INCIDENCE OF ABORTION
• Half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion.
•Twenty-one percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.
• In 2011, 1.06 million abortions were performed, down 13% from 1.21 million in 2008. From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions occurred.
• Each year, 1.7% of women aged 15-44 have an abortion . Half have had at least one previous abortion.
• At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45, and at 2008 abortion rates, one in 10 women will have an abortion by age 20, one in four by age 30 and three in 10 by age 45.[4,5]
This article appears in the November 2014 issue of ELLE magazine.
I went to Katha Pollitt’s apartment one sunny afternoon last summer, bearing fancy sandwiches and a decent bottle of rosé. The sandwiches were our lunch; the wine meant more.
The venerable columnist of the left-wing magazine The Nation lives with her second husband, political and social theorist Steven Lukes, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The apartment was very warm; sweat would soon bead on my upper lip.
Reporters sometimes ply interview subjects with alcohol in hopes of lessening their inhibitions, getting them to say the impolitic but “true” thing. But not in this case. I knew Pollitt would be eager to expound on her important, revelatory new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights—the very subject of which is impolitic. She greeted me at the front door in dark, loose pants and a cotton-knit top, the kind of comfortable clothes one wears to write. Her hair was short and spiky, a little damp, as if she’d just come out of the shower. She was barefoot. Did I say it was hot in there?
17. Leave the bubble. We all have one: our comfort zone of people who think like us and who understand our views and our ethos and don’t make us feel like we have to explain our most basic principles. Time to leave the comfort zone. For me, it’s been about understanding critiques of white feminism, learning, and being better next time.
18. Sisterhood is not so global. Just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean I understand what it means to walk in the shoes of the woman standing next to me. We both experience gender inequality in its micro and macro forms, and owe it to each other to create space for those nuances and intersections.
19. Talk about sex. Sexual relationships should be so fun, and safe, and healthy, and interesting, and exactly what you want them to be. They should yield millions of orgasms and lots of fun for everyone involved, and one of the ways we do that is to make sure that sex isn’t taboo. And obviously, one way to break some of these taboos is to talk about sex. And not just sexual health, but pleasure. All the time (not just on Valentine’s Day). With your partner. With your friends. Good sex is a feminist issue.
20. Share your story. Your abortion story. Your rape story. Your birth story. Your addiction story. Your family story. It creates a safe space for others to do the same.
Piety or Prison No More: Atheist Jailed for Refusal to Enter Faith-Based Drug Rehab Program Receives Large Settlement
An atheist who once spent 100 days in prison because he refused to enter a religion-based rehab program has been awarded a sizable settlement for his unjust treatment.
Back in 2007, Californian Barry Hazle was busted for possession of methamphetamine and sentenced to one year in jail. Hazle was paroled, but to stay out of jail he had to enter a treatment program. That’s where Hazle, described in media reports as a lifelong atheist, ran into trouble.
Hazle was ordered to attend a program run by Fresno-based WestCare California, Inc. On its website, the WestCare Foundation describes itself as “a family of tax-exempt nonprofit organizations” that offers “a wide spectrum of health and human services in both residential and outpatient environments.” Those services include “substance abuse and addiction treatment, homeless and runaway shelters, domestic violence treatment and prevention, and mental health programs.”
At least seven women were found dead this weekend across northwest Indiana, and officials said a man in custody confessed to their killings and provided information on where police could find several of the bodies.
We’ve long known how wigged out Rand Paul is at LGF so it’s heartening that others are coming to the forefront with the facts about his paleolibertarian populist posturing.
As this government-bashing tea partier moves toward a White House bid, journalists scrutinize his every wiggle and whisper. But one core component of his political personality has largely escaped exploration: The senator is close to being a full-blown conspiracy theorist.
In 2010, before winning his Senate seat, Paul sat for an interview with Luke Rudkowski, a libertarian YouTube personality who specializes in quizzing political leaders about the plot to establish a “one-world socialist government.” Rudkowski asked what Paul knew of the Bilderberg Group, a collection of government and business leaders whose annual conference is a favorite target of conspiracy-mongers. Paul replied, “Only what I’ve learned from Alex Jones.” That’s right: Alex Jones, the radio host who claims that Bilderberg is a key part of a global plot to create a “scientific dictatorship” that will exterminate the “useless eaters,” a.k.a. 80 percent of the human population.
Paul described the group to Rudkowski in unequivocally Jonesian terms, as “very wealthy people, who I think manipulate and use government to their own personal advantage. They want to make it out like world government will be good for humanity. But guess what? World government is good for their pocketbook.” The previous year, Paul had appeared on Jones’ radio show, noting that he had watched his host’s videos and expressing support for the effort to “expose people who are promoting this globalist agenda.” (In turn, Jones urged his listeners to send money to Paul’s Senate campaign.)
By Monday morning, 48 of the people in Dallas who are being monitored for Ebola symptoms will be cleared to resume their lives, after a tense three weeks for them and for much of the nation.
Fourteen of the 48 were cleared Saturday and 34 more were to be released from control orders at midnight, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Sunday evening at a news conference in Dallas. That will leave more than 100 in Dallas and Ohio still being monitored.
Jenkins said the first 14 included those who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who died of Ebola, when he arrived in the emergency department at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Sept. 28. The other 34 had contact with him later that day after he was admitted. Duncan died of Ebola Oct. 8.
Tens of thousands of people from Kobane have fled months of fighting between besieging IS forces and Syrian Kurd defenders.
Until now Turkey has refused to allow Kurdish fighters to cross into Syria.
The World Health Organization on Monday declared Nigeria officially Ebola-free, after 42 days — or two incubation periods — without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus.
“The virus is gone for now. The outbreak in Nigeria has been defeated. This is a spectacular success story that shows to the world that Ebola can be contained,” WHO country representative Rui Gama Vaz said in Abuja.
In a move that marked a break with a key NATO ally, the U.S. dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies Sunday to Kurdish forces fighting to defend the Syrian city of Kobani from the Islamic State.
The word came only hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned President Barack Obama not to assist the Kobani defenders, who he believes are linked to a group both Turkey and the United States have classified as a terrorist organization.
The airdrops were the first of their kind since Obama declared the anti-Islamic State campaign in early August and came after U.S. planes last week conducted more than 100 airstrikes on Islamic State positions in and around Kobani. Those strikes, which were coordinated with Kurdish militias on the ground, allowed the Kurdish forces to reclaim miles of territory that had fallen to the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIL or ISIS.