“You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health and reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortions. This is an issue of great concern to me and to my government. If you are concerned about abortion then women should have access to family planning. It is perfectly legitimate for people to hold their own personal views based on conscience, religion or any other basis. But I’ve always believed that the government should not intervene in decisions of such intimacy.”—
“There’s a place for c-sections — countless lives have been saved by the procedure, women who, like myself, might have once faced dire consequences from laboring on and on with no end in sight, or from placenta previa, where the placenta blocks the opening of the cervix, or from breech births where a baby’s head, born last, may become stuck in the birth canal, or for any of a number of other emergency reasons to birth surgically. Such procedures recognize and honor all parties at stake — the mother, the baby, and the doctor, working together as a unit all working to ensure the health of the mother and child is secure. But mandatory cesareans for low-risk women — a group that has seen an 89 percent rise in the procedure since 2003 — privilege the legal concerns of hospitals over mothers, and treat women not as patients — with rights like any other — but merely as vessels for a fetus, a fleshy roadblock to a quick and easily scheduled conclusion of a pregnancy. As a result of VBAC bans, women who are determined to avoid a second surgery find themselves on murky legal ground. Much was made at the end of the NIH conference about the “right of refusal” — that is the right to refuse a cesarean even if a physician insists one is necessary. Effectively banning the procedure in swaths of the country has created militancy, fear, anger, and distrust on both sides.”—C-Section or Vaginal Birth? Women Too Often Denied the Choice (via apsies)
“What did liberals do that was so offensive to the Republican Party? I’ll tell you what they did. Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What did Conservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things, every one. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.”—
“Life is a storm. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout “Do your worst, for I will do mine!” Then the fates will know you as we know you.”—The Count of Monte Cristo (via elicec) (via quote-book)
“Women and girls are one of the world’s greatest untapped resources. Remember the proverb, ‘Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime?’ Well, if you teach a woman to fish, she’ll feed the whole village.”—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (via caraobrien| apsies | kaytee | alla1 | edatrix) (via quote-book)
“Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted… unbidden… it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us… passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we’d know some kind of peace… but we would be hollow… Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we’d be truly dead.”—Joss Whedon (via kari-shma)
"The 17 finishers is a record for the ultramarathon, which is in its fourth year. Jamie Donaldson, 34, a well-known ultramarathoner from Littleton, Colo., won the race and smashed the course record. She finished the 118-mile run in 18:35:15, which works out to an average pace of 9:28 per mile."