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Someone needs to educate Trump. That’s not how abortion works, that’s not how any of this works. The missing information that Trump needed is the definition of late-term abortion, which describes a termination of pregnancy in the second trimester.

This is usually done between 14 to 20 weeks — rarely around 24 weeks. Later-term abortions only make up 8 percent of abortions worldwide. In fact, most abortions are done at less than 8 weeks’ gestation and each state has specific laws as to how late an abortion can occur, most citing 18-20 weeks.

For Trump to not know the basics of something he is so strongly against and to confidently speak with such error is frightening. The most important thing learned in medical school about being a great doctor is to know what you don’t know and be free to ask questions. Someone should teach Trump this strategy.

Okay, I’m just going to say this because apparently no one else gets it…


Don’t misunderstand me. I HATE abortion. I very much believe that it’s taking a human life and therefore murder. But let’s be honest… You can’t get rid of abortion. You can’t. If you shut down abortion clinics people are going to find other ways. Illegal, dangerous ways. Look at what happened during prohibition. It created an underground crime ring. People were still getting their alcohol. It would be the same thing with abortion. People are desperate. They’ll do whatever they have to do.

On that note, protesting outside of Planned Parenthood and shaming women for getting an abortion doesn’t change anything. It just makes you look like a douchebag. Nobody has ever thought to themselves “That random screaming stranger just called me a disgusting murderer. Maybe I should rethink this decision.” It’s not going to happen. Stop.
Yes, I am pro-life. I would LOVE to see abortion go away. But it’s not going to. Instead of fighting against abortion the pro-life movement really needs to start focusing more on education, supporting pregnant women, fighting for better health care for women, fighting to fix the adoption process, and fighting to give better lives to unwanted children.

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Donald Trump spews incorrect facts about late-term abortion during final debate
The myth about late-term abortions came up quickly.
By Carimah Townes

Twenty minutes into the final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Republican candidate argued that a Clinton presidency would lead to babies being “ripped” from their mothers’ bodies during late-term abortions.

The factually-incorrect statement was a response to host Chris Wallace’s question about late term abortions. Trump claimed that Clinton supports babies being torn from the womb at the last possible minute.

“If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother, just prior to the birth of the baby,” he told Wallace. “But it’s not okay with me, because based on what she is saying and based on where she’s going and where she’s been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb, in the ninth month, on the final day. That’s not acceptable.”

Clinton responded that the government should not control women’s bodies, and explained that the decision to terminate a pregnancy at a later stage of a pregnancy is not one made lightly.

“This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make,” she said. “And I do not believe the government should be making it.”

The national debate about the amount of time women should be allowed to obtain abortions is one that’s largely driven by the concept of “partial birth abortion” — a term that is strictly political, as opposed to one based on medical practice. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court outlawed so-called “partial birth abortion” nearly a decade ago.

Trump’s response evokes violent, graphic images of babies dragged from the womb, kicking and screaming, which is a common tactic. The pro-life community has long used the term “partial birth” — and, more recently, “dismemberment” — to garner support.

In fact, that graphic “dismemberment” language typically refers to a standard abortion procedure performed after the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy, which involves dilating a woman’s cervix to extract fetal tissue. The official term for this method is Dilatation and Evacuation — a procedure that’s widely accepted in the global health community, including among researchers with the World Health Organization (WHO).

At last night’s debate, Trump pushed reckless lies about late term abortion that came straight out of the anti-reproductive choice playbook. His stances on reproductive justice issues are abhorrent, as are his policies on a lot of other issues. Clinton correctly called out his BS fearmongering on this issue with this quote: “This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make. And I do not believe the government should be making it.”

H/T: Carimah Townes at Think Progress


A Pageant Queen Got Asked About Planned Parenthood & Nailed It

Host Vanessa Williams asked, “Some legislators are threatening to shut down the government over federal contributions to Planned Parenthood, even though no federal funds can be used for abortions. Should Planned Parenthood funding be cut off?” So much for “Describe your perfect date” softball questions.


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Election 2016 Champ & Chump Chart

Here’s a quick look at where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on three of Planned Parenthood’s top issues.

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Republican War on Women posts on Profeminist

“ I thought through my options. Running 26.2 miles with a wad of cotton material wedged between my legs just seemed so absurd. Plus they say chaffing is a real thing. I honestly didn’t know what to do. I decided to just take some midol, hope I wouldn’t cramp, bleed freely and just run… 

~66% of African girls know nothing about menstruation until they start.

~Only 12% of women in India use sanitary pads or tampons.

~More than 40 million women in the United States live on the brink of poverty.

~ A yearly supply of sanitary pads/tampons averages $70.00 a year. They are not covered by food stamps.

A marathon in itself is a centuries old symbolic act. Why not use it as a means to draw light to my sisters who don’t have access to tampons and, despite cramping and pain, hide it away like it doesn’t exist? Everyone was running for their own personal mission. And all of a sudden it felt entirely appropriate that I got my period on marathon day.”


In Bangladesh, prostitution is legal, and poor families sometimes sell their girls to the brothels for as little as $200, from as young as nine years of age. In order to mask how young some of the prostitutes are, brothel owners use Oradexon on them, a steroid intended for cattle. Oradexon is highly addictive and deleterious to the girls’ health, but it fattens them up, giving them a more mature, older appearance, which then makes the girls more appealing to the brothels’ customers.

“It is a basic violation of human’s rights to force malnourished, poor underage girls into consuming Oradexon on a daily basis to enhance unnatural physical growth and energy,” Bangladeshi advocate Naila Hussain Chowdhury, founder of Women4Empowerment, says. “The sex trade is using steroids to make young girls physically develop faster and unnaturally. This is a frightening development.“

Learn more via The Daily Beast.