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Ohio passes law barring abortion over down syndrome diagnosis. Doctors that perform the procedure would risk losing their medical licenses and a felony charge.

Ohio passes law barring abortion over down syndrome diagnosis. Doctors that perform the procedure...

So I assume they'll be offering extensive medical and care support and financial aid to paerents of Down's Syndrome children? No? Well colour me fucking shocked.

This seems completely unenforceable. The text is that it is a crime for a physician to perform an abortion if the physician has "knowledge the abortion is being sought due to a Down's syndrome diagnosis." You can't really police intent. Who is to say what the reason for seeking an abortion is? Can't women just claim it is for any other reason?

Save the fetus, fuck the child.

Save the fetus, fuck the child.

Isn't that a Catholic teaching?

e: /s, just in case

Democrat Doug Jones Defeats Republican Roy Moore In Alabama Senate Race

Democrat Doug Jones Defeats Republican Roy Moore In Alabama Senate Race
Democrat Doug Jones Defeats Republican Roy Moore In Alabama Senate Race

I just heard Moore is refusing to concede. Really, dude?

That aside, I'm grateful the bastard lost.

The black vote saved Alabama and our country.

Congratulations Alabama! May he serve you well!

Well, if you wanna be more disgusted, Moore won pretty much every single white demographic. Even white, college educated women.

The reason he lost was because black women voted 97% for Jones and black men 92%.

Moore won whites by a wide margin.

Sexism in middle school is trying to undo what I’ve taught my son

Sexism in middle school is trying to undo what I’ve taught my son

I was floored when I went to the school and was told that my 7th grade daughter would be responsible for bringing her gym uniform home, laundering it, and bringing it back while my 8th grade son would “just give it to the school for them to wash” since they didn’t trust the boys to do the same. I’m so angry! Either wash all the kids uniforms or none of them. Don’t tell my kid that if he doesn’t accomplish something (especially a historically feminine activity like laundry) that someone else will do it for them. My kids have been responsible for their own laundry for 5 years. Boys don’t wash their shit? Take off points. Easy as that. Fail them if they don’t do what they’re supposed to. Don’t coddle them. Thanks for listening.

Should I write a letter and (potentially) ruffle feathers? I’ve already made it VERY clear to my son that that is NOT how the world works.

I've never heard of a school washing gym uniforms at all. That seems weirder to me than just washing the boys' clothes.

But yeah it should be an all or nothing thing.

As a teacher, this is not okay.

Send a letter to the principal and the gym teacher. Have more letters ready if they don't respond appropriately, but give them a chance to fix their mistake before you go for the big guns. Don't be afraid to mention title IX, which states that services must be provided equally regardless of gender.

Write that letter! That is not okay for the school to do.

Teacher here.

Email teacher to get the answer in writing, but cc the principal. If you get that answer in writing, call for a conference with admin

I have a Yeast Infection, No Money, No Health Insurance, and I went to Planned Parenthood. My Visit and Treatment Was Covered by Their Insurance.

I have a Yeast Infection, No Money, No Health Insurance, and I went to Planned Parenthood. My Visit and Treatment Was Covered by Their Insurance.

[Yeast infection, Planned Parenthood, Great Review]

I’ve had a really persistent yeast infection for just over a month now and I went to planned parent hood to get it checked out. I have about 2 cents in my bank account, I am a 21 year old female. I’m currently uninsured, I’m a full time student (on my own) who is also a Resident Assistant, and works for the Campus Recycling Center. Being an RA covers my college room and board, and I get a stipend of $20 bi weekly. I work 8 hours a week at the recycling center and get about $120 bi weekly. That’s a grand total of $140 every two weeks. So I’ve been avoiding going to the doctors because I really cannot afford it. I tried using Monistat ($16) because that worked the last time I was yeasty. It didn’t work this time.

My male sexual partner has insurance so I suggested that he go to Planned Parenthood to get an STI test done just for us to be safe. He did and he came up clean, but he also went out of his way to ask about yeast infections while he was there.

Planned Parenthood explained the complications of yeast infections and that sometimes it needs a medicine to clear it up. He also asked Planned Parenthood about payment. Based on my income, the visit AND treatment would be under $30. I can afford that easily. I made my appointment despite only have 2 cents in my bank account.

I made my appointment online. It was so easy that I did it during my ecology lecture. It was a little weird having “Planned Parenthood” pop up on my phone screen, my professor probably thinks I’m pregnant now. But overall it took maybe 7 minutes.

I had my appointment yesterday morning and it went literally so well. My male partner brought me. Everyone working there was female! I had two young females assist me. They spoke to me like a real person with a real issue, and they really empathized with me. (Because all vaginas have maintenance issues at one point or another). We talked about birth control, yeast, diabetes, college, and I felt zero judgement. They got their samples and ran their tests. The yeast infection was positive, and they gave me medicine right there on the spot. One for now, and one for later. The best part was I didn’t pay a dime! Since I have 2 cents in my bank account, and because I make about $130 a every two weeks, they had me fill out an insurance application, and now I will be covered by insurance for the visit. I can even go online to complete the insurance application and be insured for a longer amount of time!

It was a really great experience for me. Knowing that I can go there for some of my medical issues makes me feel empowered and in control of my finances and health.

Edit: Wow! I just wanted to share my experience. I never expected this to make the front page! Like, this is my second post ever, that's crazy to me! Thanks for everyone who commented support and care. And thanks for everyone who reached out through DM. I've read a lot of reddit posts talking about how to care and treat yeast infections, and tons more talking about the services that Planned Parenthood offers. I wanted to give more validity to those great services and I think it's great that you all have shared home remedies that have worked for you! Now other people like me can come back to the comments on this post when they may not know what else to do. Thanks Reddit!!

I’m glad that you were able to get the help you needed. It is heartbreaking that healthcare in America is this way. We shouldn’t have to put off going to the doctor for financial reasons, that is insane. Everyone needs to keep this in mind and push for single-payer healthcare.

Does your uni have a health center? Mine in college was “free,” but I’ve heard others charged a fee like a normal doctor’s office.

*IMPORTANT: If a person needs something Planned Parenthood can not provide, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)/HRSA clinics are an excellent option. They are sliding scale based on income and are primary care practices that, depending on the clinic, may also have mental health, dental, etc. Find a clinic here: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/#

Planned Parenthood is a great resource for the services they offer- but I wanted people to know where they can go for other services.

My uni does have a health center. Visits there are free, but intrusive examinations and tests have fees that are about $30. They write prescriptions that I have to pay for at a pharmacy which are usually expensive.

So unhappy being female, I've become a recluse and deeply depressed

So unhappy being female, I've become a recluse and deeply depressed

Let me preface this by saying that I don't idealise being male. Being female just feels deeply wrong. Nowadays there are so many people trying to make themselves look like the gender they consider themselves to be and somehow I can't take them seriously. Even though I feel their pain. Maybe it's self-hatred.

I have always been pleased with the way I looked, for a female. I haven't encountered any obstacles in life due to being female. I just feel ill-equipped physically. I'm sure this type of thread pops up on here on occasion, I'm not the only one going through this but I just had to share this with someone.

There is no way I could know what being male is like. I have no idea why I am like this and I wish some neurologist would be able to to take a look at my brain and tell me "well no wonder, we've got a clearly male brain here, sucks for you". Then I could accept myself at least.

Anyone able to relate, got any ideas, anything?

I am a trans woman myself, so if you had expressed dysphoria, I would’ve agreed that you could be too. My spouse identifies as queer, and for them, how they identify falls in line with what you described. They don’t want to feel like one has to align oneself in a polarizing way, but at the same time doesn’t want female characteristics. My own personal beliefs is that you can operate anywhere on the spectrum, because it really doesn’t matter. If you have more of a disdain towards your body, maybe talk to a therapist, narrow down what you are feeling, maybe just having a neutral party to talk to will feel relieving

I just feel ill-equipped physically

Can you elaborate?

That is more of an abnormality or deficiency though that happens in 0.018 percent of the population according to Wikipedia. So while this happens, I wouldn't count it when talking about biological sex.

Funny you would say that because that's kind of how I feel about being female. It's like a disability. I didn't want to phrase it like that as to not offend all of you. I don't hate women.

I don't conform to female gender roles and I'd say I'm treated with enough respect. I suppose I'm seen as a strong and confident woman which is fine but never quite right.

I don't see transition as an option. That would just be putting artificial masculine attributes onto a female body, I really can't see the appeal.

Abortion - not sexual misconduct - is likely to decide Alabama's senate race. Why? Because Republicans care more about controlling a woman's body than they care about keeping a sexual predator out of office.

Abortion - not sexual misconduct - is likely to decide Alabama's senate race. Why? Because Republicans care more about controlling a woman's body than they care about keeping a sexual predator out of office.
Abortion - not sexual misconduct - is likely to decide Alabama's senate race. Why? Because Republ...

While I'm pro-choice, this kind of wording, from both sides, is what divides people further. To say that the average Republican voter is only pro-life so that they can have control over a women's body is completely untrue. The average Alabama Republican is against abortion because they genuinely believe that a fetus is equivalent to a live baby. It's not very hard to understand why somebody would be against aborting what they view as a live baby. Don't get me wrong, the other side does this as well.

Rhetoric like this doesn't help things. A better way to make change possible is to understand what the other side TRULY believes and help come up with a solution that you can both agree on. Why is empathy so hard?

i say this a lot on here. but I am from an uneducated working class household in the rural south with a "religious right" mentality family.

the religious right isn't open to a debate. in their minds God is on their side and siding against their political agenda and allies (i.e. the rest of the republicans) is going against God. In their minds, they think everyone on the left is "lost" without Christ and one day they will "come to Jesus, see the error of their ways" and live a "traditionally moral" life.

Smart Republicans (i.e. Karl Rove) know this, they know that abortion is condemned to highest degree in every hardcore catholic, pentecostal, baptist, and non-denominational churches across rural American and are capitalizing on it. And as /u/BoneDru already articulated these Churches have a simple mission; to control women. The ability to use contraception, plan parenthood, and have recreational sex empower women, but the scripture has a much more modest role for women and its confined to the household and wishes of their husband.

People like Karl Rove are genius, and were able to convince former union workers to vote on behalf of the management class and corporate interest citing dead babies and "the gay agenda".

you will never be able to reason with them or debate this. all we can do is educate their unplanned and unlucky children.

The average Alabama Republican is against abortion because they genuinely believe that a fetus is equivalent to a live baby.

I don't think the "average Republican" is lying in the sense that they claim to care about babies while being perfectly aware that they don't care about babies.

But their policy choices cause more abortions. That's clear, it's not even controversial. That is not consistent with the values they claim. And, golly gee, all their "solutions" involve controlling women's bodies one way or another.

If you truly want fewer abortions to happen, and you care about that to the exclusion of everything else, you really have to vote Democratic. There's just no contest.

Why is empathy so hard?

Trying to figure out what and how Republicans really think is empathy, isn't it?

I also think the title is a bit unfair to Republicans -- the abortion fight never struck me as being about controlling a woman's body so much as a (IMO artificial) moral issue. That said, at this point bothering with charitable wording seems pointless: the past has shown us compromise on this issue is impossible.

US teen birth rate drops to all time low. Gee, I wonder why?! Is it because of all that abstinence only education? Or because access to contraception is at an all time high thanks to Obamacare? My money is on the latter.

US teen birth rate drops to all time low. Gee, I wonder why?! Is it because of all that abstinence only education? Or because access to contraception is at an all time high thanks to Obamacare? My money is on the latter.
US teen birth rate drops to all time low. Gee, I wonder why?! Is it because of all that abstinenc...

While this is a good thing, the study clearly shows the rate has been declining since the 90's, and the current rate of decrease has been pretty constant since 2007, 3 years before the ACA was passed.

The article also states that condoms are still the primary form of BC, which are not covered by the ACA.

And saying condoms are a cheap, easily accessible and tested form of Birth control will get you piled on this sub.

Teenagers are also just having less sex than a generation ago. There was a study recently showing that teenagers are taking longer these days to start doing adult things.

The purpose of insurance is not to pay for things that are cheap and affordable. That's the exact opposite of what insurance is for.

Insurance is designed as a risk mitigation service. It's not meant to be a wealth redistribution service.

Glee star Naya Rivera charged with domestic violence against her husband

Glee star Naya Rivera charged with domestic violence against her husband
Glee star Naya Rivera charged with domestic violence against her husband

This is such a disappointment.

In other news, the way this article is written is also highly disappointing...why is it mentioning what she was wearing when she was arrested and the fact that she had an abortion? Neither of them are of any pertinence.

The Glee cast are all shady as heck.

Best to get everything out in the open and have lawful repercussions. The domestic abuse issue is pervasive and can't be tolerated irrespective of gender.

My ex-wife would get physical with me sometimes. It sucked because I couldn't do anything and didn't want to involve the police because I feared they'd make it worse for me. So I was just stuck there. It's awful. And as mad as I got, I never ever hit her. I wanted to. I wanted to deck her so bad sometimes, but I controlled myself. I would always try and walk away, but she would follow me until I'd lock myself in the bathroom to create some distance.

I'm glad this woman got arrested. She deserves it if she hit that guy. She's not a child. She needs to keep her damn hands to herself.

Police Were Told To Keep Roy Moore Away From High School Cheerleaders, Retired Officer Says

Police Were Told To Keep Roy Moore Away From High School Cheerleaders, Retired Officer Says

The 70-year-old former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court

Yet somehow.. he made his way up to a chief justice in Alabama..

TWICE.

And he was removed TWICE.

Once for keeping a statue of the ten commandments outside the courthouse (when a federal judge ordered him to remove it)

And once for enforcing the state's ban on same-sex marriage (even though it was unconstitutional).

The ironic part is that they get annoyed that the rest of us look down on them..

But then, when they do get an opportunity to show the country that they're not moronic religious zealots, they completely fuck it up.. and PROVE their ignorance to everyone.

Obviously this is just the extremely vocal minority that shows up to voice their crazy views.. but the rest of the state isn't helping much by being apathetic.

Alabama has always amazed me in how backwards they can be.

The Texas budget includes $20 million more in funding for a controversial program that seeks to discourage women from getting abortions. Republicans claim they don't want taxpayer dollars spent in regard to abortion, but apparently they're fine with it as long as it is spent discouraging abortion.

The Texas budget includes $20 million more in funding for a controversial program that seeks to d...

Lol I'd actually be fine with it being spent discouraging abortion in a proven way, like I don't know PROVIDING FREE BIRTH CONTROL.

During the Obama administration, the abortion rate actually fell to the lowest point since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973. It fell by 14% just between 2011 and 2014, during the time period that the birth control mandate went into effect. Link.

The democratic party did more to reduce the number of abortions in 8 years than the Republicans have done by screaming about it for the past 4 decades.

I know a great program that has had proven success in reducing the number of women seeking abortions: it's called birth control.

You want to discourage abortion? Fund sex education and make health coverage include birth control. Simple as that.

Unless this fight is really less about abortion and more about controlling women's bodies....🤔

Try one of these subthreads