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Republicans Are Killing Women: US Maternal Death Rate Climbs; Female Deaths Rise In GOP Counties

“Today’s mothers are twice as likely to die of pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes than their mothers were. There is no reason, given our vast resources, knowledge and technology, why we should be going backwards in this area.” – Laura Gilkey, coordinator of The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, a nonprofit based in Sarasota, Fla.

Globally, only a few countries have seen a rise in the rate of maternal deaths in recent years. Those include Afghanistan, El Salvador, South Sudan and the United States of America. While at one time the US had all but eliminated deaths associated with childbirth, things have changed in recent years, with maternal death rates climbing from 14.5 per 100,000 to 17.8 per 100,000 between 2007 and 2011. As of 2014, the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth in the US has risen to 28 deaths per 100,000.

For purposes of comparison, the maternal death rate in nearly all wealthy, developed nations is a single digit number. As of 2014, the US maternal death rate is 7 times higher than that of Austria, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden, all nation’s which have a maternal mortality rate of just 4 deaths per 100,000.

It might surprise conservatives to learn that the maternal death rate in the US is 14 times greater than that of Israel. While right wingers might be under the impression that Israel’s very low maternal mortality rate is the result of strict abortion policies, nothing could be further from the truth. The country has very liberal abortion laws, and women are provided with government subsidized abortion services. The country’s liberal policies regarding women’s health has led to a maternal death rate of just two women per 100,000.”

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This post is for everyone who didn’t vote because “both parties are the same.” The parties are FUNDAMENTALLY OPPOSED on the issues that most affect women: reproductive freedom, stopping rape and helping survivors, contraception, maternity leave, equal pay. 

To my U.S. readers: are you in the U.S. and registered to vote? If not, register now, it takes A FEW MINUTES for womens’ lives. http://www.vote411.orgThis way you’ll be qualified to vote these misogynists out the next chance you get.

It is 2015 and we are currently fighting to keep abortion legal and accessible more than 40 years after Roe v. Wade made it a constitutional right. Employers can now deny women insurance coverage for birth control if they claim to object to it on religious grounds, and Republicans are pushing to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest reproductive healthcare provider that also offers low- and no-cost birth control. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to ban abortion pre-viability, while House Republicans voted last week to prevent private insurers from covering the procedure. At the state level, conservative lawmakers are passing laws that shutter clinics and force women to wait longer and travel farther to access care. Taken as a whole, the government is making it really, really hard to avoid becoming pregnant. And if you get pregnant and don’t want to be, the government is making it really, really hard to get an abortion.

Republican War on Women. The hostility is now the majority.

The right wing wants the government to legislate your personal life regarding your most intimate decisions. Then they have the audacity to call themselves “limited government”.

Legislators in Indonesia proposed a controversial law this week that would require girls to pass a “virginity test” in order to graduate high school. “If they’re not virgins anymore, don’t let them pass,” said one of the leading lawmakers from Jember, the township in East Java pushing for the V-card test, to a local news site. The proposed policy wasultimately defeated after an outpouring of public outrage across the archipelago nation.

This is not the first time such a law has been proposed in Indonesia. In 2007, the province of West Java called for similar tests on high school graduates, and in 2013, lawmakers in South Sumatra tried as well. Both attempts failed. Still, women applying to the National Police force have been given virginity, or “two-finger” tests since at least 1965—a few months ago, the Indonesian coordinating minister for politics, law, and security told the press that giving female military recruits a hymen check has been obligatory for a while now. Last November, the head of the force’s law division told theJakarta Post that the tests can help determine an applicant’s moral standards. “If she turns out to be a prostitute, then how could we accept her for the job?” he rationalized.

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Ben Shapiro wrecks all the phony “war on women” talking points in one video.  This includes the gender pay gap myth, access to birth control, rape culture, female assault, and domestic violence.

IDAHO LAWMAKER LEGISLATING ABORTION THINKS THE STOMACH IS CONNECTED TO THE VAGINA 

"An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.

The question Monday from Republican state Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine.

[…] Dr. Julie Madsen, a physician who said she has provided various telemedicine services in Idaho, was testifying in opposition to the bill. She said some colonoscopy patients may swallow a small device to give doctors a closer look at parts of their colon.

“Can this same procedure then be done in a pregnancy? Swallowing a camera and helping the doctor determine what the situation is?” Barbieri asked.

Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.

“Fascinating. That makes sense,” Barbieri said, amid the crowd’s laughter.

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This is funny until you realize women’s lives and health are being attacked in GOP states by ignoramuses like this one.

The joke stops when you remember Republicans Are Killing Women: US Maternal Death Rate Climbs; Female Deaths Rise In GOP Counties

U.S. readers, register to vote here: http://www.vote411.org.  

Do anti-choicers not realize that their policies have already been tested in real life and proven to have barbaric and horrific results? Have they not heard of what happened in Romania?

Between 1966 to 1989, Romania was ruled by the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Under his command, contraception and abortions were abolished. The result? Approximately 10,000 pregnant people died from attempting to get illegal abortions. Orphanages became overcrowded with unwanted children. Infanticide and child abuse rates increased. Education levels plummeted.

That is the world that pro-lifers want. THAT is the type of system they are working so hard to create.

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That awkward moment when feminists protest a dress code based on professional behavior punishible by suspension, but support one based on power and fear that is punishable by death.

I know that not all Muslims are extemists, terrorists, or bad people it just seems like the ones who are, are working overtime…

Virginia Republican Says A Pregnant Woman Is Just A ‘Host,’ Though ‘Some Refer To Them As Mothers’

"A pregnant woman is just a "host" that should not have the right to end her pregnancy, Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin (R) wrote in a Facebook rant defending his anti-abortion views.

Martin, the former chairman of the Senate Education and Health Committee, wrote a lengthy post about his opinions on women’s bodies on his Facebook wall last week in response to a critical Valentine’s Day card he received from reproductive rights advocates.

"I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive," Martin wrote. "However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it." Martin then changed his post on Monday afternoon to refer to the woman as the "bearer of the child" instead of the "host."

Scroll down to see a screenshot of Martin’s original post.

Martin voted for Virginia’s mandatory ultrasound bill and supported a fetal personhood bill, which would ban all abortions and could affect the legality of some forms of contraception. The Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition had sent him a Valentine’s Day card asking him to protect women’s reproductive health options, “including preventing unwanted pregnancies, raising healthy children and choosing safe, legal abortion.”

Martin reacted strongly to their letter.

"If it’s your expectation that I should support such nonsense, I will be breaking your heart," he wrote. "You can count on me to never get in the way of you ‘preventing an unintentional pregnancy.’ I’m not actually sure what that means, because if it’s ‘unintentional’ you must have been trying to prevent it."

Martin said Monday that he edited the original wording calling women hosts because people took it the wrong way, even though he felt it was clear he was being sarcastic. “I don’t see how anyone could have taken it the wrong way,” he said. “It was me playing their argument back to them. Obviously I consider pregnant women to be mothers.”

Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, told The Huffington Post in an email that Martin’s rant reveals the “contempt” that anti-abortion lawmakers have for women.”

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YOUR DAILY REMINDER THAT THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON WOMEN WON’T STOP UNTIL WE STOP IT

Let’s not forget this guy 

Learn more: http://profeminist.tumblr.com/tagged/republican-war-on-women

College freshman Saira Blair, a conservative Republican, just got elected to the WV legislature

Last night was a huge night for Republican women, and America might be getting its first look at the future of American politics: smart, hard working, conservative women.

from Wall Street Journal:

A West Virginia University freshman who did most of her campaigning out of her dorm room became the youngest state lawmaker in the nation Tuesday.

Republican Saira Blair, a fiscally conservative 18-year-old, will represent a small district in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, about 1½ hours outside Washington, D.C., after defeating her Democratic opponent 63% to 30%, according to the Associated Press. A third candidate got 7% of the vote.

In a statement, Ms. Blair thanked her supporters and family, as well as her opponents for running a positive campaign. “History has been made tonight in West Virginia, and while I am proud of all that we have accomplished together, it is the future of this state that is now my singular focus,” she said.

Ms. Blair campaigned on a pledge to work to reduce certain taxes on businesses, and she also holds antiabortion and pro-gun positions. She defeated Democrat Layne Diehl, a 44-year-old Martinsburg attorney, whose top priorities included improving secondary education and solving the state’s drug epidemic.

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Quake in your boots, “War on Women” Democrats.  Pro-life women like Saira Blair are the future.

anonymous asked:

Female conservatives are puppets of the men you idiot, the men tell them what to say and think, its silly how you actually thought they had any brains. They're just there for idiot people like you to actually think its smart to be conservative and follow in their footsteps, silly ignorant conservatives

If you seriously think that then you have never talked to a conservative woman. We are more than capable of thinking for ourselves and if “teh patriarchy” tried to tell me what to think or do or how to behave we would likely knee them in the balls and leave them crying on the floor. 

In fact, I would do the same to you for implying that I’m some weak willed puppet or that any of my male conservative friends would want me to be. You’re insulting every conservative with that kind of talk.

Texas Republican wants fetuses to have lawyers and “a voice in court”

State lawmaker Matt Krause wants to appoint a fetus legal representation in cases where a woman is brain-dead

"Marlise Munoz died on Nov. 28, 2013. The 33-year-old paramedic and mother to a young son collapsed in her Texas home just days before Thanksgiving. She was admitted that day into John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where she was soon declared brain-dead — which is to say she was declared medically and legally dead.

Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant at the time of her death. And because she died in Texas, one of more than 30 states with laws creating a distinct and lesser legal status for pregnant people, the hospital ignored her end-of-life directive and the pleading of her husband and family and kept her body on a ventilator so that her fetus continued to gestate after her death.

Munoz’s husband, Erick, fought for two months to have his wife’s body removed from the ventilator. According to Munoz’s mother, the stiffness that set in after her death caused her daughter’s fingers to break when she attempted to hold her hand. Munoz’s family ultimately prevailed in court, and her body was finally buried in January of last year.

But this week, in response to the case, a Texas lawmaker is preparing to introduce a proposal that would have appointed Munoz’s fetus a lawyer to fight in court on behalf of the state and against her grieving family. According to the Dallas Morning News, Republican state Rep. Matt Krause intends the measure to give a “voice” to embryos and fetuses. “You’ll hear what the family wants, and you’ll also give the pre-born child a chance to have a voice in court at that same time,” he said. “The judge weighs everything and he or she makes their decision based on that.”

Munoz’s family told the Dallas Morning News that they were insulted by the proposal. “To me that’s saying that my family was not looking out for the best interest of Marlise and the fetus,” said Lynne Machado, Munoz’s mother. “We feel our actions and decisions were based on what was best for both of them.”

Read the full piece here

Busy day for Republicans in the War on Women. First Sam Brownback and now this tool.

CURRENT MOOD: NEVER AGAIN

Michigan’s Rape Insurance: Lawmakers passed a controversial measure that will ban all insurance plans in the state from covering abortion unless the woman’s life is in danger. The law, which took effect in March, forces women and employers to purchase a separate abortion rider if they would like the procedure covered, even in cases of rape and incest.

#what war on women?  #thats just Republican family values