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“The bottom line is this...[O]ur work is about the millions of people who need access to affordable and comprehensive health care.” ICYMI: Our new Acting President Alexis McGill Johnson’s open letter to the Planned Parenthood community ⬇️

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Feminist Speakeasy

💜To so many people abortion represents opportunity, growth, choice & hope. Even if you don’t think of it that way it has been that for someone in your life. 1 in 4 women will have an abortion in their lifetime which means EVERYONE loves someone who will have an abortion. Maybe it is your sibling, your partner, your parent, your friend, or YOURSELF. If you can’t think of anyone it’s only because they haven’t told you. 💜As we have seen throughout history and in other countries, making abortion illegal doesn’t stop abortion; it just makes it harder, more dangerous and more expensive to get. Before Roe Versus Wade hundreds of thousands of people had to risk their lives to get illegal, unsafe abortions and some died. People you know personally will be in danger when it becomes illegal again. People you don’t know, many who are already marginalized, will be in more danger. Please speak up for these people and help us vote these politicians out. 💜If you have contacted a congressperson, spoken up, and donated this week AND if you have voted in the past with abortion rights in mind, I have so much 💛 for you. Thank you! If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? We need you. Donate: @chicagoabortionfund @abortionfunds @prochoiceamerica@aclu_nationwide @ppact REPOSTED FROM @laurenphillips 🎨

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Part 2 | In El Salvador, more than a third of all pregnancies are among girls aged 10 to 19, and girls as young as 9 have become pregnant, according to Deputy Health Minister Eduardo Espinoza in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2016. In addition to a lack of education in secondary schools driving adolescent pregnancies, and committed by grandfathers, fathers and other relatives is often the cause of pregnancies in girls aged 10 to 14, although there is no official data. Abortion has been banned in El Salvador under all circumstances since 1998 and Congress then added a clause to the constitution in 1999 that described life as beginning at conception. Women who experience miscarriages, stillbirths or other pregnancy-related complications are often accused of inducing an abortion and charged with homicide or aggravated homicide. At least 150 women have been prosecuted since the ban was instituted. According to the Salvadoran Citizens’ Association for the Decriminalization of Abortion, 49 women have been convicted and 26 charged with homicide. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ”In El Salvador, women who have had miscarriages have been charged with aggravated homicide, a charge which can bring a sentence of up to 50 years in prison. Amnesty International has documented the cases of many women who have been sentenced to decades in prison after having a miscarriage. The law also puts healthcare professionals in a dilemma, because protecting their patient’s life could lead to their own prosecution and 6 to 12 years of imprisonment,” says Amnesty International. The Ministry of Health says there were 19,290 abortions in between 2005 and 2008, with women and girls commonly ingesting rat poison and other pesticides; thrusting knitting needles, pieces of wood and other sharp objects into the cervix; or taking a drug used to treat stomach ulcers to terminate their pregnancy, and in 2011, the World Health Organization reported that 11% of women and girls who sought an illegal abortion in El Salvador died as a result of the procedure. CREDIT: Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images, National Geographic rights

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Part 1 | In April 2016, Evelyn Beatríz Hernández Cruz, then 17, had a stillbirth into a toilet in a rural community of El Salvador, losing consciousness after copious amounts of loss. Police arrived while she was in hospital under suspicion that she had induced an abortion. Prosecutors argued that Cruz was guilty of because she had not sought antenatal care after giving birth into the toilet and said they did not believe she was oblivious to her pregnancy, but according to Cruz, although the fetus was nearly full term at 32 weeks old, she had no idea she was pregnant because she had experienced intermittent bleeding, which she believed to be her menstrual period, and would have sought medical care had she known. ⠀ She said she had been repeatedly , with her lawyers saying she was too scared to report the rapes and some reports alleging the man who her was a local gang member. She went to an outhouse with severe abdominal and squatted to defecate, she says, when the baby must have eased into the bottom of the septic tank. Evelyn’s mother says she found her daughter passed out next to the latrine and hailed a pickup truck to take her to a hospital 30 minutes away, but both Evelyn and her mother say they were unaware of the baby in the septic tank. ⠀⠀ Medical examiners were unable to determine whether the death occurred in the or the septic tank, although much of the case relied on this factor. In July 2017, Cruz was sentenced to 30 years in prison after a judge found her guilty of aggravated . She appealed the conviction, and had already served 33 months of her sentence when she was released from prison in February 2019 after the Supreme Court overturned the ruling and ordered a retrial—the first retrial in an abortion case in , one of the few countries in the world where abortion is completely criminalised—with a new judge. The case of Cruz, now 21, was reopened Monday, only to be suspended after a decision was made that a new trial date would be announced on July 26. COVER: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images SOURCES: BBC, CBS, mitú rights

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Kadesha Nicholas, MHA, DrPH

Hey Queen! Although Black Girl Magic is real, so are the health issues that plague our women. Knowledge is key to addressing our physical and mental health. Abortion surveillance began in 1969 to document the # and characteristics of women. Data collected has shown that 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women occur in women 15-44 years old. Astonishingly (or not), Non-hispanic Black women have the highest abortion rates (25.1 per 1,000 women or 39 abortions per 1,000 live births). In recent news, we have seen that anti-abortion activists have moved to pass bills restricting abortion across the country. These laws to completely ban abortions are unenforceable due to Roe v. Wade but opponents are hoping that legal challenges will serve as a vehicle to overturn the ruling or just make is down right difficult for you to take control of your health. Now some of you might say.... “what does this have to do with me?” Well, let me tell you! Black/African American women are KNOWN (it’s been proven by data) to have unplanned pregnancies. They may also be fearful of telling family members/friends and as a result can hide pregnancies. High levels of stress (which we are almost ALWAYS experiencing) impacts the rate at which you can detect a pregnancy. While ignorance of changes also contributes to you waiting to confirm a pregnancy. Now, if you live in one of the states (like GA) where there are legal restrictions, then you are VERY limited in options once your pregnancy has been detected. LONG STORY SHORT.... TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH! The odds are always stacked against us. We need to learn to be smart and not let the system work us! Look Queen, you’ve got to take care of you! Keep an eye on changes, menstrual flow, and activity. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Trust me, you are not alone. . . #AbortionRights

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