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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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  1. noen
    noen August 14, 2007 at 8:11 am |

    Understandably horrible. I suppose that one silver lining would be if it mobilized people to rise in opposition. Perhaps in addition to creating a generation that rejects right-wing rule here in the US this administration will do us the same favor around the world. So if one is looking for a reason to hope I guess that might be one.

  2. Saros
    Saros August 14, 2007 at 9:22 am |

    The pentagon spends a billion bucks a day? Ouch, im glad im not a US taxpayer.
    Stats like that really make you wonder about the priorities of modern governments.

  3. Miller
    Miller August 14, 2007 at 11:23 am |

    Pro-“lifers” will just say that women and girls can avoid this by being sexually responsible or stop “asking” for rape. If a woman dies because the pregnancy itself kills her they’ll just say it’s God’s will.

    Check out the article from The Independent: Amnesty to defy Catholic church over rape victims’ abortion rights. Amnesty decided to act due to the rape sprees in Darfur.

    On another note: Did anyone else read Freakonomics? The authors claimed that the huge decrease in violent crime in America was a direct result of access to legal abortions. Simply those who would have committed those crimes were not born. I realize that abortion should be considered a basic human right (freedom to exercise sovereignty over your being), but could this not be another way to fundamentally destroy the whole concept of anti-choice being considered pro-“life?”

  4. Danyell
    Danyell August 14, 2007 at 2:28 pm |

    The global gag rule is so depressing, I don’t even know what to say. But what can we do? I’m literally asking: what can we, as citizens do to help fix this problem?

  5. Activist Mommy
    Activist Mommy August 14, 2007 at 10:55 pm |

    About a third of women worldwide receive no pre-natal care, and 60 percent of births take place outside of hospitals.

    I have a quick question about this. Does it mean over all 60% of the women worldwide having births outside hospitals, or just in areas where the mortality rates are so high? I ask because ther are many countries where it is odd for a healthy woman to give birth in a hospital. Putting the American idea that birth can only occur under the eye of a doctor would skew the results some by not taking into account the areas where women choose not to have hospital births, a choice that is perfectly safe and in some cases safer than a hospital choice. Comparing women in areas where homebirth is choosen more often to those areas where it is not a choice or not a good choice skews the results some.

    Over-all the global gag rule makes me, well, gag. I wonder if anyone has asked any of the presidential hopefuls what their take on it is and if they would work to remove it.

  6. Sabrina
    Sabrina August 19, 2007 at 2:10 am |

    you would think numbers like this would horrify “pro-life” supporters. it seems the only lives worth saving are the ones that have yet to be born. the crazy thing is pro-lifers won’t even listen to numbers like this. they’ll just scream at you that abortion is murder. it seems to me that the women who are dying because of a lack of access to pre-natal care or to safe and legal abortions are the ones being murdered.

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