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Outcry in America as pregnant women who lose babies face murder charges
Women's rights campaigners see the creeping criminalisation of pregnant women as a new front in the culture wars over abortion

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Rennie Gibbs is accused of murder, but the crime she is alleged to have committed does not sound like an ordinary killing. Yet she faces life in prison in Mississippi over the death of her unborn child.

Gibbs became pregnant aged 15, but lost the baby in December 2006 in a stillbirth when she was 36 weeks into the pregnancy. When prosecutors discovered that she had a cocaine habit – though there is no evidence that drug abuse had anything to do with the baby's death – they charged her with the "depraved-heart murder" of her child, which carries a mandatory life sentence.
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Bei Bei Shuai, 34, has spent the past three months in a prison cell in Indianapolis charged with murdering her baby. On 23 December she tried to commit suicide by taking rat poison after her boyfriend abandoned her.

Shuai was rushed to hospital and survived, but she was 33 weeks pregnant and her baby, to whom she gave birth a week after the suicide attempt and whom she called Angel, died after four days. In March Shuai was charged with murder and attempted foeticide and she has been in custody since without the offer of bail.
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Amanda Kimbrough is one of the women who have been ensnared as a result of the law being applied in a wholly different way. During her pregnancy her foetus was diagnosed with possible Down's syndrome and doctors suggested she consider a termination, which Kimbrough declined as she is not in favour of abortion.

The baby was delivered by caesarean section prematurely in April 2008 and died 19 minutes after birth.

Six months later Kimbrough was arrested at home and charged with "chemical endangerment" of her unborn child on the grounds that she had taken drugs during the pregnancy – a claim she has denied.

"That shocked me, it really did," Kimbrough said. "I had lost a child, that was enough."

She now awaits an appeal ruling from the higher courts in Alabama, which if she loses will see her begin a 10-year sentence behind bars. "I'm just living one day at a time, looking after my three other kids," she said. "They say I'm a criminal, how do I answer that? I'm a good mother."
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South Carolina was one of the first states to introduce such a foetal homicide law. National Advocates for Pregnant Women has found only one case of a South Carolina man who assaulted a pregnant woman having been charged under its terms, and his conviction was eventually overturned. Yet the group estimates there have been up to 300 women arrested for their actions during pregnancy.

My commentary under the cut )
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NPR Executive Caught Calling Tea Partiers ‘Racist’
The executive, Ronald Schiller, was recorded secretly by the Republican filmmaker and mischief-maker James O’Keefe. On the videotape, Mr. Schiller tells people posing as Muslim philanthropists that the Republican party has been “hijacked” by the Tea Party and that Tea Party supporters are “seriously racist, racist people.” Mr. Schiller indicates that he is sharing his personal point of view, not NPR’s.

I have to say... )
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The House GOP's Plan to Redefine Rape

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Republicans propose that the rape exemption be limited to "forcible rape." This would rule out federal assistance for abortions in many rape cases, including instances of statutory rape, many of which are non-forcible. For example: If a 13-year-old girl is impregnated by a 24-year-old adult, she would no longer qualify to have Medicaid pay for an abortion.

Other types of rapes that would no longer be covered by the exemption include rapes in which the woman was drugged or given excessive amounts of alcohol, rapes of women with limited mental capacity, and many date rapes.

As for the incest exception, the bill would only allow federally funded abortions if the woman is under 18.


In other words, "forcible rape" = "someone physically holding you down and forcing sexual intercourse on you while you kick and scream". If that.

Dear Misogynists: )
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I hope everyone who celebrates Halloween had a good one. I didn't do much, but I still dressed up. Anyway, here are a couple of photos (with some of my face blurred because this is public):

cut for possibly politically polarizing costume )

I want to do NaNoWriMo again this year, but I probably won't get any further than I did last year. I don't think I posted about this, but I lost my job this past June and I'm picking up whatever bit of work I can find right now. I also went back to school last spring. I have about 5 different things going right now, so NaNo is going to have to be put on the back burner for the time being.
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Before I start, allow me to wish a Happy Veterans Day to all the military people who have served this country.

If you dislike Barack Obama, then you probably won't want to read this. )
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crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] obama_2008, [livejournal.com profile] barackobama2008, and my LJ

I went to the Obama rally held in Norfolk, VA this past Tuesday night (October 28). Parking in downtown Norfolk is ridiculous (not to mention expensive), so I got up at 4:30 am to catch the 5:15 am bus to Portsmouth where I work, then I got off at 3:45 pm to catch the 4:00 ferry to Norfolk, hopped into Waterside to grab a bite to eat, then hurried over to Harbor Park (baseball stadium). I was in line by 4:30. Obama was scheduled to speak at 9:30. There were two lines. The longer line was to sit in the stadium seats. The shorter line was to stand on the field facing Obama. I got in the standing line and ended up in the second or third row on the field. By the time Obama came out I had worked my way to the front. Afterward, I took the late bus home. It was 11:51 pm when I walked in my front door but it was all worth it!

Photos )
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crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] obama_2008, [livejournal.com profile] barackobama2008, and my LJ.

Biden asks for Virginia's support at Suffolk campaign rally

I attended this rally this morning and took lots of photos.

Photos )

Speechless

Feb. 25th, 2007 03:41 pm
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This is one of the most priceless things I have ever seen.
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I found out after I went to bed that Webb pulled ahead of Allen by a few votes. Hooray!

They haven't counted all the absentee ballots and there will probably be a recount, but I actually have a little hope now.
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Angry Left-Wing Rant - Will Be Offensive To Some )

I'm going to bed now.
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11699703/

PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Mike Rounds signed legislation Monday banning nearly all abortions in South Dakota, setting up a court fight aimed at challenging the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

The bill would make it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion unless the procedure was necessary to save the woman's life. It would make no exception for cases of rape or incest.


Yeah, cause if you "get yourself raped", it's your own fault because you're obviously a slut who was sending out signs by wearing that short skirt or walking alone through that parking lot after dark!
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This makes me wonder if Coretta knew how bad it's going to be and decided not to stick around see the Supreme Court undo what she and Martin lived (and died) for.
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On Thursday evening, I got a postcard in the mail inviting me to a rally featuring Virginia gubernatorial candidate Tim Kaine and Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) (also see here) on Sunday at 12:30pm at Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Virginia. I figure I needed to become more politically active, and I've never been to a political rally so I decided to go. I'm glad I did.

There were several more politicians there, either running for office or there in support of Kaine. The ones who spoke were Mayor Paul Fraim, 83rd House District candidate Georgia F. Allen, Attorney General candidate R. Creigh Deeds, and Congressman Bobby Scott.

It was very exciting and I had a great time cheering for all of those people. I got a big Tim Kaine sign to wave and I got to stand in the third or fourth row. While Kaine was speaking, I took a pen out of my purse and wrote on the back of my sign "WE CAN TRUST KAINE!!!" (That was suppose to be a knockoff of Jerry Kilgore's ads saying "We can't trust Tim Kaine".) and then held it up where he could see. After the rally, Kaine and Bobby Scott autographed my sign. I wanted to get Barack Obama's autograph, but security whisked him away before he got to everyone. However, I did get to shake his hand and I saw him leave in his limo. I waved at him and yelled "Thanks for coming!" and he waved back at me. I took lots of pictures too. Hopefully I will be able to get them online some time soon.

If you are a registered voter in Virginia -- Vote for Kaine!
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