Medical Marijuana Mommy

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Not Like This.

I have been diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome, along with a host of mental health conditions. I use marijuana to treat my symptoms and reduce the frequency and severity of autoimmune flare-ups. I’m also a mother to a ten-year-old and his primary caretaker. Today I want to discuss marijuana as compared to alternate treatment options, educating kids about their parents marijuana use, and how sexism plays a part in stigma against parents using marijuana.  Continue reading

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Pictures Worth 1000 Words

When American news media reports on abortion, the images they choose to go with the stories make a difference. While the majority of abortions (89%) in the United States happen before 12 weeks, many of the pictures chosen for abortion articles display illustrated fetuses far beyond 12 weeks, or disembodied pregnant bellies in their third trimester. The reality of abortion is obscured with these pictures, and these pictures bias readers in favor of anti-abortion positions.

Take the latest cover of Newsweek for an example. A stylized computer rendering of a late term fetus graces the cover. Most abortions look nothing like this cover. My own abortion at 5 weeks looked indistinguishable from a heavy period.

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Guest Post: TRAP Laws & Admitting Privileges

Today’s guest post was written by Beth Presswood. It first appeared on her blog Atheist Beth and has been reprinted with her permission. 
One of the most common and devastating TRAP (targeted regulation of abortion providers) laws is the imposition of admitting privileges upon abortion providers. Simply put, admitting privileges are the ability for a doctor to treat patients in the hospital.
Now, this sounds like a common sense regulation, right? Why wouldn’t a doctor be able to work in a hospital? It makes you suspicious, right? That’s what anti-choicers are counting on.

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Oh SNAP!

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program under the Department of Agriculture that helps low-income households buy groceries, commonly known as food stamps. SNAP is managed at the state level, with different states having slightly different requirements for participation.

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Generally speaking, SNAP is a program designed for children and elderly people. The majority of households receiving benefits had children (75%) or elderly people (16%). People who are between 18 and 50 years of age who do not have a verified disability and are not caretakers for children or disabled adults fall into the category called Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs). ABAWDs are limited to three months of food assistance unless they are working or participating in approved training programs at least 80 hours a month.  Continue reading

Guest Post: “But AAC Increases Speech!”

Today’s guest post was written by Alyssa Hillary, an autistic activist and masters student who writes about autism related subjects. This post first appeared on Alyssa’s blog Yes, That Too and has been reprinted with permission. General information on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can be found on the American Speech-Language Hearing Association website.

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So this is one of the big arguments I see in favor of giving people who don’t talk, or who only talk a little, access to augmentative and alternative communication (or, as sometimes I think of it, maybe-actually-working communication. Because most of the time, if parents and teachers are considering AAC, that means that the communication that the person has is not working. Maybe it’s a matter of not knowing all the words, maybe it’s a matter of other people ignoring the behavior side, there’s always multiple sides in a communication breakdown but that doesn’t change the not-workingness.) Continue reading