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  1. Years ago I used to be a lot more pro-life. However, as I’ve read stories, done research and experienced pregnancy and motherhood myself my views have changed. This law from Texas makes me sad for the women living in Texas and anxious about my own daughter if other states, including my own, adopt this law. This law degrades social trust between friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. In some cases it will alienate women, pregnant or not, when they need help the most. It provides a substantial financial award for those who have no standing or even a relationship to the accused. And makes those closest to women hesitant to help. Miscarriage and botched abortions can be hard to tell apart. I had to go to the hospital after my miscarriage when I was concerned about bleeding. I was already emotionally traumatized. Thank goodness the doctors at the hospital were very caring and didn’t blame me for anything. Now, I’m not sure women in Texas would even seek medical help if they had a miscarriage and I’m not sure how willing providers will be to help. I’ve also read stories of women going to jail for abortions in other countries, even if it was a miscarriage. If we can’t tell natural miscarriage apart from abortions, then we’re penalizing women for something that just happens naturally. Anti abortion laws seem to penalize the poor. I believe we should protect the most vulnerable. So if abortions are illegal you will see more low-income women go to jail or be sued, but not high-income women. This is a huge disparity. If I felt like the lawmakers truly wanted to reduce abortions, they would do things like expand access to contraceptives and maternal care, provide more of a safety net, etc. They didn’t, which makes me question what their true motives are. I am concerned at some point that lawmakers, judges, etc., religious views enter into the conversation. I use birth control and have for years. It has helped me control my family size, allowed me a career, and give me peace of mind. If some lawmakers decided that birth control was abortion because life begins at conception, it would affect many, many women and children who do not share that belief. It’s been interesting to read views that flip the narrative. So many people say women should just “keep their legs closed” but what about the thought experiment of men having forced vasectomies or pulling out every time or else they hold total culpability for pregnancies and potentially abortions. While I don’t think that men should be forced to do anything, it makes you wonder why so much of this is on women. At the end of the day, I value the sanctity of life and want to reduce abortions by having them be a last resort by encouraging the use of sex education, contraceptions, and better social nets. How would I not get sued in Texas? By not helping women in my life with babysitting, rides, money, etc. But how would that make me feel as a friend, sister, mother, etc? And is that what America is about?
    28 points
  2. For the record, you can be quite opposed to abortion in general and still want to keep it legal and work towards making it rare.
    27 points
  3. Background:. I'm not the type of person to call acquaintances friends. I say stuff like "a lady at my church" even if it's someone I see and like a lot. I reserve the term friend for people I know especially well. I reference the Hive frequently as "an online message board that I participate in" or similar. It gets awkward. I feel like we all know a lot about each other. Do you mind if I say "my online friends"? Such as "I have some online friends who've had experience with overcrowded ERs" etc. I've lately been especially referencing the Hive as backup in covid conversations. So, are we friends? 😁
    20 points
  4. You can call everybody else your friend, but please refer to me as Her Imperial Majesty, the Wondrous Tanaqui 😄 Or call me your friend, I don't mind. If you hadn't posted this, I would not have even known to care!
    17 points
  5. But see, I totally get it that they want to do it. It's been soo darn long. Every artist is sick of not being able to share their gift - and they all know that nobody wants to watch yet another thing on Zoom. They all tried to make this work online; first for a few weeks, then it was just for the summer, then until the vaccines are here... the finish line is constantly being moved. In May, I was hopeful and was thinking about ideas for bringing back the event series I ran. Because humans need live community. Yeah right. After the vaccination, I was able to attend three events before we had the spike in my area. It had looked soo good for a few short weeks. I am very bitter that that was snatched away because folks could not get their shit together. So nope, I won't be responsible for gathering people for an event. But it's so, so needed. So yes, I get it that folks cannot do this any longer. That they need community that isn't just on a screen.
    16 points
  6. Thank you! I was really in need of support that night, so posting here was the only outlet. It was a huge help. I definitely understand what “hospital overwhelm” means now, on a visceral level. I’m so grateful now for everyone here who is careful. You are all superheroes. It’s very difficult to keep it up, but worthwhile. Hoping that someday soon we can let down our guards and relax!
    16 points
  7. I have a friend who is a trans woman, and we had a conversation once about their use of women's restrooms. The argument made to me was, "I feel very unsafe in men's rooms now," rather than, "I want to be all cozy and included with the girls." I described the statistics on sexual assault of women and girls, gave a few examples from my circle of friends' experience, and made the case that this kind of mixing in a public restroom makes at least a large minority if not majority of DFAB women and girls feel very unsafe. And that I thought that the better solution for all would be nongendered single person at a time 'pod' public bathrooms. My friend said that going into a public women's room for the first time was a comfortable and very welcoming experience. And at that point I pretty much gave up and exited the conversation gracefully. My friend was feeling pretty fragile, so I did not feel comfortable saying what I was absolutely sure was true--that it's very common for women and girls to try to act natural and warm when they are scared, to deflect a possible threat that cannot be overcome, and that facing a DMAB who is muscular and over 6 feet tall would engender that response even if a dress and pumps were the mode of attire. IOW, Dude had no idea how intimidating this action was, and was literally incapable of imagining this. It just goes to show how different growing up desperately wanting to be female is from growing up female. I have a great deal of sympathy for this person, but it did not cut both ways until I explained it, and even then, I felt I needed to hold back.
    14 points
  8. I know that you didn't say that but I objected to your comparing abortion to child abuse. You didn't need to do that. Elderly people don't need to remain inside of another person to survive. That's the critical difference. Since I'm not faced with that choice, I'm not sure. I hope I never have to make that choice. No, you're sending a message that the only thing that matters is criminalizing abortion and that candidates of a certain party don't need to do anything other than claim to support that. They don't care if you throw your vote away on a 3rd party candidate as long as you don't support a candidate from the other party. This a democracy and none of us have perfect choices. Here's the game that all of you guys are playing. (I know this will sound harsh but I truly don't mean to be disrespectful here.) You guys want purity. You say that you want a nicer society where pregnant women are more likely to choose to give birth. But each time you either voted for the major pro-life candidates or a 3rd party candidate, you've actually voted to make those things less likely to happen. Wedge issues like abortion are the reasons we can't have nice things, as they say. They are why we don't have national healthcare in the USA. Why we don't have maternity leave. All of the things that we know make lives better for women and children and reduce abortion that you guys all say that you support. There's only one wedge issue left, abortion. All of you guys vote for candidates who support no-fault divorce which none of you believe in. You all vote for candidates that support government funding of contraception which some of you believe is immoral. All of you vote for candidates that believe that marriages between people of the same sex should be legal yet you don't believe those are real marriages. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died as a result of bad decisions made by candidates you supported or enabled through votes for 3rd party candidates. But you tell yourself that you did the right thing because you couldn't vote for the candidate who would have made sensible policy that could have saved those lives. There's a liberal Catholic commentator who says this is, [paraphrasing] "vote for us or the baby will get it!" And nothing changes. We don't get socialized medicine. We don't get mask mandates. We get prisoners given ivermectin. Did you hear about the hundreds of nursing home residents crammed into a warehouse without adequate facilities and no air conditioning during Hurricane Ida. That's what single issue voting gets us. Louisiana claims to be the most pro-life state in the country. People from outside of the state look at those nursing home patients dumped in a warehouse and left for dead and are skeptical about that claim. Why isn't it easier to make it impossible for nursing home residents to be abandoned like that than it is to outlaw abortion? No pesky philosophical discussions about anything. We all agree about it. Why can't it be fixed? And don't claim to horrified by it when the candidates you support allow that situation to happen. Nothing is going to change until you divorce yourselves from the culture wars. Work to bring about policies that will reduce the demand for abortion which in the American 2 party system means voting for candidates who support legal abortions. You're getting what you want (even all of seem to be pretty horrified at the way it's come about) in certain states but at what cost? It's going to hurt women which always hurts their children. This is not how you will convince other voters to support your cause and remember this is a democracy and policy is (or should be) decided by the voters. So what's next? Still allow voters to make the decision or overthrow democracy?
    13 points
  9. The people working at those restaurants, theaters, etc. don't have the option of avoiding other people. But we do have the option of making their workplaces as safe as possible. As safe as possible certainly isn't a guarantee, but it's a whole lot better than nothing.
    13 points
  10. If a woman is pregnant and treatment for her cancer will cause horrendous birth defects, and no doctor will do it for that reason, saying she can't end her pregnancy is a death sentence for her. Saying a woman who is emotionally and financially at her wits end, trying to support her other 4 kids while working 2 jobs, who physically is not healthy from too little sleep and food and too many pregnancies close together, gets pregnant, saying she has to carry that child knowing it will potentially push her over the edge putting her other kids into foster care where they likely will be abused, while she struggles...that's the stuff I think of. Ideally we'd have a society where women were supported and didn't feel the need to make a tragic choice. But we don't. Cutting off the only choice they feel they have left, that doesn't fix the problem.
    13 points
  11. It does suck. I’m sorry we are all in this stupid mess. And angry, too. It sucks that you are missing important events, and missing seeing your parents. That’s heartbreaking. It just is a crap deal. I’m writing this from my basement. That sucks, too. I’m quarantining away from unvaxxed young DD after spending seven hours in a hospital so overcrowded with Covid patients that they sent my 80 yr old mother home unable to walk, with a broken pelvis and arm. They gave her a walker, which she can’t even use because she can’t lift her feet (pelvis break issue) and … broken arm. My mom and I sat next to a Covid positive patient for four hours, then were placed across the hall from her for another three, no doors, while her nebulizer was running. I am angry. I am angry that so many of the cases in that hospital might have been prevented and it might have been less crowded. Other people waited more than nine hours to be seen that night, one child bleeding out of his ears. My mom suffered with no pain relief, no care, due to other people’s irresponsible choices. I’m sad, angry, hurt, and feel betrayed by fellow humans. So I’m going to say thank you, regentrude, for being responsible, and caring, and kind, and for sacrificing for others. I know it’s hard because I’m trying to do all those things, too, and so many people are squandering our gift to them. I will keep trying to be responsible for all the people in the world who are like you. People like you make me feel like I can keep going. (Blech. I’m writing way too much because stuck in a basement. Feel free to skip!)
    13 points
  12. We won't protest if you call us friends. And yes, I consider the Hive a place where I have found friends. Some I text with daily. . . .
    12 points
  13. If people who support criminalizing abortion want us to believe that they don't want to hurt women, why not do things to make a better world for pregnant women before criminalizing abortion? What are the things that we know will reduce abortions? Maternity leave, wage equity, access to birth control. Is there any disagreement about those things? Access to birth control has been proven to reduce abortions, has it not? So do those things first because we know that they will reduce abortions. Criminalizing abortion will of course reductions but it also hurts women. Those other things don't hurt women. So if you care about women, do the things that make it more likely for women to choose to give birth.
    12 points
  14. WTF!?! Do you think the frontline healthcare workers and spouses of frontline healthcare workers on this board are lying about what they are seeing at their hospitals? Do you think people on this board like Spryte who have accompanied family members to overwhelmed hospitals are lying? Your post is reprehensible and completely disrespectful to all of the frontline healthcare workers dealing with hospital overwhelm due to unvaccinated covid patients.
    12 points
  15. ...and thank you for sharing so much of what you guys went through, because honestly, that is the exact kind of thing that helps me stay the course when I feel like just throwing in the towel and giving up on all the (everyone else thinks is excess) caution. Praying for your mom as she heals up, for you as you keep quarantining, and just...thank you for reminding me why we are still being careful.
    12 points
  16. says the person who has the immense privilege of working from home. Seriously? Because there is no perfect protection, we should just say screw it and let it rip?
    12 points
  17. “You know that homeschool resource group I belong to? The one with the mathematicians and doctors and statisticians from all around the world? Yeah, a lot of them are reporting back about overcrowding in the ERs. This is all across the US right now.” That’s how I do it.
    11 points
  18. I hate to say it, but I think cases have peaked in certain states. I think the North East and other areas have not had theirs yet. Hopefully due to increased cautiousness and mitigation the wave there will be smaller than ours down here in Florida. But with Labor day today and people traveling, way too early to say it is over.
    11 points
  19. While I personally would not choose an abortion for myself, I don’t have any issue voting for someone who wants it to be safe, legal, and rare and is actively working for the types of things that would help make it rare. I honestly don’t understand people who vote for supposedly “pro-life” candidates primarily due to the abortion issue, when the vast majority are not remotely actually pro-life, just anti-abortion (and some like our last leader are not even that, just using as a wedge issue to rally the base and get votes which is absolutely sickening) and usually oppose the majority of things that would decrease abortions and improve life for many.
    11 points
  20. A pro-life person’s freedom to believe that an embryo or fetus is fully human and entitled to equal or superior rights to their own mother stops at their own uterus.
    11 points
  21. No. I’m saying I encourage everyone to live their beliefs. I’m saying I don’t think it’s right to use THE STATE to require others to practice/enforce your religious beliefs. What you’re wholeheartedly espousing is theocracy.
    11 points
  22. I would leave. I would no longer want associate myself with an organization whose leadership blatantly disregards the well-being of their fellow humans. (And I personally could not resist stating in very clear terms exactly why I am leaving.) I would start a new group with like-minded people. I would start a group that is not affiliated with any religious institution, so I can be free to run it according to my conscience, without being forced into policies I do not agree with. (Your church tolerated the leadership of the coop and did not call them out; that would lose them my support.) I think of it like leaving an abusive partner after you stayed too long for the sake of peace. The family that supported him? Good riddance, too. ETA: And I think it's totally awesome that you are teaching in your garage. If you are recruiting students, you should advertise precisely with your Covid precautions. I bet there will be many parents very glad to have that option.
    11 points
  23. No, we don’t. We simply need Catholics to apply their religious beliefs to themselves and their own community of believers. Catholicism isn’t a national religion, nor is Protestant Christianity, Buddhism, whatever. Our national laws are supposed to be separate from, not an enforcement mechanism for religious beliefs/believers.
    11 points
  24. I'm so mystified by this line of reasoning. Like, yeah, it would be awesome if the vaccines were 100% effective against transmission, variant-proof, and 2 doses lasted forever. But that was never a realistic thing to expect. What we have is better than most people were hoping for a year ago.
    11 points
  25. I’m going for a PCR test on Day 6, which is Tuesday. 2 days for results. I’m vaccinated, so we are hoping that is long enough and I can just mask in the house. I’m able to visit my mom, weirdly, because the (different) hospital okayed it because I am vaccinated and was wearing a mask (as was my mom). The whole experience made me appreciate other careful people so deeply. Thank you for doing it. Seriously. I know it just stinks, and whenever I read your posts, it hits hard that you haven’t been able to see your parents. It’s an enormous gift to your community and everyone around you.
    11 points
  26. We’ve had lots of purple candidates in the last few decades. Now if you mean someone who wants to make abortion illegal and also wants universal healthcare, paid maternity leave, living wages, etc. etc., it’s true we haven’t had that. But we’ve had plenty of moderates who didn’t use abortion merely as a political wedge issue like most anti-abortion candidates do and wanted some or all of those other things. In fact, you could say we have one right now.
    10 points
  27. I think one of the issues on this is that many religious groups teach that the only candidates that a "saved" person can vote for and not be apostate is the one that is endorsed by right to life. But many of those candidates are also opposed to social safety nets, any kind of universal healthcare, UBI, wage equity, family leave, etc. So the net result is people who might be all for these things and of the "make abortion rare, support pregnant women, care for people" mentality have been told they have a one way ticket to hell and are baby murderers if they vote against the right to life endorsed candidate, and that goes even for independents, green party candidates, etc. not just the usual party lines.
    10 points
  28. You, personally, may see it that way but your universal elevation of all life is not broadly shared by the so called pro-life movement. I appreciate the valiant effort to differentiate and appreciate your consistency, but that’s not what’s actually happening on the ground and I think it’s disingenuous to suggest that this law is part of a whole-life movement. It is deeply steeped in God and one particular theological perspective that elevates some commandments over others. It is very theocratic.
    10 points
  29. Just to clarify...my church is completely separate from this group. This group is not affiliated with any church. My church has been fanstastic about Covid and been a shining example of how Christians ought to be behaving throughout Covid and with respect to being apolitical, calling out racism, pressing in to engage in restorative justice and serving the community in meaningful ways. We just funded and built a mental health resource center for a local low income high school. I am explaining this because there really are churches out there doing the right thing. My heart has been grieved because so many Christians on here and in IRL have been absolutely heartbroken about what they have seen fellow Christians doing and have left the faith. I specifically want it to be Christian for that reason.
    10 points
  30. The majority of people both nationally and in Texas. The percentages of people who want to see a complete (in this case de facto) ban on abortion is roughly 1/3 of people. These percentages haven’t changed much over 30 years. Banning any/all abortion regardless of health, rape, incest, gestational age, fetal condition, is a minority view any way you slice it, in every state in America. We can protect the rights of those who hold that view by ensuring they never have to have one. We protect the majority by ensuring they’re not tyrannized by that minority view. Unfortunately, we have a majority SCOTUS that is firmly situated among that 30% and is willing to risk its legitimacy to co-sign that kind of tyranny.
    10 points
  31. Maybe for you, but it certainly doesn’t seem to be true for the vast majority of pro-life people, especially the politicians. I really think anti-abortion is the appropriate term, especially after the last 18 months. I think only a very small minority of pro-life people can truthfully lay claim to the designation.
    10 points
  32. I’m a grown women who shouldn’t need to argue my stance because it’s no one’s business what I do with my parts. Talk about ethics… But you’re either intentionally ignoring the true meaning of the sentiment or you’re genuinely ignorant of its meaning. Which is, IT’S NONE OF MY BUSINESS. I’m not entitled to someone’s reason and have no right to give or withhold my permission.
    10 points
  33. Hospital overwhelm is happening in plenty of places. People have already died because they could not receive medical care for other issues because the damned Covid-is-a-hoax-and-masks-are-for-sheep idiots are taking up the beds. In our ER, patients had to lie on the floor because there are no beds. Did you read a board member's harrowing account of her ER visit with her mother? But sure, that's all exaggerated and invented... are you saying she's making this up??? Btw, there is no vaccine for RSV. There are several options for Covid.
    10 points
  34. Elective is such a vague term. A couple examples: I had a hysterectomy at 27. I was newly married. It was classified as “elective.” But no doctor would perform a hysterectomy on someone at that age without good, solid reason. It was still classified as elective. I mean, I’d had 5 surgeries at that point and a year on a semi-experimental drug, and countless attempts at medical intervention. I could conceivably have survived longer, but my life was effectively nothing but the four walls of a bedroom, and an emergency surgery was looming. DH and I felt it was safer and saner to plan for it, rather than deal with it when we were not able to choose my surgeon and facility. (Oh, oddly, I could also add that my condition was first diagnosed and kindly, gently treated by the only place I could afford healthcare. Planned Parenthood. Of course, they didn’t do the surgeries or my hysterectomy! Those came years later. But they did help me find and apply for affordable student medical insurance, and referred me to one of that state’s most wonderful GYN surgeons. I never used their other services, but they were my only source for annuals for the first four years I was in college. Later, I had an “elective” gall bladder removal. It was called elective because we knew that it was going to become an emergency situation, and I was advised to plan for it and choose my surgeon rather than take my chances with whichever surgeon was in the ER on the night it finally became an emergency. So, really, “elective” doesn’t necessarily mean someone chose a procedure without medical reason. It can also mean they knew there would be an emergency soon and planned accordingly to minimize the impact on their family, or something else. I know you still don’t think it’s ok, I just wanted to say that “elective” doesn’t necessarily mean there’s not a medical reason. I think sometimes people misunderstand that.
    10 points
  35. She’s doing better than I expected, which is something good - she’s alert and communicating. She’s been admitted to another hospital, and they have been very good to her. I’ve been able to visit every day - despite doing a modified quarantine (from unvaxxed DD). She is unable to walk, but can stand painfully for 2-3 seconds. They will send her straight to skilled nursing and rehab from the hospital, and I hope she will improve. I’m still feeling traumatized by our initial ER experience, but fortunately my mother doesn’t remember it. 😊 Totally separate topic, I hope your friend loved the hostess gift you settled on!
    10 points
  36. Thanks so much for sharing the depth of your reading and understanding with the Hive, @Corraleno! With uncanny frequency your posts answer questions that have crossed my mind when I just haven't had the bandwidth to suss it out myself. Just wanted to express my gratitude for the way your posts so often help me understand what's happening with the pandemic and make better decisions for my family.
    9 points
  37. We live in a democracy. There is no candidate that is ever going to align with everything we believe. We are forced to choose the one who best aligns with me. WRT killing newborn infants, I'll select the candidate that is mostly to support policies that will lead to the death of less newborn infants. Thankfully I haven't had to make that choice because no candidate supports killing newborn infants. I'm not a single issue voter. There are a number of issues that matter to me. Many of them are life issues. Give me a choice between the candidate that wants to expand Medicaid and the one who doesn't and I choose the former because I know that expanding Medicaid will save lives. Single issue voting had lead to the situation we're in. It's made the pro-life movement toxic to most Americans. You may choose a 3rd party candidate so you can feel completely pure in your vote but what's the effect of that?
    9 points
  38. The tragedy here is that the creation of abortion as a wedge issue means that we're further from those things becoming possible in the USA. That's why the American pro-life movement is so completely toxic. It allows one political party to work against things that would reduce abortions in of criminalizing abortion.
    9 points
  39. Yes, Mercy, they are religious in nature. Feeding the poor and caring for the homeless and displaced are all things Christians are called to do, things Catholics are encouraged to do by their Pope. As you’ve seen repeatedly in this thread, people who do not share those faith traditions (and some who do) hold different beliefs about when life begins and a fetus/unborn baby becomes a cognizant human. Please let us not pretend that the so called pro-life movement is not dominated by conservative Catholics and Evangelical Christians. Wiccans would be a vanishingly small percentage of the 30% that support a full ban.
    9 points
  40. Actually, no, that’s not right either. We protect minority rights by ensuring people can smoke peyote and harvest whales too. What we don’t do is say we must all smoke peyote and harvest whales. So far as I know, the state has not required people with your sincerely held beliefs to terminate their pregnancies. Do you know of such a case?
    9 points
  41. And just a little bit of good news in this otherwise miserable pandemic, NZ is lifting its lockdown tomorrow with the exception of Auckland. There have been 0 cases for 14 days everywhere but Auckland. We will be at max gathering of 50 unless outside and then it is 100. And there is a mask mandate for all indoor venues except schools. Scanning in to indoor venues is now mandated rather than voluntary. All other activities are allowed with no restrictions.
    8 points
  42. So we are starting in on Henry V this week. One of his assignments for this play is to learn the St Crispin's Day speech. We have not read or studied the play yet - though he did study Henry IV last year and we did a good long stretch on the Wars of the Roses many years ago... He read the speech and said "do they all immediately die in glory after this? I know Henry V died fairly young...." I said "do you know what battle was fought on St Crispin's Day?" "No." "Agincourt." "Oh. Oh. (Pause, you can see the wheels turning) So they're not all about to die, they're going to conquer Normandy! Well that changes things." I love when a plan comes together.
    8 points
  43. The analogy is not applicable. Most politicians who support keeping abortion legal want it to be safe, legal, and rare and are actively working for policies and programs that will not only make it more rare, but that will also help most families and children. Most politicians who oppose abortion are not working towards the same policies and programs, they oppose them. And honestly, I don’t believe most of them actually give a rip about abortion or saving lives. They are just using it as a wedge issue to exploit their base and stay in power. We’ve seen how much most of them actually care about human life during the last 18 months.
    8 points
  44. Sadly, I don't have that luxury in the rural Midwest. Because of the political views of my state legislature, my workplace is not permitted to have this extra layer of protection for its students and faculty. I am grateful my kids study and work at institutions that are not required to appease politicians who only care about appealing to their anti- vaxx/anti- mask/Covid-is-a-hoax base.
    8 points
  45. Yeah, I'm a little tired of people claiming that they have no options. The reality is that they're written off one party entirely so the choice is the other party or a 3rd party candidate. The 3rd party candidate allows them to feel that they're making a "pure" choice but the American system is not designed to allow for 3rd party candidates. I wish that was not so but it's the reality. And I totally get why the other party isn't that attractive either. Here's the choices we have" One party that will make abortion illegal even if it has no popular support and does not provide for the things that we know reduce abortion. Another party that says abortion should be legal, consistent with majority opinion and remember this is a democracy, and supports some of the things that we know reduce abortion. That's not exactly "no" choice.
    8 points
  46. Well actually you do have a good, if imperfect, box to check. One party supports the things that reduces demand for abortions and the other doesn't.
    8 points
  47. I had my third shot today. I asked specifically about mixing brands, and in my state pharmacists are not allowed to do so. The pharmacist asked me for proof that I qualified for a third shot as I don’t fill my meds at that pharmacy. I showed an email from my rheumatologist with my name on it. I wasn’t expecting that. I had to skip my immunosuppressant last week in prep for my shot today. Two hours post vax I was sleepy. I am now 8 hours in and running a low grade fever. I feel a headache coming on. I suspect tonight is going to be rough. I am oddly happy about that— I my body is recognizing the prior vaccine because I am not super achy like with a flare. I am really glad to get the shot.
    8 points
  48. I really appreciated that you took the time to write all this out. My views are very similar, but you expressed them so well.
    8 points
  49. I hope, regardless of where one stands on abortion, that most people can see this is a dangerous law that empowers bullies, abusers, narcissists, greedy and mean-spirited people; grants opportunists a golden goose in the form of viewing a $10K prize as a “bounty” with no limits on how many times they try, with no legal ramifications for turning in innocent people; and at worst creates a culture of informing on family, friends, neighbors and fosters a mistrust between all people, personal acquaintances, professionals or anyone else who comes into contact with anyone who might know a pregnant person. This is not a victory for anyone, wherever they fall on abortion. There are many issues about which I feel passionate, but I would never, and have never, supported the idea that informing on anyone should be rewarded with anything, much less *money* … and with no ramifications for making false claims. Enforcing the law is not a citizen’s job. I’ve made the occasional call to report an obviously drunk driver, things like that, and no award was necessary for doing the right thing. The police can do with the info as they will. This is crass, and sick, and it’s a short slide from here to more laws regarding other topics. Some of which people who support this law may care more about. How will they feel when their neighbors or friends turn them in for that? I keep seeing the thread about leaving an abuser, and wondering what to add to that list in case the woman leaving lives in TX. What happens when her abusive spouse or partner turns her in and claims she aborted a baby that never existed? Her carefully laid escape plans will be laid bare, her location will be known again through court papers, and she won’t be safe. Not in jeopardy just because of a lawsuit and all of the badly-needed money that will require, but physical jeopardy because the abuser will now have a way to locate her, even follow her to her new home and potentially stalk/hurt her. What a nightmare. One question re: this law. Who is it that pays the $10K? The state of TX? That could get really expensive. Or the person being sued, which is how I’m reading it? What if they can’t pay?
    8 points
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