Why a 20-week Abortion Ban is Unthinkable–One Woman’s Near Death Experience

Another side of the story that Bible-thumpers don’t ever share when they get hysterical about abortion.

ValerieTarico.com

Childbearing is inherently dangerous, and it is time that the risks of pregnancy became a part of our national conversation about contraception and abortion.

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IV_HandIf a woman grows weary and at last dies from childbearing, it matters not. Let her only die from bearing; she is there to do it.”—Martin Luther.

When Martin Luther penned his now infamous words—let her die—he was no doubt intimately familiar with death from pregnancy. In our ancestral environment, the average woman experienced 10-15 pregnancies. Without modern antibiotics, cesarean sections and drugs to stop hemorrhage, approximately one in ten women died of pregnancy, just as they do today in, for example, tribal Afghanistan.

When we think about side effects of pregnancy in the U.S., we usually picture awkward inconveniences like gas, itching, swelling, or constipation—or sucky-but-transient symptoms like morning sickness, cramps, and backaches. Cheerful pregnancy websites provide reassurance about less…

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Exodus International shuts its doors: Alan Chambers to promote “safe, welcoming, and mutually transforming communities”

Hurray!

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

Back in February I declared V-LGBT Day, saying that “the battle for marriage equality is over.” There had been a lot of significant pro-equity activity, including a huge number of corporations and influential organizations coming down publicly against the Defense of Marriage Act and several prominent GOP defections from the homophobia camp.

The last couple of days have seen two more dominoes fall – one big one and the other positively massive. First, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday became the third GOP senator to endorse marriage equality.

“I am a life-long Republican because I believe in promoting freedom and limiting the reach of government,” Murkowski wrote in an op-ed explaining her decision. “When government does act, I believe it should encourage family values. I support the right of all Americans to marry the person they love and choose because I believe doing so promotes both values: it keeps politicians…

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Do Christians Suffer from Stockholm Syndrome?

Recovering Agnostic

When discussing religion, I find it interesting how even the most thoughtful and carefully-argued apologetic eventually comes down to simple, blind faith. However many clever arguments and justifications the believer puts forward, sooner or later there comes a point where those arguments have to be reasoned from first principles, and the first step, the basis of all subsequent beliefs, is reached from reasoning which more or less amounts to “just because”.

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The signing of The Magna Carta 798 years ago today.

Stephen Liddell

This weekend marks the 798th anniversary of the signing of The Magna Carta or Great Charter.  It is known world-wide as being the founding of modern principles of democracy and individual rights and freedoms while curtailing the power of the State which at the time was King John.

King John has a bad reputation but unlike some monarchs, his is richly deserved.  He was an absolute ruler who treated his country and people with disdain.  He fought numerous wars in Europe, losing much of his land in the process, he taxed his country like never before and rarely since and even managed to lose the original crown jewels in a swamp in East Anglia (they have never been found so if you fancy making a few hundred million pounds then grab your metal detectors).  His rule was so tyrannical that it inspired folk heroes such as Robin Hood to fight…

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