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Every 10 Minutes, A Woman Dies Because She Can't Get An Abortion. It Sent This Woman To Sea.

Sometimes a far-fetched idea you have turns into real life. And then into a movie.

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Abortion is restricted throughout much of the world. That's a fact (and here's a map).

You can cheer or boo at that — up to you. But here's another fact: 47,000 women die every yearbecause those restrictions keep them from accessing the abortion care they need. That's pretty awful.


Do restrictions on abortions mean that suddenly no one gets abortions anymore?

Absolutely not. Abortions *definitely* still happen regardless of what the laws say, and they always will. Restrictions and bans really just mean that abortions become way less safe because they take place under less-than-ideal circumstances and often not in a licensed, medical setting. It's a situation that can get real dangerous real fast.

It gave this woman a wild idea.

Rebecca Gomperts is a doctor who was upset at the amount of anti-abortion laws around the world and what they meant for all the women who desperately needed access to care.

So she outsmarted the law.

You only need to go 12 miles offshore for international waters to begin. That's not very far. And if you're on a boat in those waters, the laws of the country where the boat originated are the laws you must follow.



IT'S LEGAL.

Not illegal. Not restricted. Legal.

So if you're on a Dutch ship, you can legally take the abortion pill.

Whoa. Mind blown.

Might I add: It's the abortion pill that's on the World Health Organization's list of essential medicines. It's legit. Thank you.

Rebecca and her team are making it happen through an organization called Women on Waves. In the last decade, the org has garnered a lot of attention — both good and bad — as they work to help women in need and advocate for more liberalized laws in the surrounding areas that have extreme anti-abortion laws in place. They currently have ship campaigns working in Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Morocco.

It's brave and fascinating. I mean, there's a reason why it was just turned into an award-winning documentary! The trailer here says it all:

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Some people say that while change is inevitable, progress is a choice. In other words, it’s a purposeful act—like when American media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner established the United Nations Foundation 25 years ago.

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Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train" actually saved 21 missing children.

Anyone who was a teen in the '90s will remember the grunge era. Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden were topping the charts with their gravely metaphorical lyrics, but they weren't alone. Soul Asylum burst onto the scene with their solemn anthem "Runaway Train" complete with a video that showcased missing kids.

The video gave missing and exploited children a much bigger platform to be recognized on, because before the video was showcased on MTV, milk cartons were the common method to distribute these photos. In theory, milk cartons seem like a pretty effective way to highlight missing children, but in reality, eventually people would become blind to the photos.

The music video for "Runaway Train" was played all around the world and to the target audience that would most likely recognize the faces. It should come as no surprise, then, that the video helped to bring home 21 missing children. What is surprising, is that the band had to push to keep the pictures of the missing kids in the music video because people didn't think it was working.

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Florida city commissioner is being called a hero for confronting mayor who cut off power to residents

"You're calling me disrespectful because I've interrupted people, but this gentleman has turned off people's lights in the middle of a global health pandemic."

City commission meeting in Lake Worth Beach, Florida

This article originally appeared on 03.23.20


Palm Beach Post/YouTubeThey say a crisis brings out the best and the worst in people. It also reveals the best and the worst in our leaders.

A city commission meeting in Lake Worth Beach, Florida has gone viral after Commissioner Omari Hardy took his fellow city officials to task for their seeming indifference to their constituents during the coronavirus crisis.

Hardy confronted Mayor Pam Triolo and City Manager Michael Bornstein, who he said refused to call an emergency meeting last week, per Hardy's repeated requests, to discuss issues coming about from the coronavirus crisis. And he let his frustrations show.

"You're calling me disrespectful because I've interrupted people, but this gentleman has turned off people's lights in the middle of a global health pandemic," Hardy said, referring to Bornstein.

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Classes available to learn the life saving technique of CPR.

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Summer is here. The season of backyard barbecues, long evenings by the bonfire, and a nagging worry that every parent can relate to — the dangers that come with a swimming pool.

The chances a child will die from drowning are relatively low, according to the CDC. But still — it's great to be prepared to step in and help with CPR, should it ever be necessary.


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A newly single mom gets inspiring life advice from an internet 'Bubbie' who's been there

'Take care of yourself first. When you take care of yourself, you can take care of your kid.'

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A newly single mom gets inspiring life advice from an internet grandma.

Becoming a single mom isn't easy, especially if it's unexpected and you feel wholly unprepared. Recently, a newly single mom posted a tearful plea on TikTok asking for advice on how to navigate her new life. But she wasn't without advice long, "TikTok Bubbie" stitched the video and responded explaining how she survived as an unexpectedly single mom in 1989.

The video was sweet and full of inspiration for single parents starting their journey. In the beginning of the video she explained that her ex-husband left her when her son was 4 years old and took all the money out of the bank account. Being suddenly single caused her to have to give up her acting career.

The internet Bubbie went on to tell the young mom, "I got furniture from the Salvation Army. That's right, I got secondhand furniture. Secondhand clothes for me, my son never. He always was first in my book and still is to this day." TikTok Bubbie wasn't done, she made a second video to expand on her advice.

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