There had been concerns that white supremacists and anti-fascist activists would face off in Richmond but one of those activists, Molly Conger, tweeted Sunday that "there is no counter-demonstration planned for the january 20 convergence of armed militias on virginia's capitol. please, please encourage anyone you know who is thinking about counter protesting this event to stay away from downtown richmond on monday." (sic) … [Read more...] about Security measures heightened as thousands head to Richmond for large gun rights rally
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More than half reported last year that women in rural areas are 64 percent more likely to die in childbirth than in urban areas. “God damnit! Rural areas should only have higher concentrations of Waffle Houses!” the late-night Samantha Bee joked in a skit on the maternal health care crisis in January. “Maternity-care deserts” also rely heavily on Medicaid, a program Republicans have long been promising to gut. … [Read more...] about Why Midwives Are Fast Becoming More Popular Than OBGYNs
“For women who want to have a hands-off, low-tech birth, many of us just don’t want to negotiate that in the midst of labor,” she says. Many home-birth advocates are concerned about what they call the “cascade of interventions,” in which one procedure leads inexorably to another, often culminating in a C-section. A third of all births in this country are via C-section, a rate far higher than that in most other developing nations. (According to the World Health Organization, C-section rates shouldn’t go above 15 percent.) Experts debate why so many laboring women end up in the operating room. Some cite elevated rates of obesity and rising maternal age, which both increase the C-section risk. But it seems clear that at least some of the increase is due to doctors who fear lawsuits, or who simply lack the time or patience to attend to a vaginal birth that’s gone on too long. … [Read more...] about Home Birth: Increasingly Popular, But Dangerous
Landing in Direct Provision can sound a bit like landing in a school dorm. Delroy Mpofu, the trans man from Zimbabwe, told me that the hardest part of living in the reception center was walking into the food hall and feeling like everyone was looking at him. Leo Snygans, a South African man who is staying in an old hotel in Galway, said that his two roommates bullied him because he asked them not to smoke in the room. Smoking is forbidden, he said, and, if a management representative walks in when the room is full of smoke, “everyone gets punished.” Women’s stories were kinder. One woman described a thoughtful negotiation among three roommates, one of whom needed darkness to sleep, while another was terrified of the dark; they compromised by deciding to keep the bathroom light on and the door ajar. But how do three grown women, often from vastly different cultures, live together indefinitely in a small hotel room? What if one of them has very strict standards of … [Read more...] about Ireland’s Strange, Cruel System for Asylum Seekers
After a high-school friend gave her a novel by the black feminist writer Octavia E. Butler, Abrams developed a passion for science fiction. She’s a Trekkie who will authoritatively rank series — “The Next Generation and Voyager are about even; I think Voyager is mildly superior, although Picard is the quintessential captain. Then I would do Discovery, Deep Space Nine, and Enterprise. I don’t understand why Enterprise was a show.” These days, she’s into Doctor Who, having grown up on the Tom Baker version. “Right before this campaign started, I was sick and ended up watching the Doctor,” she says. “Then, over New Year’s, there was a marathon. Now I’m watching all the new ones. I’ve seen seasons three, four, five, six, and I’m in the second half of seven.” Abrams watched three episodes of Doctor Who to chill out the afternoon before she gave her State of the Union response. … [Read more...] about Stacey Abrams for ….