Showing posts with label pregnancy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pregnancy. Show all posts

Monday, October 06, 2014

Hey do you know how Fundamentalists always say that life begins at conception? The Mayo Clinic would like to politely disagree with that.

So for decades now the anti-abortion movement has been telling anybody who will listen, and many who are actively trying to run out of earshot, that life begins at conception.

They use this argument to not only fight against abortion, but to argue against emergency contraception pills, like Plan B.

However most people with even a rudimentary understanding of biology recognizes that a fertilized human egg is really not viable at conception, and in fact multiple billions of them never make it past the fertilization stage.

If you do not believe me, then here let the Mayo Clinic explain it better:

Weeks 1 and 2: Getting ready 

It might seem strange, but you're not actually pregnant the first week or two of the time allotted to your pregnancy. Yes, you read that correctly! 

Conception typically occurs about two weeks after your last period begins. To calculate your due date, your health care provider will count ahead 40 weeks from the start of your last period. This means your period is counted as part of your pregnancy — even though you weren't pregnant at the time. 

Week 3: Fertilization 

The sperm and egg unite in one of your fallopian tubes to form a one-celled entity called a zygote. If more than one egg is released and fertilized, you might have multiple zygotes. 

The zygote typically has 46 chromosomes — 23 from you and 23 from the father. These chromosomes help determine your baby's sex, traits such as eye and hair color, and, to some extent, personality and intelligence. 

Soon after fertilization, the zygote travels down the fallopian tube toward the uterus. At the same time, it will begin dividing to form a cluster of cells resembling a tiny raspberry — a morula.

Week 4: Implantation 

By the time it reaches the uterus, the rapidly dividing ball of cells — now known as a blastocyst — has separated into two sections. 

The inner group of cells will become the embryo. The outer group will become the cells that nourish and protect it. On contact, the blastocyst will burrow into the uterine wall for nourishment. This process is called implantation. 

The placenta, which will nourish your baby throughout the pregnancy, also begins to form.

Week 5: The embryonic period begins 

The fifth week of pregnancy, or the third week after conception, marks the beginning of the embryonic period. 

This is when the baby's brain, spinal cord, heart and other organs begin to form.


Kind of makes a difference when you recognize just how long it takes before a zygote even begins to look like an actual baby, don't you think?

The anti-abortion movement likes to use truly horrific images to upset people, but the facts are that the majority of abortions happen during the first trimester when the zygote/fetus is really one or two inches long, and it still quite undeveloped.

And if a woman takes an emergency contraception medication the chances are extremely good that the fertilized egg has not even attached itself to the uterine wall yet. And therefore is not yet, by medical standards, a viable pregnancy.

You would think that knowing that, anti-abortion activists would be all for contraception, both preventative and emergency, but they are not.

And the reason they are not is because this has nothing to do with saving potential human beings, and everything to do with oppressing women and making sure that there is a cost to any recreational sex that does not abide by the rules dictated in their morality.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fake abortion clinics that manipulate women seeking help.

Courtesy of Vice News:  

Women across America who are seeking abortions are accidentally booking appointments at crisis pregnancy centers—pro-life, government-funded religious centers that don't provide abortions, but instead try to talk women out of terminating their pregnancies. 

VICE News investigated the misleading practices used by crisis pregnancy centers to draw in women with unplanned pregnancies, and the misinformation that is spread to discourage them from pursuing abortions.

Shut down legitimate clinics, and then use the now empty space to open a religiously based fake clinic, who provide misinformation and shame to force women to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.

Sounds like just about every other tactic used by the religious right.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

New Republican backed program of putting pregnancy tests in bar bathrooms to fight fetal alcohol syndrome demonstrates a lack of understanding concerning women, drinking, and FAS.

Courtesy of the New York Daily News:

A state-funded research project will offer free pregnancy tests at 20 bars in Alaska to stop expectant mothers from boozing. 

The University of Alaska has $400,000 to study if women are more likely to forego alcohol if a poster is pasted on a dispenser rather than a wall, reported the Anchorage Daily News. 

The project was proposed in March by Sen. Pete Kelly (R-Alaska) to flood bars and restaurants with tests to tackle birth defects and substance abuse problems in Alaska. 

Researchers claim Alaska has the highest rate of fetal alcohol syndrome because of frequent alcohol use among its female residents. 

The new study will target women with unexpected pregnancies with the help of a Minnesota nonprofit, Healthy Brains for Children, who installed the first pregnancy test dispenser in a bar in 2012 to curb fetal alcohol syndrome. 

Unlike the Minnesota dispensers, the tests in Alaska will be offered for free starting in December.

Okay while I appreciate that Pete Kelly wants to do SOMETHING about this terrible problem, it might help if he understood what the fuck he was trying to stop.

First off I think it is pretty clear that these machines will be treated as jokes by women in bars who will undoubtedly empty the machines every night just for shits and giggles, or to stock up for the future.

Second I work with the community most impacted by FAS, and the vast majority of the children are natives from rural communities, where there are few bars, and more drinking in the homes. Therefore even if this COULD have an impact, it won't impact the demographic that needs it the most.

Third there has already been a more thoughtful program launched in 2000, that actually DID have some favorable results:

The state has documented a 32 percent drop in the rate of Alaska children born with fetal alcohol syndrome. A state health official is attributing the decline largely to programs started under a multi-year, $29 million grant former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens obtained in a 2000 congressional earmark. 

The state used the money for both prevention and treatment of fetal alcohol syndrome, which occurs if a mother drinks during pregnancy. The state launched a multi-media campaign to educate people, and set up teams around the state to work with fetal alcohol kids. 

The findings of this program might well have helped this Pete Kelly guy if he had bothered to study what they discovered.  

The decline in the rate of fetal alcohol births was all due to a reduction in cases among Alaska Natives, Schoellhorn's report says. The rate of non-Native FAS births did not drop. 

It's not clear why that's the case, she said. 

Casto said she believes Alaska Native health organizations have strongly emphasized screening and intervention for pregnant women and women of child-bearing age. 

"They have recognized it as a huge problem. They are making an active and forceful effort to intervene." 

Yes well the number of cases in non-native births did not drop because they are already quite low already, and the number of native FAS births dropped because the program focused on education and prevention. Not simply installing dispensers in restaurant bathrooms and hoping for the best.

But hey, do you know what would have a HUGE effect on bringing down the number of FAS births?

Greater access to birth control, and sex education.

However Senator Kelly will have none of that.

I mean sure encouraging women to piss on a stick in a public restroom is reasonable, but offering them the opportunity to forgo unwanted pregnancies, take control of their lives, and plan when and with whom to start a family, well that's just social engineering. 

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Well this is certainly going to send Bristol around the bend.

Picture courtesy of TMZ. Obviously.
So it looks like Levi and Sunny are about to have another bundle of joy.

And look they don't even have to lie about the pregnancy. Just another way in which Levi is NOT like the Palins.

Gee one wonders how having an actual marriage, with, not one, but two siblings in the home, will affect the judge's determination when they go back to court on July 31st to discuss Tripp's custody situation?

By the way apparently that picture was sent to friends and  family, not sure how TMZ got their hands on it.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Young woman films her own abortion in order to placate women's fears of the procedure.

Courtesy of the Emily's You Tube page:  

This is my story. This is ONLY my story. I do not pretend that it is anything more or anything less. I do not speak for everyone on this sensitive subject and I respect everyone's opinions as long as they do not force them onto others. 

My dearest hope is that someone somewhere will see this and it will provide some guidance, strength, support, or whatever else they need in that moment. I want to tell that person that you are not alone. Having an abortion does not make you a bad person, a bad woman, a bad mother. Having an abortion does not make you guilty. It is simply one step in your reproductive story. You are not alone. I am here for you. We are all here for you. 

As you can imagine there has been quite a backlash against Emily for posting this video. You can read more about that over at HuffPo.

Remember nobody is pro abortion, but neither should they feel justified in telling any woman what to do with their bodies. This is an incredibly personal decision, and the fact that this young woman was courageous enough to share it with the world is admirable. Especially considering the hate and vitriol she is about to receive.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

South Carolina Senate subcommittee seeks to extend "Stand your Ground" defense to include unborn fetuses. So where does the baby get the gun exactly?

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

A Senate subcommittee in South Carolina is seeking to expand the state’s “Stand Your Ground” defense law to include protections for all children, including unborn ones, beginning from the moment of conception. 

Current South Carolina law permits the use of deadly force to protect oneself or others against “imminent peril of death or great bodily injury.” According to Republican State Senators Chip Campsen and Greg Hembree, by that definition the law does not fully apply to pregnant women, since injuries that they face might not put them in “peril of death or great bodily injury,” but could put their fetuses in just such jeopardy. 

Democratic State Senator Brad Hutto shared with The State his concern that any new law would be redundant, as it is already legal for a pregnant woman to respond with deadly force. He asked supporters of the measures — three are currently pending — to provide him with an example in which an unborn child’s life would be threatened when the mother’s isn’t. 

The subcommittee passed a bill it called “The Pregnant Women’s Protection Act,” but abortion-rights activists claim the name of the bill is a misnomer used to disguise the fact that this bill is actually a back-door effort to grant constitutional rights to embryos from the moment of conception.

You know, the only thing that stops a bad fetus with a gun, is a good fetus with a gun.

I swear these idiots will do just about ANYTHING to try and restrict a woman's right to choose.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Come on Alaska can't we do better than this?

Courtesy of Salon: 

An Alaska Republican is pushing to put free pregnancy tests in bars in order to discourage pregnant people from drinking, but thinks that providing no-cost birth control in the same manner is “social engineering.” 

In an interview with the Anchorage Daily News, state Sen. Pete Kelly explained his dream of putting pregnancy tests in public restrooms thusly: “So if you’re drinking — if you’re out at the big birthday celebration and you’re kind of like, ‘Gee, I wonder if I …,’ You can just go in the bathroom and there should be a plastic, Plexiglas bowl in there [filled with free pregnancy tests.]” 

While I’m not entirely convinced that clubgoers will feel inclined to piss on a stick in the middle of a “big birthday celebration,” I’m definitely in favor of making pregnancy tests free and widely available in places like public restrooms. (A savvy Alaskan would be well served to stash a few of the free tests to have on hand at more convenient, less public moments.) 

But when asked about another sensible reproductive health proposal — making birth control free and widely available — Kelly balked. 

“No, because the thinking is a little opposite. This assumes that if you know, you’ll act responsibly. Birth control is for people who don’t necessarily want to act responsibly,” he explained. “That’s — I’m not going to tell them what to do, or help them do it, that’s their business. But if we have a pregnancy test, because someone just doesn’t know. That’s probably a way we can help them.” 

When the person interviewing Kelly suggested that using birth control may also be responsible, Kelly replied, “Maybe, maybe not. That’s a level of social engineering that we don’t want to get into. All we want to do is make sure that people are informed and they’ll make the right decision.”

So it IS responsible to pee on a stick before drinking in a bar to determine whether or not you are pregnant first, but NOT responsible to use birth control to keep that from happening in the first place?

Okay that's going to kill some brain cells. 

Sometimes there is so much stupid up here that I am afraid to leave my house

Monday, March 10, 2014

Pregnant woman accidentally shot to death by her husband, a state trooper.

Courtesy of Philly.com:  

Police released the identity of a pregnant woman accidentally shot to death Friday afternoon in Montgomery County by her husband, a state trooper. 

JoAnne Miller, who was 22 weeks pregnant, was taken to Mercy Suburban Hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper body. She died soon after she was admitted. Doctors performed an unsuccessful emergency cesarean. "The baby never had its own breathing or heartbeat," said the Montgomery County coroner, Walter Hofman. 

The shooting in the home on the 3000 block of Stony Creek Road in East Norriton occurred around 2:30 p.m. Friday, police said. The officer pulled the trigger while taking apart his .45-caliber handgun for cleaning but did not realize the gun was loaded, police said. 

I am not going to make any snide remarks because this is truly a tragedy.

However it is instructional in showing that any gun introduced into a household is far likelier to put the inhabitants in danger than to protect them, even when the gun is in the hands of somebody trained to use it for protection.

This gun had a purpose, and that purpose is ostensibly to protect life, but in reality a gun is only good for one thing. And that is the taking of life.

In this case the life of a mother and her unborn child.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Did Bristol Palin's ghostwriter not see Dancing with the Stars?

So this was posted on Brancy's blog earlier today:

I came across this Scripture and wanted to pass it along. 

“The blessing of The Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.” Proverbs 10:22 

This reminds me of that old saying “you’re either sleeping well, or eating well.” 

Well, the good news is that you can have both with God’s blessing! 

It reminds me of when I was on Dancing with the Stars, especially the first time. I knew God’s plan for my life would always be bigger and better than a reality show. I knew whatever was to happen, would happen. 

There’s freedom in that. 

God has given me so much! That means I’m able to “sleep well,” and ”eat well” with all of his blessings.

Okay I am not exactly sure what this means because I am, what do you call it, sane. 

Wonkette tried to make sense of it, but I think they might have hurt themselves in the attempt.

However what jumped out at me were these portions:

“you’re either sleeping well, or eating well.” 

And....

It reminds me of when I was on Dancing with the Stars, especially the first time. I knew God’s plan for my life would always be bigger and better than a reality show.

Now that of course cannot help but remind all of us of these pictures.

Bristol 11-23-10 right after the end of DWTS
11-24-10
Now why would Bristol's ghostwriter type up a post about eating well that mentions her first go around on DWTS when the whole country was trying to figure out how somebody supposedly training for up to seven hours a day could gain 30 to 40 pounds, when every contestant previously, and since, lost weight at a dramatic rate?

I mean is she TRYING to invite ridicule?

Or perhaps Nancy French is trying to tell us something about Bristol's current condition.

Things that make you go, hmmm.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Controversial new book claims that smoking and drinking by a pregnant woman increases the chance her child will be gay. I imagine this is from the well known study entitled "Look What I Pulled Out of My Ass."

Courtesy of the Daily Mail:  

Women who suffer stress during pregnancy increase the chance of their child being gay, according to a controversial new book. 

The lifestyle of pregnant mothers affects the sexuality of their unborn child, altering their hormones and the formation of their brains, it claims. 

Smoking or taking drugs can also result in a child who grows up to be gay, according to the book by Dutch neuroscientist Dick Swaab, which is yet another chapter in the debate about the origins and causes of homosexuality. 

Professor Swaab believes that a child’s sexuality is determined in the womb and cannot be altered, while others argue that it is affected by upbringing or ‘selected’ as a lifestyle choice. 

In his book, We Are Our Brains, he writes: ‘Although it’s frequently assumed that development after birth also importantly affects our sexual orientation, there’s no proof of this whatsoever. 

‘Children brought up by lesbians aren’t more likely to be homosexual. Nor is there any evidence at all for the misconception that homosexuality is a “lifestyle choice”.’ 

Professor Swaab says that the development of the brain during pregnancy is altered by the tiniest of chemical changes. 

As an example, he claims that a drug prescribed to two million mothers to combat miscarriages during the 1940s and 1950s increased the likelihood of bisexuality and homosexuality in their unborn children. 

‘Pre-birth exposure to nicotine or amphetamines also increases the likelihood of lesbian daughters,’ he writes in the book. 

‘Pregnant woman suffering from stress are also more likely to give birth to homosexual children, because their raised levels of the stress hormone cortisol affect the production of fetal sex hormones.’ 

Professor Swaab also claims that a boy with a number of older brothers is more inclined to be gay, and that nature made teenagers annoying to curb incest, and that difficult births produce children with schizophrenia, autism, and anorexia.

You know, because all of that makes so much sense.

Perhaps somebody should point out to the professor that homosexuality has been a component of human sexuality since the beginning of time, and well before the discovery of tobacco and even alcoholic beverages.

Not only that but homosexuality is wide spread among mammals, birds, and fish. When was the last time you saw a pregnant dolphin getting hammered during happy hour?

Look while I applaud any effort to keep pregnant women from smoking and drinking, because it really IS bad for their babies, this is simply ridiculous and should not be used to frighten expectant mothers into thinking they are responsible for the sexuality of their fetus, simply becasue they had a glass of wine before they decided to pee on stick.

And by the way, for the record, my ex-wife did not drink nor smoke, and had the most carefree pregnancy imaginable. So I feel pretty comfortable calling bullshit on this book. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Seem's fair.

You know somehow I don't think the church, nor the GOP, would get so worked up over fighting medication inspired erections as they do over pregnancies prevented, or terminated, through medication.

Hmm, I wonder why?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Well it's official, if a Michigan woman does not want to carry her rapists baby to term she needs to think ahead and buy "rape insurance."

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

The Republican-dominated Michigan state legislature pushed through a bill on Wednesday requiring women to purchase separate insurance policies if they want to have an abortion, the Detroit Free Press reported. 

“I don’t think elective abortion should be a part of insurance,” state Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) told the Free Press. “This doesn’t affect access to abortion. It will still be legal when this law takes effect. Who should be required to pay? Not Michigan taxpayers.” 

However, the law, which takes effect in early 2014, will also ban women from purchasing the policy after becoming pregnant under any circumstances, including rape and incest, causing opponents to refer to it as a policy on “rape insurance.” 

The bill passed by a 27-11 margin in the Senate, and a 62-47 vote in the House, mostly along party lines. According to the Associated Press, state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) said during the debate that she was raped 20 years ago. 

“Thank God it didn’t result in a pregnancy because I can’t imagine going through what I went through and then having to consider what to do about an unwanted pregnancy from an attacker,” Whitmer was quoted as saying. “If this were law then and I had become pregnant, I would not be able to have coverage because of this. How extreme, how extreme does this measure need to be?” 

Supporters of the law cited a petition drive by the anti-abortion group Right To Life that gathered 315,477 signatures — covering about 4 percent of the state’s population — as a response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s (R) vetoing a similar bill in 2012 as a reason to avoid a statewide referendum on this year’s bill, saying residents in each of the state’s 83 counties signed the petition.

I guess being raped once in Michigan is simply not sufficient.

They would rather you be raped and be forced to give birth to your attacker's child, or purchase extra rape insurance so that when you get raped you can relax and take solace in the fact that the extra money you have spent each month means that you don't have to spend the next eighteen to twenty years raising the child that was gifted to you by God through brutality.

And the War on Women continues on.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

First post in today's "War on Women Thursday." Let's start with Christian hypocrisy shall we?

Courtesy of the ACLU: 

Today, we filed suit in federal court on behalf of Jennifer Maudlin, a single mother who was fired when her employer learned that she was pregnant. Jennifer's employer – a religiously-affiliated community organization called Inside Out – says that it fired Jennifer for violating its unwritten rule against non-marital sex. 

What happened to Jennifer amounts to discrimination based on pregnancy status and gender. Why? Because Inside Out learned about its workers' sexual lives by looking at its women workers' bellies. In fact, Jennifer and other women workers who became pregnant had to hide their bellies for as long as possible because they were terrified of being found out and fired. Unmarried men who had sex, and even those who became fathers, had nothing to fear, because – of course – their bellies wouldn't give them away. In Jennifer's workplace, pregnancy became a "scarlet letter," marking unmarried employees for termination. 

The treatment of women workers at Inside Out also subjects women workers to mistreatment based on sex stereotypes. When a person can be thrown out of work because she decides to – or must – take on motherhood alone, what are we as a society saying about her? That she's unworthy of any further association with her coworkers? That she's unfit to participate in economic life? That she doesn't deserve to be able to eat, or pay rent, or buy gas? 

Add to that the effects of such discrimination on the children. At least half of children growing up in the U.S. today will spend some if not all of their childhoods in a single-parent family. Single parent families have the highest poverty rate in the country, and the highest rate of lacking health insurance – which in the U.S. is usually provided by an employer. We'd be kidding ourselves to think that employment discrimination against single mothers leaves kids unharmed.

So let's get this straight. 

These are the same people who stand on street corners waving pictures of shredded fetuses and attempting to shame every woman walking into a family planning clinic by screaming "Murder" at them. And yet when that young lady is an employee and they feel her pregnancy reflect poorly on their "holier than thou" image, they have no qualms about saying "Pack your shit slut, you are out of here!"

Gotta love those Christian values.

If they were really Pro-Life they would do everything they could to help their female employees get whatever services they would to make sure the baby is born healthy and that he or she is well cared for after they were born.

You know like any caring human being who was not being directed by ancient superstitions would do.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

New Ohio bill possibly makes menstruating women guilty of manslaughter and might see doctors prosecuted for not raping women with machines.

Hey if you don't like being told what to do with your bodies you shouldn't have been born women!
Courtesy of Mother Jones: 

In the race to cut off women's access to reproductive health services, Ohio appears to be pulling even with Texas. In the Lone Star State, Gov. Rick Perry is calling a special session to pass the antiabortion bill that was dramatically filibustered by state Sen. Wendy Davis. Not to be outdone, Ohio's Republican Gov. John Kasich on Sunday night signed a new, $62 million state budget that includes some of the most severe abortion restrictions in the country. 

 Kasich's budget, as the Toledo Blade reports, prohibits publicly funded hospitals from entering into so-called emergency care transfer agreements with nearly abortion clinics. Clinics need such agreements to care for patients with complications, and of the 12 clinics that provide abortions in Ohio, many may be forced to shut down as a result. 

Another provision in Kasich's budget requires that doctors who provide abortions perform a fetal ultrasound and require the mother to listen to or see the heartbeat. Doctors who fail to do so could be prosecuted. The budget redefines a fetus as "developing from the moment of conception" rather than when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus. (Most fertilized eggs leave the body before implanting, meaning many women who were not actually pregnant would now be considered to be have been carrying a "fetus" in Ohio.) 

Kasich's budget also sends Planned Parenthood to the end of the line to receive state funding for family planning services, effectively removing $1.4 million in funding. So-called crisis pregnancy centers, which do not provide abortions and have been criticized for providing inaccurate information, will now get state funding.

So under this new law every month a woman may be guilty of flushing her unborn child to its watery grave, and a doctor who does not feel like subjecting a woman to an unnecessary ultrasound might be arrested and thrown in jail? Wow, how unbelievably primitive of them.

It is really only a hop, skip, and a jump for there to burning midwifes at the stake as witches and insisting that faith healing centers be placed in every hospital.

It looks to me like Ohio needs it OWN Wendy Davis. Come to think of it, which state doesn't?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Republican nominee for Attorney General in Virginia would force women to report their miscarriages to the police.

Courtesy of Think Progress:  

If a woman in Virginia has a miscarriage without a doctor present, they must report it within 24 hours to the police or risk going to jail for a full year. At least, that’s what would have happened if a bill introduced by Virginia state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) had become law. 

And yet, the Virginia Republican Party wants to make Obenshain into the state’s top prosecutor. This weekend, Virginia Republicans selected Obenshain as their nominee to replace tea party stalwart Ken Cuccinelli (R) as the state’s attorney general. 

Under Obenshain’s bill, which was introduced in 2009:

When a fetal death occurs without medical attendance upon the mother at or after the delivery or abortion, the mother or someone acting on her behalf shall, within 24 hours, report the fetal death, location of the remains, and identity of the mother to the local or state police or sheriff’s department of the city or county where the fetal death occurred. No one shall remove, destroy, or otherwise dispose of any remains without the express authorization of law-enforcement officials or the medical examiner. Any person violating the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. 

Under Virginia law, a Class 1 misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of “confinement in jail for not more than twelve months and a fine of not more than $2,500,” so Obenshain’s bill could lead to a woman who decides to take a day to grieve the loss of a pregnancy she’d hoped to carry to term spending a year of her life in jail for that decision.

Isn't Virginia also the home of Governor Transvaginal Ultrasound?

What the hell Virginia?

This whole idea of rights of a fetus superseding the rights of all others is completely out of control!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Just for fun: Robin Williams has a little Twitter fun at Kim Kardashian's expense.

Okay so the very pregnant Kim Kardashian showed up recently at the Met Ball, with a not very enthusiastic looking Kanye West, which spurred social media to tweet, Facebook, and Reddit the pictures all over the internet.

Even today it is so pervasive that it is almost impossible to go anywhere on line without bumping into the image.

However it is not my usual kind of a subject so I have not paid a great deal of attention. That is until one of the folks I follow on Twitter responded to the picture in a way that MUST be shared!

Okay you have to admit THAT is pretty funny!

By the way just in case there are any of you who still think that Kim is pulling a Sarah Palin with a fake pregnancy, I just have to say, "Yeah, not so much."

NOBODY who was as vain as this woman clearly is, would allow herself to be seen like this unless she had no other choice.

Okay back to politics now.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Kim Kardashian does what Sarah Palin never could. Shows the belly. Update!

After all of those rumors started to swirl about Kim Kardashian faking her pregnancy she did what would seem to be the most obvious response.

She showed a picture of the naked belly bump. Good for her, speculation will now come to a stop.

However after all of these years, Sarah Palin has not ONCE done the same. Not once.

And why not?

Simply put, there is no  picture of a naked belly for her to share, because it never happened.
March 26, 2008.
The same thing goes for a birth certificate, a picture of her in the hospital right after the delivery, or of her breast feeding.

That is why there has NEVER been any doubt for most of us that she faked her pregnancy. Because, and trust me on this, if Sarah Palin could make us all look like fools, she would have done so many times over by now.

Update: For those who have been interested in Palin's speech at the Schiavo fundraiser, that video can be found here

And YES she tells the pregnancy story yet again.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Mexico Republican lawmaker writes bill that would make it illegal for rape victims to terminate pregnancy, calling it "destroying evidence of the crime." No, I am NOT kidding!

Rep. Cathrynn "I know nothing about rape: Brown.
Courtesy of HufPo:  

A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial. 

House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for "tampering with evidence." 

“Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime," the bill says. 

Third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison. 

Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico, a progressive nonprofit opposing the bill, called it "blatantly unconstitutional" on Thursday. 

“The bill turns victims of rape and incest into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state,” he said. “According to Republican philosophy, victims who are ‘legitimately raped’ will now have to carry the fetus to term in order to prove their case.“

You know I think the part of this that bothers me the most is that it is being introduced by a woman! How is that even possible?

First off this is a completely naked attempt to  an anti-abortion bill while cloaking it in the most transparent covering of an pro-law enforcement bill, and I truly doubt that too many people in New Mexico are confused about that.

However the other thing is that THIS is what Rape Kits are for. If used properly they can identify the rapist using the DNA he would leave behind and as humiliating as it is for a woman to go through that process it is infinitely better than forcing her to give birth to her rapist's child.

You know I often ask myself if the Republican party is a party completely without compassion or self awareness, ans when I read stories like this one the the answer to that question becomes all too obvious.

Monday, December 03, 2012

There is a lot of news to report, but let's face it, this is all ANYBODY will be talking about today. The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant.

Courtesy of the New York Daily News:  

The future king of England and his beautiful bride are having a little prince — or princess. 

The royal palace announced Monday that Prince William and wife Kate, the duke and duchess of Cambridge, are having a baby. 

“The queen, the duke of Edinburgh, the prince of Wales, the duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news,” the palace said in a statement. 

The royals spilled the beans after lovely Kate was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, more commonly known as morning sickness. 

Now I am not really much of a "royal watcher" so I have not been keeping up on the doings across the pond with this lovely couple, but I did happen to hear a rumor earlier that the Duchess might be expecting, but then there was never any follow up. Until today of course.

I'm glad that THEY got to announce this news instead of one of Rupert Murdoch's sleazy tabloid phone hackers.  It just seems so much more dignified this way.

Now like I said I am certainly not a royal watcher, but if I were I think that this couple would be my favorite. I have always had a great admiration for how Prince William has conducted himself, and dealt with his mother's tragic death and incredible scrutiny he has been under since his birth, and Kate Middleton is incredibly classy and reminds me very much of the late Princess Diana in that she is still seemingly unaffected by her new station in life and does not act spoiled or entitled.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Seriously why isn't this already happening?

Courtesy of the Examiner:

 Birth control pills are safe and should be sold over-the-counter without the need for a doctor's exam or prescription, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommended Wednesday. 

Noting that half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended -- a rate unchanged in 20 years -- ACOG said easier access to oral contraceptives could help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies. 

"It's unfortunate that in this country where we have all these contraceptive methods available, unintended pregnancy is still a major public health problem," Dr. Kavita Nanda, a scientist with the North Carolina nonprofit FHI 360 (formerly known as Family Health International), told the Associated Press.

Gee providing easier access to birth control as method of reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies, and therefore abortions in this country.

Hos could anybody possibly be against that?

Just wait, you know they'll find a reason. Just like they did for the "morning after" pill.