everything has to be loved into existence, so I think what I love most about myself changes and has to do with the places I see God working in or through me. Also, because the self is so relational, I think that loving myself is actually located outside me, in the world around me, in relationships.

4. “Sculpt the negative space,” which means, “Exploit your weaknesses.” I coined both of these in college after doing an art project where I chose to work with negative space because of my terrible lack of precision working with the positive space.

Woman 4

1. Completing a writing project or a work day with the knowledge that I’ve completed tasks correctly and to the best of my ability gives my a certain sense of satisfaction.
2. This is a difficult question because I honestly don’t feel like I have accomplished anything worthwhile in my life up to this point. I suppose I just have to keep trying and hope that someday I might arrive at a milestone worth mentioning.
3. My sense of independence: I like the fact that relying on others is something I only do as a last resort because doing so allows me to place my hope/faith in my own strength.
4.My path is my own. No one can walk it for me.

1. Completing a writing project or a work day with the knowledge that I’ve completed tasks correctly and to the best of my ability gives my a certain sense of satisfaction.
2. This is a difficult question because I honestly don’t feel like I have accomplished anything worthwhile in my life up to this point. I suppose I just have to keep trying and hope that someday I might arrive at a milestone worth mentioning.
3. My sense of independence: I like the fact that relying on others is something I only do as a last resort because doing so allows me to place my hope/faith in my own strength.
4.My path is my own. No one can walk it for me.

Tomorrow: “women and the media – say what?!”