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sdzoo:

Baby orangutans have the rockingest dos around.

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alxndrasplace:

rhamphotheca:

Religion and Literary Scholar Reza Aslan basically calls out comments by CNN hosts, and Bill Maher, as stupid and racist, in his beautifully learned fashion, for over-generalized arguments about “Islamic Countries”. Honestly, he makes them look like backwards ass dimwits.

Facile arguments… unsophisticated arguments...” ;)

RA would have made a better point if he were to equate WW2 era US with Nazi Germany and Italy, all christian countries. Or France, UK, Belgium with non-colonial, christian, countries of the past. Or equate modern day adherents of israeli Judaism with the victims of the Jewish holocaust. It’s not about religion, but who uses it for what purpose.

dynastylnoire:

micdotcom:

One chart says it all about the government and female bodies 

We’re only halfway through 2014, and state legislators have already introduced a whopping 468 restrictions intended to limit, control or otherwise regulate women’s reproductive rights.
How many comparable bills have been introduced to regulate men’s reproductive health care during this period? Zero. 
Something’s very wrong with this picture.
What would restricting male reproductive rights even look like? | Follow micdotcom


welp

dynastylnoire:

micdotcom:

One chart says it all about the government and female bodies 

We’re only halfway through 2014, and state legislators have already introduced a whopping 468 restrictions intended to limit, control or otherwise regulate women’s reproductive rights.

How many comparable bills have been introduced to regulate men’s reproductive health care during this period? Zero. 

Something’s very wrong with this picture.

What would restricting male reproductive rights even look like? | Follow micdotcom

welp

dreamofbecoming:

Reasons abortion should be fully covered on all insurance plans:

  • If you can’t afford an abortion, you definitely can’t afford a pregnancy
  • If you can’t afford an abortion, and are forced to carry a pregnancy to term anyway, you sure as hell can’t afford a child

Who the fuck do you think you’re really protecting here?

When does a fetus/baby become "sentient"? I know that abortions do not typically happen late in the pregnancy, but why is a minute old baby sentient, when moments ago as a "fetus" they were not?
- Anonymous


proudly-pro-choice:

Thank you for your question.

The main question raised when discussing fetal sentience is “can a fetus feel pain during the abortion procedure?” It is a popular discussion point in the pro-life community, and comes up quite frequently.

First of all, it’s important to keep in mind (I know you brought it up, but I’m mentioning it for others) that almost all abortions (89%) occur within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. (x) Now, in terms of fetal pain, one source states that a fetus cannot feel pain until past the 24 week mark. (x) Another states that fetal pain is non-existent until the third trimester. (x) It would also do many people well to check out bebinn’s awesome & informative fetal pain tag. There’s a lot of helpful information there!

Abortions at that point in a pregnancy do not happen simply because the person no longer wants to be pregnant. They happen because there is a risk to the health of the pregnant person, the fetus is dead, dying, or has a condition not compatible with life. It is an incredibly difficult thing to endure, and it usually involved a very much wanted pregnancy. (I really recommend checking out After Tiller. It’s a very well put together film, which depicts the struggles of many people choosing late-term abortions.

In other words:

- Emily.


pro-choice-or-no-voice:

Abortion Facts and Information: Part 2! I hope this will help people to further understand the abortion procedure, who it effects and why it is a necessary medical procedure for those who need it. Also you can find the UN report that classifies lack of access to abortion here.

Also for anyone reading this who has experienced an abortion and would like to talk to an unbiased, non-judgmental helpline, Exhale will be there for you! And for anyone curious, you can find Part One here. Enjoy! - Paige

alwayspro-choice:

proudly-pro-choice:

It’s unimaginable and disgusting that this happens to children that don’t even understand what’s happening to them.

-Allie

I have to admit I don’t know how I was expecting this to end…but certainly not like that!

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scienceyoucanlove:

nprglobalhealth:

What Drives Abortion: The Law or Income?
About 50,000 women worldwide die because of unsafe abortions. Five million more are admitted to hospitals with complications after the procedure.
Activists and researchers on both sides of the abortion debate agree that these “back-alley” operations are dangerous for women. It’s figuring out the best way to stop them that has been contentious.
One approach has been to make abortion illegal. But evidence is accumulating that this strategy doesn’t work. And it may even backfire, saysAna Langer, who studies reproductive health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
"Many studies have shown that making abortions illegal doesn’t decline the number of abortions," Langer tells NPR. "Women just resort to unsafe providers more often."
To support the claim, Langer cites a large study published in the Lancet a few years ago, which looked at abortions around the world. The conclusion: Prohibiting the procedures is linked with slightly higher rates of abortions. And the majority of these illegal procedures are dangerous for women.
The study estimated abortion rates in the 18 regions around the globe, determined by researchers at the Guttmacher Institute, a think tank in Washington that advocates for abortion rights, who worked with the World Health Organization. The researchers also calculated the fraction of women in each region living what they called “liberal laws” for abortions.
Continue reading.
Photo: Abortions are legal in India. But many are performed by traditional midwives, called dais. Sometimes a dai rubs herbs on a woman’s stomach or gives her plants to eat. (Poulomi Basu for NPR)

**I don’t like to touch this issue with anything personal BUT I do want to add that NPR needs to watch out for backwards wording (even though it was quoting, there are better ways to introduce that sentence) like saying that people in country X or Y ‘know’ or ‘don’t know’ how to protect themselves. Availability and (proper) Sexual Education are factors as well, I really dislike Westerners to say ‘they don’t know how’ or ‘know any better’ when there are social and religious reasons why a country refuses their citizens healthcare, sex ed and/or protection 

^^^^

scienceyoucanlove:

nprglobalhealth:

What Drives Abortion: The Law or Income?

About 50,000 women worldwide die because of unsafe abortions. Five million more are admitted to hospitals with complications after the procedure.

Activists and researchers on both sides of the abortion debate agree that these “back-alley” operations are dangerous for women. It’s figuring out the best way to stop them that has been contentious.

One approach has been to make abortion illegal. But evidence is accumulating that this strategy doesn’t work. And it may even backfire, saysAna Langer, who studies reproductive health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

"Many studies have shown that making abortions illegal doesn’t decline the number of abortions," Langer tells NPR. "Women just resort to unsafe providers more often."

To support the claim, Langer cites a large study published in the Lancet a few years ago, which looked at abortions around the world. The conclusion: Prohibiting the procedures is linked with slightly higher rates of abortions. And the majority of these illegal procedures are dangerous for women.

The study estimated abortion rates in the 18 regions around the globe, determined by researchers at the Guttmacher Institute, a think tank in Washington that advocates for abortion rights, who worked with the World Health Organization. The researchers also calculated the fraction of women in each region living what they called “liberal laws” for abortions.

Continue reading.

Photo: Abortions are legal in India. But many are performed by traditional midwives, called dais. Sometimes a dai rubs herbs on a woman’s stomach or gives her plants to eat. (Poulomi Basu for NPR)

**I don’t like to touch this issue with anything personal BUT I do want to add that NPR needs to watch out for backwards wording (even though it was quoting, there are better ways to introduce that sentence) like saying that people in country X or Y ‘know’ or ‘don’t know’ how to protect themselves. Availability and (proper) Sexual Education are factors as well, I really dislike Westerners to say ‘they don’t know how’ or ‘know any better’ when there are social and religious reasons why a country refuses their citizens healthcare, sex ed and/or protection 

^^^^

galaxiesoftheuniverse:

4 of the largest Moons of Jupiter

  1. Io
  2. Ganymede
  3. Europa
  4. Callisto

Io is the innermost of the four Galilean moons of the planet Jupiter and, with a diameter of 3,642 kilometres the fourth-largest moon in the Solar System. Io played a significant role in the development of astronomy in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei, along with the other Galilean satellites. It was named after the mythological character Io, a priestess of Hera who became one of Zeus’s lovers. With over 400 active volcanoes, Io is the most geologically active object in the Solar System.

Ganymede is a satellite of Jupiter and the largest moon in the Solar System. It is the seventh moon and third Galilean satellite outward from Jupiter. Ganymede’s discovery is credited to Galileo Galilei, who was the first to observe it on January 7, 1610.The satellite’s name was soon suggested by astronomer Simon Marius, for the mythological Ganymede, cupbearer of the Greek gods and Zeus’s lover

Europa is the sixth-closest moon of the planet Jupiter, and the smallest of its four Galilean satellites, but still the sixth-largest moon in the Solar System. Europa was discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei and possibly independently by Simon Marius around the same time. It is named after a Phoenician noblewoman in Greek mythology, Europa, who was courted by Zeus and became the queen of Crete

Callisto is a moon of the planet Jupiter. It was discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei. It is the third-largest moon in the Solar System and the second largest in the Jovian system, after Ganymede. Callisto has about 99% the diameter of the planet Mercury but only about a third of its mass. It is the fourth Galilean moon of Jupiter by distance, with an orbital radius of about 1,880,000 km.Callisto is named after one of Zeus's many lovers in Greek mythology.

huffingtonpost:

Why We Should Stop Climate Change, According To Kids

More than 400,000 people showed up on Sunday for the People’s Climate March in New York City, rallying in solidarity with a planet that’s facing an onslaught of climate change, greenhouse gases and rising seas. See more of these adorable kids voicing their opinions on climate change here.

psicologicamenteblog:

Source: 15 things you didn’t know about the brain.

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momo33me:

Rome in Solidarity with Palestine

deakin-environment:

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Our focus on applied environmental science means you experience learning both in the class as well as in the field. Getting your hands dirty in the field and learning about environmental science in the field are critical for developing the skills you need to succeed.  On top of this you are not limited to field options in Australia! Imagine spending 3 weeks in Borneo as part of our study tour in conservation and sustainability in an Asian context (SLE335), or heading to all parts of the World completing a placement as part of your Global Environmental Placement (SLE225). Check out some of the global adventures of our students at http://sebeabroad.tumblr.com/.

If this all sounds like you, you can find out more here http://www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/find-a-course/environment  

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