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  1. This is not true of me and not true of the other active pro-lifers I have known. If I painted pro-choice people with such a broad brush, I'd be immediately taken to task for it.
    19 points
  2. If we're going to talk about black and white, we can talk about how deliberately killing a living human being is morally wrong. There are two bodies involved in every abortion, and one always ends up dead. THAT is overreaching control--deciding that you have the right to end another human being's life.
    15 points
  3. Y'all, this woman didn't have an abortion. She had a miscarriage. Arguing about if abortion should be legal is sort of beside the point.
    14 points
  4. I think we can distinguish between those who are pro life like Mercy and the politicians using pro life as a manipulation tactic. I assume that Mercy doesn't think women who miscarry should go to jail.
    12 points
  5. We’ll, you could perhaps ask the pro-life Governor of Florida why he recently vetoed a bill that would have provided long-term contraceptives for low-income or poor women in his state.
    12 points
  6. So both men and women will now be punished for abortions? And please explain how your reasoning applies to rape and incest victims.
    11 points
  7. A person can be pro-life for themselves until the end of time. But the moment one advocates for, donates to, or otherwise supports anti-abortion laws, organizations, or political candidates they have advocated for, donated to, and elected FOR CONTROL of other women's body. It really is that black and white.
    11 points
  8. This is the natural end result of the pro-life movement. And don’t bullshit me that it’s not. I’ve watched in my lifetime the endless moving of the goalposts to today, where incest and rape victims getting abortions can be turned in by anonymous vigilantes (for rewards) and women go to jail for miscarriage. And the pro-life movement is silent (read: supportive) about all of it.
    11 points
  9. Just an update that some might find interesting in this thread. Yesterday I took ds to a college tour and open hour (in Maryland). When we registered, there was information on covid safety and they stated you must bring either your vaccination card or proof of a negative test in the last three days. I wondered if they were going to enforce this and was hoping they really would. So -they really did. Before you could move forward to check in you had to show your proof. They gave you a bracelet pass once you checked out. As we were in line, some guy was storming angrily back to the parking lot muttering about rights. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I was grateful because they were stringently enforcing the parameters they said they would.
    10 points
  10. I would argue that the majority of people who create and act those laws and punishments are not in fact pro-life. They may identify as such but they aren't pro-life. They are anti-abortion, that is very different. A pro-life person cares about ALL human life, from conception to death. They not only care about their living status but also their quality of life. So, they also are strongly in social structures that help get people out of poverty, avoid hunger, have healthcare, and provide more stability in their lives.
    10 points
  11. we as a society try to control people's bodies constantly: seat belt laws, alcohol consumption laws, drug laws, vaccine mandates to continue being employed, etc. Control is not the end game for many pro-life people, it is protection. The protection of another human being that has no control over their own body. The control that a previous poster suggest is certainly the motive for many people but it is not black and white like you say.
    10 points
  12. I don’t care what you or any other pro-lifers believe. I care what LAWS and punishments are enacted and enforced on women by pro-life people. Your “warm fuzzies” mean zilch in the real world. Although I’d love to see pro-lifers protesting these draconian laws that they swear they don’t support.
    10 points
  13. 80% of people in NSW are double vaccinated. An incredible 99% of those in the ACT (Canberra) have one dose - 78% fully. And 70% fully vaccinated in Victoria which is fantastic. There are still pockets where it's low, though, both rural and city areas, so it's reaching those areas that's important.
    9 points
  14. Yeah, I feel 100% fine today. Yesterday I was back to about 80%. So it was unpleasant, but pretty short lived. Hopefully I'm done with illness for awhile now!
    9 points
  15. I am positive this is not the end game. They will stop at nothing for complete control. Anyone who doesn’t believe it isn’t paying attention. I’m terrified.
    8 points
  16. Me too. One funny thing that always crops up at my house is that if dh finds a recipe for a food he wants to make, it’s *always* a damn YouTube video. I canNOT do a recipe that way AT ALL. I have to *read* it.
    7 points
  17. Yes, the true desired end result has been the control and punishment of women.
    7 points
  18. I never meant to say or imply it's "about me," and I'm sorry if I gave that impression. But absolutely, when someone makes the claim that pro-lifers will "stop at nothing for complete control" and that their "true desired end result has been the control and punishment of women," I'm not just going to be silent and not defend those who hold their pro-life position based not on politics or on a desire to control women, but on a genuine concern for the protection of human beings. I think I said the decision was wrong. [ETA: Sorry, it was only implied, not directly stated.] If not, I'll say it again. The decision was wrong. Women who miscarry shouldn't be jailed.
    6 points
  19. An an organism that cannot survive without using a living host to support it is, in every other scenario, considered a parasite. I am myself pro-life for myself. But, because I'm not walking and never have walked an inch in any other person's shoes, I do not ever get to decide for them what they do and do not do with their bodies. Nor can I pretend that I know what is "best" for them. That takes a level of ego that I will never strive to possess.
    6 points
  20. I actually do protest the laws and punishments that are currently coming to light and know many pro-life people who do. What has happened to this woman is absolutely disgusting. I have disassociated with pro life people who are in favor of the laws being enacted. I think there is a time and place to make abortion illegal. This point in our society isn't that and we likely will never get their sadly. The pro life community as a whole would be better served improving the social structures that help a woman and family choose life and not abortion.
    6 points
  21. I'm watching videos on youtube and all my ads are for xero shoes.
    6 points
  22. Yep. My kids can't have the pertussis vax (they have had Td), and can't have the full MMR due to a reaction, and were told they'd have to leave school if there were an outbreak of any of those. This.is.not.new.information. And... news flash... we ARE having an ongoing Covid outbreak. My kids managed not to have to be sent home because there's something upwards of 95% vax coverage for all those, so no outbreaks, because... mandatory vaccination!
    6 points
  23. A newborn can't survive without another living person to support her, either. Nor can some disabled people. That doesn't make them "parasites." I am all for people's right to live as they choose, unless those choices lead them to harm someone else. I in no way mean to minimize the difficulties that some women face, and we as a society should do everything we can to support them.
    5 points
  24. And this kind of extremist reasoning is EXACTLY how we end up with vigilantes being rewarded for turning in underage incest victims for an abortion.
    5 points
  25. That is just heartbreaking. It’s absolutely barbaric.
    5 points
  26. Yep. I truly thought that DS—and possibly I—would likely be unable to get a Covid shot due to medical and allergy reasons. I was maybe 85% certain, based on past reactions to vaccines. We made special appointments with our immunologist of many years, and discussed it. Not only were we candidates, she felt it was terribly important for both of us. Such relief! I am so glad we spoke to her about it, early on. OP, if your friend was unable to get a medical exemption from her doctor—it may be because the doctor, like mine, feels the benefits outweigh the risks. I have no idea about what her doctor may/may not have thought, but if she didn’t get the medical exemption and got the shot, it’s possible that her convo went the way ours did. Whatever the reason, she’s doing well? All good? No issues from the health conditions she feared would cause a problem? And now protected against severe disease. So that’s good. I wonder if seeking medical exemptions to avoid the vaccine will encourage more people to talk to their doctors, and get solid information based on their own medical history? It’s one thing to guess that you won’t be eligible, it’s another to hear it from your medical provider, and maybe some people who are fearful (like I was) will have the reassurance they need. Or, conversely, maybe they will get that medical exemption and know to be extra careful. Either way, talking to their doctor about it seems like a positive.
    5 points
  27. Let's add in that she's Native American, which adds another layer of historic discrimination, as well as makes it even more likely she didn't have access to quality prenatal care (on top of the crapshow prenatal care is for so many women anyway).
    4 points
  28. So, I assume by this statement that you are not in favor of vaccine mandates. I do not understand how a jury could have come to this verdict based on the articles I read. I hope this young woman is able to get help for her drug usage and any other issues. I do not believe, based on what I've read, that she should have been charged with the death of her child.
    4 points
  29. Exactly! Painting all pro-life people with such an extreme brush is unfair. I am also pro-life, but also disagree with the TX law and the linked case here. Many pro-life people are not extreme. I would really prefer to focus on birth control. Why oh why do we have so many unplanned pregnancies?
    4 points
  30. Absolutely. And even in middle school and high school students are being assigned way too much work. It interferes with family time, vacations (during breaks), learning basic skills, pursuing passions, or just allowing a child to have some down time. It's not fair for kids to be in school all day and then have to spend their nights/weekends on homework. When my kids were in ps, I would find myself doing everything for them to make their lives easier because all they did was go to school and come home and do homework (unless they had a job/sports/activities). Summers, breaks, and even weekends were always ruined by homework. It was a nightmare and I was so relieved when we pulled our youngest out to homeschool and were done with all of that. And most of the homework was just busywork - some would either take forever to get graded or it would never be graded. Made me so angry.
    4 points
  31. Yes, I had this battle with my in-laws. They won. Just look at it as being able to donate good toys to less fortunate children.
    4 points
  32. 4 points
  33. I don't think most people realize that even with an exemption to a vaccine, like for school, that if there is an outbreak the exempted person can be excluded until the outbreak is over. This is something I had to think about with my youngest who can't have the pertussis vaccine when he was in pre-school at a private school. This was around the time that pertussis was having outbreaks in our area. He was never asked to stay home, but it was a possibility and I would not have been angry or fought it, but at the same time he wasn't our breadwinner either. I am not a huge fan of mandates, but I can see the necessity. But it is hard when it is contraindicated to get vaccinated due to a medical reason and that means you will lose your livelihood or take a risk getting the vaccine and hope for the best. I have seen severe reactions to a vaccine that were life threatening, and it was very nerve wracking even with approval from both the allergist and pcp getting the shot for DS.
    4 points
  34. Just view it as being gifted the experience of unwrapping the toys, playing with them for a few days, and passing them on for someone else to enjoy.
    4 points
  35. re : until we have a "common understanding" about what CRT is and is not... this conversation will continue to drift Agreed. The difficulty is, that seems to be precisely the point. The effect of "drift" is to gut history and in so doing take any possibility of that healthy debate off the table. The effect of the "drift" is impasse, polarization, confusion, exhaustion. In the immediate aftermath of simultaneously sweeping-and-vague statewide legislative bans that actually *do* excise content that might cause student "distress" and of specific content lists that excise Ruby Bridges, Tulsa Massacre and Letter from Birmingham Jail from the classroom. That sprung up whole, and remarkably similar in 15+ states, within a single legislative cycle, of Rufo's clarion call and its rapid amplification by the then-sitting POTUS. Down with 1619, hoist the 1776 flag. And it's not confusion about the language, so much as derailment with a purpose. Much as opponents of feminism re-framed that term to mean man-hating bra-burning zealots who demanded *all* women insert IUDs/ have hundreds of sexual partners/ sacrifice children to career. Much as opponents of universal healthcare re-framed that term to mean communist advocating death panels who wanted Granny dead. Much as opponents of BLM re-framed that term to mean Only black lives matter. The folks best able to articulate what a framework is or isn't, are not those vested in shutting it down. It's people who *adhere* to that framework: This is a ten minute video, and CRT is more than a clip that length can contain. But it contains a very specific historical FACT (starts 3:50 to about 5:00) that exemplifies structures -- how black Americans utilizing GI Bill funds were limited by a specific clause from purchasing same-size same-price homes in certain geographic areas. And she traces the direct legacy effect that has had on accrued wealth in the intervening decades, as property values in the then-white neighborhoods have increased ~8x more than they have in then-black neighborhoods. One small contained example that shows race-based difference resulting from long-rescinded legislative language that had, and continues to have, ongoing legacy effects. An example sufficiently concrete and bounded that 11th graders in an APUSH could grasp it. The one example isn't, alone, "CRT," which is -- as she, an adherent of CRT, describes -- a lens of analysis, not merely a dump of historical facts. But the language in the legislative bans would ban the facts themselves, if covering the facts themselves might evoke "distress." What makes it hard Maybe. But to my mind, even before we can get to the vulnerability of holding the thought that maybe what I see, is limited by where I stand... discussion of these things requires us simultaneously to thicken the skin, soften the language, and ignore the noise. To not-take-reflexive-and-furious defense. To dial back the snark impulse. To not-taking every bit of bait. To refrain from snipe-and-run responses. To not-get-derailed into side issues and return again to the core thread of the main discussion. It's hard and I definitely do not always manage it IRL; it's harder yet on the interwebs where our language is read without the beneficial context of facial & body language cues / murmuring sounds. And also the interwebs are filled with folks who delight in stirring the pot / derailing discussions. That makes it harder too.
    4 points
  36. I could not agree with this more. It is exactly what I saw in my own family Re: masks (pre-vaccine). It’s why I was grateful to be in a mandatory mask state. Because, yeah, I definitely knew people who don’t think masks work or do any good, but having it mandatory let those people “grudgingly comply,” because it was required. The number of people willing to actually refuse at the time (here, at least) was very small. One man I know, who was “against the vaccine” earlier told me he was “giving in” and getting it, because his wife had to for her job, so he was “grudgingly going along” to show solidarity for her. Literally, that is the reason he gave me. For all I know, he may be secretly relieved he has a reason to get the vax.
    4 points
  37. And here's my biggest rationale for why nurses need to be better educated (and better paid): We spend more time with the patients than anyone else. Physicians have to have a crap ton of education because they have to diagnose, treat, and prescribe. They have to do that for a huge number of patients, across a wide variety of disease states. Doesn't matter what field you are in, it's an awesome amount of information and no one can know it all, so you have to specialize. It was the same in the law. But nurses are the eyes and ears of physicians. We are constantly assessing our patients. We have to know if what we are seeing is normal or not. We have to know if it deviates from baseline just a little, so we can just monitor it, or if it is serious enough to merit an immediate nursing intervention that we can perform autonomously, or if it's serious enough that it merits a call to the physician for new orders. These are the people spending 12+ hours at the bedside of your patient. People who have to understand patients who are living longer, have a greater number of co-morbidities, are being prescribed a greater number of medications (which can interact with one another, so we need to ensure the docs don't make errors when they Rx, which they do), and are being kept alive with increasingly more complex devices and machines. You really want well-educated people doing all of this. Gone are the days when nurses just took orders. Nurses are licensed professionals, who have a ton of autonomy within their scope of practice. It is not uncommon in smaller, regional and rural hospitals for there to be no physician on a floor. The nurses are literally running everything and we will phone a doc in the middle of the night if we need new orders. In one hospital I worked in *Orange County, California* (hardly a rural area), they had one doc on night shift in the ED and that was it. We called him when we needed him to pronounce a patient with a DNR, but I literally watched this patient die of a STEMI (heart attack) and did all the post-mortem care with no doc around. It's not uncommon. Watch the Covid ICU videos I posted. The docs will be the first to tell you who runs the units. So again, we need nurses with a very high degree of education relevant to their scope of practice, which has become quite complex and requires critical thinking and a thorough understanding of foundational scientific subjects. We don't need to be trained as physicians, but for the love of G-d, people need to know how vaccines work. This is madness. So, yeah, I am not sad to see the vax refusers go.
    4 points
  38. They said mom's pills would cost her 2600 a month for her co-pay. I've been working on getting assistance and she qualifies. They said the doc would fill out the paperwork, but the doc gave it to her. If she has filled it out and my step-dad can take it to the doctor's office tomorrow, then I will wait until Wednesday to go. But if she hasn't, then I will drive after filming so I can get it filled out and into the doctor's office, so we can get these pills sent. It is just too hard to try to do some of this stuff from long distance. Quiet Time/Journaling Clean up my mess in my daughter's room and pack school stuff in backpack (Using her room for seminary stuff and quiet time.) Pack my suitcase Fill out Next Right Thing Guided Journal for this past week Fill out my weekly kickstart planner Fill out today and tomorrow's planner Go to church Call mom Film devotions at church Drive to mom's ??? Depends on what mom says and if she has filled out the paperwork If I drive to mom then that probably ends it, though might get stuff done before I leave since I am up so early Make 3 more Advent videos Work on Wednesdays blog Record 4 more devotions for podcasts Proof and print 4 more devotions
    3 points
  39. I have talked about DD’s struggles before on here. Recently, I enrolled her in a drama class at her request. This drama teacher has gone out of her way to accommodate her hearing disorder and has just been a wonderful person to her. DD has blossomed in drama so much. Her teacher has encouraged her to try out for the play they are doing. She has try outs this afternoon. Send those positive thoughts that she can do this and not have a panic attack. It doesn’t matter to us if she gets a part or not, just that she does that the try out.
    3 points
  40. Being dependent upon others for care-taking on an external basis is not the same as literally feeding off a host body and I know you know that. It us intellectually disingenuous of you to equate the two. But, at Katie's request I am discontinuing partcipation in this line of discussion. I am horrified for this poor young woman. I should have only expressed that and left the rest if the discussion alone.
    3 points
  41. So it is okay to control the unwanted baby by taking away their life?
    3 points
  42. 3 points
  43. My evil plan worked. Bwahahaha!
    3 points
  44. I think this jury decision is very wrong.
    3 points
  45. I love my personal trainer. She really pushes me. Like pushes me way past what I ever thought that I could do. Today we got up to 55 pound weights. I thanked her today and she told me that I might be cursing her instead at 2 in the morning when my muscles are protesting. 😉 And I still love my new shoes.
    3 points
  46. Uploaded pictures for my blog and published today's blog while I watched my college team win. !! Sic Em Bears!!! Off to help hubby put the thing on the bottom of the door. Been a good day today. 🙂
    3 points
  47. 3 points
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