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Hot Tip: If You Ever Want To Bag An Alabama Lawmaker’s Attention Get Pregnant

Alabama’s new law mandating an almost blanket ban on abortion, the strictest in the United States, was passed by a group of exclusively white, male politicians. The Alabama law will disproportionately affect poor women and women of color because they are less likely to have resources to obtain an abortion out-of-state nor the in-state resources available to white, upper-class women.

The brazen attack on women’s rights, the constitutional right to privacy, is a full-frontal assault and everyone from Rihanna to John Legend and everyone in between has some strong feelings.

Rihanna opted for a Twitter takedown by coming for each of the 25 white men who took away a woman’s right to her body:

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She published their pictures to show the true face of privilege: 25 old white men.

Roe V. Wade was a landmark decision in American history and it preserved the fundamental right to an abortion.

That decision stemmed from the right to privacy so there are obviously a ton of people out there who need to be reminded, a woman’s choice is none of anyone’s damn business.

Ava DuVernay is here reminding all of us, it’s abortion and women today, tomorrow it could be you and your rights.

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“First they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I’m not Jewish.” But who will be left to speak out for you if you don’t speak up first?

Male allies like John Legend are using their voices to call out this shocking attack on women.

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Thank you, John, for speaking up and shining a light on this madness!

For real though, it’s 2019, how is this still something we are having to fight for?

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We can’t lose sight of our shared progressive goals, because once we do we’ll find ourselves fighting to catch up.

I mean, is this our future?

It wouldn’t be the first time that fiction becomes reality. And it could happen a lot quicker than we expect.

Alabama’s anti-abortion law truly shows wear America’s priorities are at right now.

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Even though nearly 40,000 people died from gun violence just last year. WTF?

And of all the states to pass this “pro-life” bill…are you kidding us?

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This isn’t just an attack on women, it’s a full-frontal assault on women of color in particular.

When pigs fly right?

If all life is valued in Alabama then they should definitely start considering a few other laws…

The hypocrisy makes me physically sick.

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The government spends more than $40 million a year to help men get boners yet not a penny to help at-risk women with their reproductive health needs if it requires an abortion.

The recent passing of Alabama’s law has inspired countless brave women to share their own abortion stories.

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And the Internet is totally here for it. “We see you, we support you, and we’re going to keep fighting like hell for you.” 100%.

Stay out of our bodies!

Maybe these old white Christian men just get turned on by denying women their rights?

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Nothing is hotter than taking away someone’s constitutionally protected rights, am I right?

So to the 25 white men who voted against women’s rights, here’s a tip:

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Even though most of you are probably too old, please, for the love of Díos, go get a vasectomy!

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Mexican Politician Accused Of Rape Vows To Block Elections Unless He’s Allowed To Run

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Mexican Politician Accused Of Rape Vows To Block Elections Unless He’s Allowed To Run

It’s an election year in Mexico and that means that things are heating up as candidates fight for the top spot. At the same time, Mexico is experiencing a burgeoning fight for women’s rights that demands accountability and justice. Despite all the marches and protests and civil disobedience by hundreds of thousands of Mexicans, it remains to be seen how much change will happen and when. 

Case in point: Félix Salgado, a candidate for governor of Guerrero who has been accused of rape and sexual assault but maintains the support of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). Now, after being disqualified from the race because of undisclosed campaign finances, the candidate is vowing to block any elections from taking place unless he is allowed to continue his campaign. 

A disqualified candidate is vowing to block elections unless he’s allowed to run.

Félix Salgado was running to be governor of the Mexican state of Guerrero when he was faced with allegations of rape and sexual assault. The commission that selects party candidates allowed him to remain in the race and he continues to maintain the support of President AMLO – who is of the same political party, Morena. 

However, in late March, election regulators ordered that Salgado be taken off the ballot due to a failure to report campaign spending, according to the AP. Mexico’s electoral court ordered the Federal Electoral Institute (FEI) to reconsider their decision last week. Salgado is already threatening to throw the election process into chaos.

“If we are on the ballot, there will be elections,” Salgado told supporters in Guerrero after leading a caravan of protestors to the FEI’s office in Mexico City on Sunday. “If we are not on the ballot, there will not be any elections,” Salgado said.

The AP notes that Salgado is not making an empty threat. Guerrero is an embattled state overrun with violence and drug gangs and many elections have been previously disrupted. Past governors have been forced out of office before finishing their terms. Salgado was previously filmed getting into a confrontation with police in 2000.

It was just weeks ago that the ruling party allowed Salgado’s candidacy to move forward.

In mid-March, Morena confirmed that Félix Salgado would be its candidate for governor in Guerrero after completing a new selection process in which the former senator was reportedly pitted against four women.

Morena polled citizens in Guerrero last weekend to determine levels of support for five different possible candidates, according to media reports. Among the four women who were included in the process were Acapulco Mayor Adela Román and Senator Nestora Salgado.

Félix Salgado was the clear winner of the survey, even coming out on top when those polled were asked to opine on the potential candidates’ respect for the rights of women. He also prevailed in all other categories including honesty and knowledge of the municipality in which the poll respondents lived.

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She Moved Up The Ranks From Janitor To Nurse Practitioner, Now She’s Viral

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She Moved Up The Ranks From Janitor To Nurse Practitioner, Now She’s Viral

Talk about a dream fulfilled.

For ten years, Jaines Andrades harbored her desire to move up from her custodial position at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts to nurse. Now, ten years later, as an RN she’s excelled well past her drams.

Andrades worked her way through nursing school while working at Baystate Medical in Springfield, Massachusetts, as a janitor.

Ten years ago, Andrades accepted a position as a custodial staff member at Baystate Medical Center with big dreams of being a nurse. Born to Puerto Rican parents Andrades moved from her family home in Springfield, MA in 2005 when she was 14 years old. From there she and enrolled as a student at Putnam Technical-Vocational Academy with hopes of moving up the ranks as a nurse.

“As I got older and approached graduation I just didn’t see how a little girl like me could ever become a lawyer. I didn’t see it as something that was possible for me, so I got discouraged from the idea,” Andrades explained according to Masslive.com.

That all changed after she struck up a conversation with a nurse during a doctor’s visit for her mother. According to Andrades, the nurse tipped her off on the benefits of nursing. “He told me about the program to become a nurse, and, the more he talked, I just thought, ‘Yeah, I can do this.’ It’s a respectable profession, and I could provide for myself financially, so the idea grew from there.”

Soon after she enrolled at Holyoke Community College, ticked off all of her pre-requisites and a handful of introductory nursing classes. Then, in 2010, she transferred to Elms College.

The same year she transferred, Andrades applied for a job in Baystate’s Environmental Services Department and became a custodian at the hospital.

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“It’s tough to be the person that cleans. If I had to go back and do it again, I would. It’s so worth it,” Andrades explained in an interview with WBZ-TV.

In a Facebook post, Andrades wrote about her journey from hospital custodian to nurse practitioner and posted a picture of all three of her IDs.

Andrades’ story went viral after she shared her experience to Facebook.

Speaking about her journey from custodian to nurse practitioner, Andrades shared a picture of all three of her IDs.

“Even if it was cleaning, as long as I was near patient care I’d be able to observe things. I thought it was a good idea,” the RN explained in her interview before sharing that her favorite part of being a nurse has been her ability to provide patients with comfort. “I just really love the intimacy with people.”

“Nurses and providers, we get the credit more often but people in environmental and phlebotomy and dietary all of them have such a huge role. I couldn’t do my job without them,” she went onto explain. “I’m so appreciative and like in awe that my story can inspire people,” Andrades told WBZ-TV. “I’m so glad. If I can inspire anyone, that in itself made the journey worth it.”

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