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February 25, 2014
I don’t expect to be in the room [nor] will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. 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.
Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin • In a public post on Martin’s Facebook page, in response to a Valentine’s Day card from the Virignia Pro-Choice Coalition, that was discovered and spotlighted by the Huffington Post on Monday afternoon. The Virginia state senator has since edited his post to say “bearer of the child” instead of “host”; however, Martin continued to defend his original wording, telling HuffPo that he “[doesn’t] see how anyone could have taken it the wrong way.” source
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September 1, 2012
We ask for forgiveness that for nearly 50 years we didn’t find a way of reaching out to you from human being to human being. We ask that you regard our long silence as a sign of the shock that your fate caused in us.
Gruenenthal Group CEO Harald Stock • Apologizing to thousands of mothers for the congenital birth defects caused by the mothers’ usage of the company’s drug thalidomide over 50 years ago. The drug was pulled from the market in 1961, though it was never sold in the United States. The German company, however, literally took decades to respond to anger over the issues caused by the medication, which caused babies to be born with shortened limbs — or in some cases, without limbs at all. To correspond with the apology, the company created a statue of a child born without limbs, in an effort to bring attention to the issue — despite the fact that most victims are now adults.
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August 19, 2012

martj42 says: So what is the % of rape victims who get pregnant from the rape?

» SFB says: While definitive statistics for this sort of thing are difficult to come by, they’re not impossible to figure out. An estimate from RAINN puts that number at 5 percent of all victims, on average — a number matched by a 1996 study of the matter— Ernie @ SFB

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August 7, 2012
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July 23, 2012
We are all here today because we want to bring about that moment when we stop adding names. When we can come to a gathering like this one and not talk about the fight against AIDS, but instead commemorate the birth of a generation that is free of AIDS.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton • During a speech at the International AIDS conference on Monday, announcing that the United States would increase AIDS research funding by $80 million. The money will go to a variety of research and clinical projects, including new projects focused on treating pregnant women with HIV and increasing the availability of volunteer circumcision services for men.   source (viafollow)
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July 2, 2012

"IVF is now part of the mainstream": Test-tube babies become common

  • 5 million test tube babies born since the first one, way back in 1978 source

» About 350,000 born per year: A solution that’s given parents everywhere a second chance has gone far beyond just being a medical novelty. Now it’s a commonplace procedure, one that’s gone far beyond the birth of Louise Brown, the first test-tube baby (now a mother herself). But, in vitro fertilization experts warn, it’s not a cure-all for pregnancies late in life. ”The subtext is that if people delay childbirth they may view IVF as an insurance policy that they can access at any stage,” says Stuart Lavery of London’s Hammersmith Hospital. “Unfortunately the facts still suggest that IVF success rates in women as they get older are not fantastic.”

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21:13 // 2 years ago
June 24, 2012

No holding hands: Tennessee gets stricter on sex education

  • 48.2 pregnancies per 1,000 teenage girls aged 15 to 17 in Tennessee in 1998, around the time abstinence-focused sex education was put in place
  • 29.6 pregnancies per 1,000 teenage girls aged 15 to 17 in Tennessee in 2009, still one of the highest pregnancy levels in the country source

» And the sex-ed laws are about to get stricter: The “no holding-hands” bill would be a continuation of Tennessee’s pro-abstinence education; teen pregnancy rates dropped in the state when abstinence-focused curricula was introduced in the ’90s, but critics think they’re going in the wrong direction. ”This bill ties the hands of educators in Tennessee and will prevent them from providing the comprehensive education that students want and need and their parents expect,” said Barry Chase, president of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region.

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17:27 // 2 years ago