Despite Laws, Inmates Are Still Shackled While Giving Birth

” In addition to the extensive use of shackling in violation of the 2009 law, it also found a lack of oversight of reproductive health care, poor conditions of confinement for pregnant women, unfair rejections of women from the prison’s nursery program, inadequate access to gynecological care, substandard medical treatment, insufficient supplies of feminine hygiene products and toilet paper, severely limited access to contraception, and poor access to gynecological care, including privacy violations for women placed in solitary confinement.”

Whole piece from The Guardian, including interviews with inmates about their own personal experiences HERE

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“What Kind of Life Will My Child Have?” Answered By Folks Who Know

“The best part? Everyone in this video has Down syndrome. And they focus on the good things — reminding people, especially parents who might be worried about what the journey of parenting a child with Down syndrome will be like, that people who have Down syndrome can do all the important things that any parent values. They can go to school, travel, work, make friends, and express their love for their parents, friends, and family. They’re honest about the fact that it can be hard—but isn’t parenting always hard?”

This video comes at an especially significant time considering the recent story of a mom leaving her husband and son because he was born with down syndrome.

Please Don’t Tell Me I Was Lucky To Be Adopted

“Adoptees and our children, despite being connected to each other, can still feel alone, without extended families or roots or anybody who looks like us. There is that inescapable feeling that many of us, ourselves and our kids, have: that we could, at any moment, just float away into the ether because we have nothing to hold on to.”

Very powerful piece from an adult adoptee, read it in full HERE

The 8 Biggest Misconceptions About Infertility

” It’s hard to be the friend of an infertile, but you are not the victim. It’s really not about you, so don’t make it that way. Infertiles are trying desperately to live in a fertile world, and it can be hard even to get out of bed each day. Those going through infertility treatments experience similar rates of depression as those being treated for cancer. In most cases infertility is not life-threatening, but it sure as hell affects your quality of life.
I promise you, these people have thought more than most about what it means to become a parent. A child conceived through infertility treatments is appreciated and loved just as much as, if not more than, a child conceived any other way.”

These are some great suggestions. Hubby and I are just now slowly making our struggle public and this would be helpful with a lot of the of the cuff advise we get from friends and family (and strangers) that just want to help.
Anyone else having this issue? Any suggestions for coping?

Full list HERE

‘Heartbeat’ Bill Advanced in Ohio (infringing on your rights)

Damn Ohio..
“H.B. 248, the so-called “Heartbeat bill,” advanced out of the House Health and Aging Committee by a party-line vote of 11 to 6. If it passes the Republican-controlled House and Senate, doctors who perform abortions after the imposed limit would face a fifth-degree felony. Opponents warn the bill would ban abortions before some women even realize they’re pregnant.”

Offensive Halloween Costumes Won’t Pass at McGill!

KUDOS TO MCGILL!!! This is great. For their annual 4floors party, the people at the door will be using a colour coded system to assess your costume. Green means you get in, red means you are turned away (see ya Pochahottie, GAH!) and yellow means they’re having trouble deciding so equity commissioners are brought in. That means that it’s up to five people to make the decision if they’re on the fence, this is not a heated, personal, individual decision.

I think this is AMAZING! How often are marginalized groups just told to ‘deal with it’? That this representation of their cultures and communities is nothing to get upset about, that they’re being too sensitive? Well, as someone whose family was shattered by the 60’s scoop I can tell you that the colonizers version of what makes an ‘indian’ has always been, and continues to be powerfully oppressive to us. I am so glad to see a Canadian University actually looking out for the health and well being of ALL it’s students, and taking a definitive stance on costumes like these. Clear message recieved!

Find out more about it HERE