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Stats to know about abortion in the United States!

January 17, 2008 Leave a comment

So, our culture is permeated with the thoughts about teenage girls getting pregnant and being the only people that get abortions. Wrong! Some new stats (although some of you might have already known this) show…

Half of the roughly 1.2 million U.S. women who have abortions each year are 25 or older. Only about 17 per cent are teens. About 60 per cent have given birth to least one child prior to getting an abortion.

That’s pretty significant. Women who are having abortions are doing it in a reasonable manner and they’ve thought about it. Are we really going to condemn a woman over 25 for making her own decisions about her body? Is she too immature to make this decision? That’s a big, fat NO. But our society doesn’t think about these women. They only think about the misinformed (about sex ed, that is) teenagers who are getting pregnant and contemplating abortion. Which is something that I also think is very, very reasonable. I personally know of a 13 year old who has a child right now. She got pregnant when she was 12, by a 19 year old…and she’s now a single mother forever. Should she really have had that child? No. But it’d done now. Anyway, that was a total tangent…

Some other interesting stats say a lot about the socio-economic structure of our society as well. These prove to
me that abortion is not the problem, other underlying factors are. (Even though I already knew that)

But year after year the statistics reveal that black women and economically struggling women — who have above-average rates of unintended pregnancies — are far more likely than others to have abortions. About 13 per cent of American women are black, yet new figures from the Centers for Disease Control show they account for 35 per cent of the abortions.

Instead of the United States government trying to ban abortion, they should be dealing with the economy, poverty and other social inequalities in society. Saying abortion is the worst thing under the sun is just a band-aid for a bullet wound.

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Uh, I freaking love these women!

January 7, 2008 1 comment

A group of women in India have started their own political party. Rock on. That’s so sweet! Suman Krishan Kant is the president of this 100 member (almost) all-women political party, who is also the widow of the former vice president, Krishan Kumar Kant.

“It is for the first time in the history of India that a national political party has been formed by women,” she says. “In fact it is the only party of women in the world. We need to ensure that the issues of priority concern to half of its population remain in the forefront of the pressing issues on India’s national agenda.”

Presently, women only hold 8 percent of seats in parliament, and the party wants that to change to 50 percent, which would be an amazing thing to see, but it’s also an amazing task to take on at the same time. It is true that some women do hold top seats in parliament, but that is few and far between, as gender inequality is still rampant in India, even though women have legal equality.

In November, the World Economic Forum’s latest gender gap index put India among the world’s 10 most gender-biased economies, with women’s participation in the paid work force at 36 percent.

Wow. These women are completely extraordinary and inspirational. And they make the point of “not hating men, and wanting and needing their support,” which is really great, because it’s about equality, and working together to create a better world; not squashing the other gender. It is just so encouraging to see something like this happen in India, and like Kant said, it really is the only (almost) all-women’s political party. Just, so cool. I love these women.

Truer words have never been spoken!

January 3, 2008 Leave a comment

Scared of Bush

Sure, he’s not quite my president, but if I were an American citizen…I’d be scared shitless of what my president would do next! And as the northern neighbour, Bush is still the one I’m afraid of. (Even though he’s such a dope)

Women are being killed in Basra for “Westernization”

December 11, 2007 Leave a comment

I’d say that this is very serious. Women are being killed because they don’t look “Islamic” enough with their dress. And even some men are being killed at the same time.

The police said women were being apprehended by men patrolling on motorbikes or in cars with tinted windows before being murdered and dumped in piles of rubbish with notes saying they were killed for “un-Islamic behaviour”. He said men had been victims of similar attacks.

Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the rise of Iraq’s Shia-dominated government, armed men have forced women to cover their heads or face punishment. In parts of the predominantly Shia south, even Christian women have been forced to wear headscarves. In some areas of Basra, graffiti warns women that forgoing the headscarf and wearing make-up “will bring you death”.

There is so much oppression and misogyny going on here. The new Shia dominated government isn’t any better than the former Sunni government. The war in Iraq has created a huge mess, and we all know that. And there are three wars essentially going on. Of course, Iraq and America, a civil war between the Sunnis and the Shiites and this mental, emotional and political war between America and the rest of the world. It’s a lot more complicated than that, but you get my drift.

That got a little off track, but it’s not something to forget about in our everyday lives. This is a humanitarian issue, but a major feminist issue as well.

How am I not surprised?

December 2, 2007 Leave a comment

Bush has proposed a budget that would cut half a million people from the WIC program (Women, Infants, and Children). People who obviously need this program to survive.

Bush has proposed $5.4 billion in funding to serve about 8.3 million people. However, the caseload has increased to 8.5 million. Also, prices for products like milk and cheese, which account for about 40% of WIC food costs, have increased. Because of that, the proposed spending level will cut about 500,000 people from the WIC program, reports USA Today.

This program is a necessity, and it’s a good program, although I’m sure it has it’s rough spots. It’s important that the budget for this program be greater, but I honestly can’t expect much from Bush anymore. I hope that the next President will care about people who aren’t straight, white, males.

Go, New Jersey!

November 12, 2007 Leave a comment

It’s pretty self-explanatory!

New Jersey voters have elected a record 34 women lawmakers to the 120-member state legislature. Before last week’s election, women made up less than 20% of New Jersey’s state legislature. With the newly elected women, that number will jump to 28%.

New Jersey is now in 15th place in terms of female representation, along side California and Connecticut. Previously, it was in 43rd place, along side with Alabama and Mississippi.

A sex education debate! Yay!

November 4, 2007 Leave a comment

The debate is “Are schools encouraging kids to have sex?

Shaunti Feldhahn thinks so,

King Middle School in Portland, Maine, has handed out condoms to 11-year-olds since 2000. And the school board just decided to provide prescription contraceptives without parental approval. So the school nurse can know a young girl is sexually active, privately put her on the pill so she can avoid pregnancy and keep that knowledge from parents who want to teach their daughter about sexual choices. If this isn’t encouraging students toward sex, I don’t know what is.

Should kids be having sex at 11? No. But unfortunately, some kids do decide to have sex at 11 and they need the proper education and protection. And parents can still teach their kids about sex and try to persuade their sexual choices, but in the end, it’s not their choice. And we all know we have to get to these kids early now! They are bombarded with sex…everywhere.

Oh right, and we know that abstinence-only education doesn’t help one bit, and it’s pretty much a pile of crap, so even if kids are taught abstinence-only, they will still have sex. Probably without protection.

Moving onto Andrea Sarvady, who thinks that schools aren’t encouraging kids to have sex. And she does the beat down on abstinence-only education!

Pregnant teens? No one wants that. Yet I doubt the solution lies with people like Pam Stenzel, a Bush appointee to the Department of Health and Human Service’s task force for abstinence education guidelines. Here’s Stenzel, when she thinks she’s among “friends,” addressing the effectiveness of an abstinence-only curriculum at a religious convention: “I don’t care if it works, because at the end of the day . . . I’m answering to God.”

Oh, and…

She adds: “AIDS is not the enemy . . . a hysterectomy at 20 is not the enemy . . . An unplanned pregnancy is not the enemy. My child believing that they can . . . sin without consequence . . . spending eternity separated from God, is the enemy!”

This is sick! Where has religious freedom gone in the United States? I mean, that’s not what we’re talking about here…but it sure seems like the government is simply pushing abstinence-only education on every youth, whether they are Christian or not, because the Christian Bible forewarns of pre-marital sex. I really have no problem with this being taught in homes or churches, but to bring abstinence-only into schools under this condition is simply not right.

Ran a little tangent there, didn’t I? The point is, we really do need youth educated about sex and they need to know the protection that is out there and they need to use it when having sex. Sex is going to happen, and the government, as well as some conservative Christians need to stop denying this.