shooting animals who are just wandering around minding their own business and then calling it a ‘sport’ is unjustifiable
i am an individual, not a thing. i am worth fixing if i am broken.
elephant - http://animom.tripod.com/motala.html
bunny, dolphin, eagle, cat, pig - http://dailynewsdig.com/amazing-prosthetic-limbs-for-animals/
We just spent 500 dollars getting our hamster’s leg amputated because that was the only way to treat his problem; luckily he doesn’t need a prosthetic because he walks wonderfully on three and a half legs, but we would have done anything it took. He’s a life and he’s wonderful. :)
imagine if there was an LGBT awareness day
and it was sponsored by an organization that treats non-hetero sexualities and non-cis gender identities as a disease, and that has paid for the legal defenses of parents who murder their gay children, and that promotes researching a cure that will fix us all and make us cis and straight
and most of the posts in the LGBT tag are “I am a mother/father/brother/sister of an LGBT person, and I want you to know that they’re human despite their disease.”
(posts by actual gay, bisexual, and trans* people are fewer, because there are fewer of us.)
and half of them are also about ‘the struggles of growing up with an LGBT family member’ and how ‘dealing with an LGBT child can put a strain on your marriage’
and some of them are links to ‘encouraging’ news about how scientists are close to finding the genes for gayness so you can abort your child in the womb if they test positive for gayness
when LGBT people speak up about this they are told they should be glad that people are raising awareness for them and that they aren’t, in any event, the ‘type of gay people’ the others are talking about
and now you know how I feel about Autism Awareness Day
My jaw just hit the floor. This is the best explanation of this I’ve seen.
This is a great point. I wonder why we don’t feel the same about Down Syndrome and other similar conditions.
Graphics like this frustrate me, because while I am pro-life and agree with the sentiment, this particular argument comes across as uncaring about the eagle (or whatever animal is being featured). If abortion was banned would you want to suddenly legalize the murder of endangered animals? Why can’t the argument be to value both equally? Also, for anyone who doesn’t know, killing these types is ONLY illegal because they are endangered, as a result of human actions. It is (unfortunately) not only legal but encouraged in many areas to kill animals for meat of “just for fun.”
Pro-life to me means pro-life for ALL.
Easter is coming up! And it’s a terrible time for pet store bunnies!
Rabbits are marketed as “easy”, short-lived, starter pets, especially during the Easter holidays, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth! A healthy, well cared for bunny can live just as long as the average cat or dog- 10-12 years!
What’s more, they have more complex needs than a cat or a dog. Rabbits are prey animals and do not behave or show affection in the same way as predators like cats and dogs; they don’t deal well with being outside-only animals; they can get sad if they’re on their own and don’t receive enough attention; and if they’re bought as a male and female couple, they can start reproducing from as early as 5-6 months of age, and they can carry multiple litters at the same time!
They have a specialised diet (NOT carrots!), need a specialised living area (unless you want all your things to get chewed up!), and they need specialised vets! Caring for them costs as much as caring for a dog!
They’re a big responsibility!
BUNNY SAFETY SIGNAL BOOST BECAUSE BUNNIES ARE IMPORTANT
keep your buns on lock
Bunny signal boost because I wish my bunny lived for 10 years. :(
Two of our bunnies died, one at 2.5 years old and one at 4.5 years old, but the first one was very sick from birth and it was a miracle he lived as long as he did. <3 Everything we did for them was beyond worth it though.
A few days before Christmas, the Gulers went to the obstetrician’s office for the 19-week ultrasound. They wanted to know whether to hang a pink or a blue stocking by the fireplace. But they never did find out the gender. Instead they learned that their miracle child had a brain defect so severe that the doctor described it as incompatible with life. Gasping, Sarah asked whether surgery or drugs could fix the condition, but the doctor shook his head. “If you’re looking for a baby that’s going to go to school and play soccer,” he told her, “this is not that child.” The doctor offered to do extra tests but added that the results would be the same. The baby would most likely be stillborn and if it survived birth, would suffer seizures every day of its short life. “If that were me,” Sarah thought, “I’d rather go to God.”
But she and her husband were in for another shock. When Sarah asked when the doctor could schedule an induction to abort the fetus, he shook his head. “We don’t do that here.” Instead, he gave her a list of abortion clinics and told her that she had only seven days to get an abortion. “You have to hurry because there’s a ban,” the doctor told them. “You’re already at 19 weeks. By next Friday, it will be too late.”
In the car on the way home, Sarah began calling the clinics on the list. Only two of them offered abortions up to 20 weeks of pregnancy. What followed was an odyssey of dead ends. Most clinics told her that they only offered abortions up to 16 weeks. One in Dallas referred her to a clinic in New Mexico, but that clinic couldn’t see her until January because it was closed for the holidays. Another clinic in Houston could schedule her on Dec. 26, but after a 24-hour mandatory waiting period she would be too far along to legally abort the fetus. Each receptionist gave Sarah another number to call until eventually she realized she had called some clinics twice. Sarah began to panic. She realized that if she failed to find a clinic in the next week, she would have to spend the remainder of her pregnancy waiting for the baby to die in utero.
“Texas can’t help us,” she said to her husband.
Observer: Texas’ New Abortion Law is Driving Women to Extremes
I’m sorry, but this is the sort of story that really frustrates me, because imagine just how different it would be if the child was born. Imagine a couple whose child suffered a severe brain injury, one that would eventually be fatal and caused them to suffer severe seizures in the meantime. Imagine the parents deciding “If it were me, I’d rather go to God” and start calling doctors to provide a lethal injection. Imagine them being shocked when doctors refuse to “help” them kill their disabled child. And imagine all the liberal, disability rights activists who would be horrified over what these parents were trying to do!
But the child is a fetus, so it’s a-ok, and a tragedy that they can’t get rid of it. It is not okay to kill people because they are disabled. Prenatal tests are NOT, despite what a lot of doctors like to have us believe, 100%, diagnoses are not always accurate, you cannot know anything about this child’s quality of life until they are born. It is not ok to kill someone over what you imagine their quality of life to be. It’s just not. And that’s something that I think is completely unquestioned in liberal disability rights activism, except suddenly when it’s a fetus. That shows me there are some real problems with the way we approach abortion, as liberals.
I HAVE SO MANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS ARTICLE WHICH MY FIANCE ABOVE WAS KIND ENOUGH TO BEGIN POINTING OUT ALREADY.
1. They never bothered to find out the sex of the baby. They could have looked, could have humanized that child a bit like ANY OTHER 20 week fetus, could’ve even NAMED them, but they were so quick to want to “terminate” this baby they didn’t take the time to find out his or her sex. That is really baffling to me.
2. “If you’re looking for a child who will play soccer and go to school, this is not that child.”
"OH, I’M SORRY, WE ORDERED A RED-HEADED CHILD WITH THREE ARMS AND SUPERB HARP PLAYING ABILITIES, I THINK WE SHOULD KILL THIS ONE AND TRY AGAIN!"
You don’t get to say, sorry, we wanted a different child, and take away the joy that kid or another set of parents could’ve gotten from them. If YOU are not looking for a kid with specific abilities, put them up for adoption and save their life.
3. “The doctor said he could do other tests but the results would be the same.”
UM, if he’s a doctor he should know that these tests are NOT completely accurate. He literally just discouraged them from getting a second opinion or doing an entirely different test, which could’ve shown different results, or even given them real time to think about their decision. Shame on him. He has no right to draw these incorrect conclusions or use them to sway her opinion.
4. “Schedule an induction to abort;” are they referring to partial birth abortion? I am so frustrated with the hypocrisy here - “a baby is not a baby and does not have rights until he/she is born” does not apply if you’re talking about birthing and THEN killing that baby. There’s a reason late term abortion is banned: there is a good chance the baby can feel pain at his/her age. Who feels they are barbaric enough to induce labour, help someone give birth, then proceed to murder the child that comes out because you’ve decided their life isn’t worth living? Again, SHAME.
The absolute ONLY option that should be available here is to deliver the child ALIVE, and try to keep them that way. If the mother doesn’t want him/her, that shouldn’t give anyone the right to kill them.
I really really don’t want to upset anyone with this post, but I also cannot in good conscious let stories like this go around being mislabeled as “women’s rights issues.” That baby has rights. That life has a right to exist. He/she didn’t ask to be conceived, and until one specific ultrasound was a wanted child. Giving birth does not imply parenting and it also doesn’t give you the right to murder, whether that child is disabled, abled, or freakin’ super-abled. God help us.
Most people who see nothing wrong with abortion have that belief because they don’t think an unborn baby is a person. They don’t even like the term “unborn baby” because it lends to the idea that what’s in the womb is a person. They usually stick with the term “fetus” because the emotional response generated from discussion of killing a fetus is more palatable than that of killing a baby. But even if they were right about the absence of humanity in a fetus, it doesn’t change the fact that aborting a fetus is a horrific, senseless tragedy.
Just for the sake of the argument, let’s use the term “fetus” and disregard that a quick overview of basic human embryology tells us fetuses are people. But before we can move on, we need to classify fetuses as something else if they aren’t people. So if a fetus is not a person, what is it? Fetuses are alive, no one can deny that. They’re obviously not plants, insects, or bacteria, so the only possibility left is that fetuses are animals.
So, let’s pretend a fetus is a non-human animal. Now that it’s settled, allow me use an example to demonstrate why killing a non-human animal in a similar fashion as one used in a human abortion is still deplorable.
Let’s say I have a puppy but I can’t afford one at this stage in my life (lack of money is a common reason for wanting to abort). What do I do with this puppy?
Since it’s still small, I’m going to cram it in a blender while conscious and liquefy it to a bloody soup, disposing of the concoction in the trash.
That might work for a small puppy, but what about an older dog? It won’t fit in a blender.
How about this then: Without using anesthesia, I’m going to chop each of the dogs legs off, one by one, with a pair of bolt cutters. But the dog is still alive at this point, so the job isn’t over yet. Now, I’m going to pick up a giant rock, slam it down on the dog’s head to crush it, and then throw the dog’s mangled body in a bio hazard bag.
Do you think the methods of getting rid of the dog were disturbing? Who wouldn’t?
If I got caught getting rid of just one dog with either of the two described methods, not only would I be jailed because it’s illegal, my mug shot would be all over the internet accompanied by hateful epithets demanding my torturous death. In my defense, I could argue that it was my right and choice to kill my dog. I could say what I did to the dog was none of the government’s business. I could say the dog was better off dead than leading a less-than-ideal life. However, not one of those excuses would sway a single person.
Exactly the point I was trying to make with some of my earlier posts but they said it better. I respect animal life as much as human life to begin with. I find it so sad when I see “pro choicers” still using the logic that a fetus is not human or not human enough. Their logic makes no sense.
This woman is so beautiful inside and out. I can’t believe how violently people are opposing her NATURAL facial hair. :/
A report from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, found that transgender people faced double the rate of unemployment of the general population, with 63 percent of the transgender people surveyed reporting they experienced a serious act of discrimination that majorly affected their ability to sustain themselves. These numbers are even worse for trans people of color, especially trans women of color, the deaths of whom have been deemed a “state of emergency.”
Trans women have been saddled with the responsibility of taking on trans-exclusionary feminists for far too long—but it’s not their issue to deal with alone.
Read: It’s Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women by Tina Vasquez at BitchMedia.org. Infographic by Michelle Leigh.
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