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#YouKnowMe Is The Viral Hashtag Latinas Are Using To Tell Their Freeing Abortion Stories After Alabama Lawmakers Passed One Of The Most Extreme Abortion Bans In The Country

State leaders in Alabama voted to outlaw abortion in their state. The bill, which was approved by the majority last night, prohibits abortion in almost every case except if the mother’s life is in extreme danger. That means if a child or adult get raped by a stranger or family member, they must still carry the baby to full-term. The bill now has to be signed by the governor, and she is presumably going to do so. Thankfully the court system is on the sides of women because, under the 14th amendment, abortion is legal in the U.S. and will continue to be as long as advocates keep fighting for it. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said they would take all of the bills trying to ban abortion — and there are now several states.

To bring attention to the abortion issue, women on social media are sharing their stories under the hashtag #YouKnowMe.

The movement first began when actress and late-night host, Busy Phillips shared her abortion story on her show “Busy Tonight.” After the Alabama abortion ban was approved, she tweeted that others should share their story as well.

Filmmaker and co-founder of the Women’s March, Paola Mendoza share that her mother had an abortion.

“In light of the abortion ban in Alabama, it is imperative that we tell our stories about abortions,” Mendoza said on Instagram. “I have posted this story several times already. It may be new for some of you. For others, it is a story that you have read. Regardless it is a story that must continue to be told because our right to choose is being taken away from us. Share your abortion story. There is power is telling your truth.”

Other Latinas have shared that their decision to follow through with abortion came as a result of sexual assault.

Under the new Alabama law, if doctors performed an abortion on a woman that was raped, they would get 99 years in prison.

One revealed that she simply did not feel financially or emotionally ready at the time.

Who would benefit from a baby being born to someone who is not ready?

Another revealed that following through with a pregnancy would have risked her health and likely the fetus’s.

The new Alabama law would allow abortion only if the mother’s life was in danger.

This Latina admitted that she wasn’t a teen mother when she had her abortion. Pregnancy was simply not an option for her.

Abortions are attached with so much stigma and it’s a shame because in so many cases it can save lives.

Planned Parenthood has been the backbone to this cause since day one.

Planned Parenthood has also promised to fight these bans right along with the ACLU.

You don’t need to explain your reasons to no one.

If you weren’t ready to be a mom, enough said.

Young but in charge of her choices.

Taking the right away from a women to choose is simply wrong.

A former drug addict comes clean with her truth.

What a story!

Do you have an abortion story you’d like to share? Let us know in the comment section below.

Their Daughters Were Mercilessly Ripped From Them And Now These Women Are Seeking To Solve These Murder Mysteries

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Their Daughters Were Mercilessly Ripped From Them And Now These Women Are Seeking To Solve These Murder Mysteries

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In Venezuela, a group of women has taken it upon themselves to seek justice for thousands of people who have been murdered by government forces, as many suspect to be the case.

These women, many of whom have lost family members, are on a mission to uncover the truth about the killers and expose the truth behind hundreds of unsolved murders.

Nobody knows exactly who these killers are, but almost everybody shares the same suspicions.

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Translation: #Faes stopped shopkeeper in El Valle and left him dead at Pérez Carreño

Most activists suspect President Maduro has been using Special Action Force (FAES), a masked paramilitary force, as a way to silence protests across the country’s barrios. Sometimes the murderers wear balaclavas, sometimes masks, sometimes they show their faces. Whenever these forces arrive, the people flee.

In a recent interview with CNN, one woman describes the night these men came for her husband. According to her, the men grabbed her husband from a poor neighborhood in Caracas, while he was visiting her and their three children.

“It was horrible, they had no compassion for our little girl, nothing. They just took him as they struck him. They put him in the van and they hit him, and they hit him, and they hit him,” she goes onto say.

Yarleidys never saw her husband again.

These barbaric methods of capture and murder have left people feeling angry and afraid.

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Translation: Corrupt wretched assassins

Venezuela has been racked by violence and it’s estimated that more than 8,000 people have been killed in extrajudicial killings between 2015 and 2017.

One woman, Aracelis Sanchez, 51, lost her son when he was shot just outside their home in 2013. She believes the men who executed him were members of the same forces.

Yet so far, no one has been prosecuted for the killing.

However, there is strength in numbers.

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After her son’s murder, Sanchez went to a government office to report it. In the office, she met another woman whose son had also been killed. From that moment, a women-led movement was born.

Today, a group of more than 100 mothers and wives have joined her and started a group called Orfavideh, the Organization of Relatives of Victims of Human Rights Violation.

Although speaking out in a country where violence is rampant, especially violence against women, Sanchez leads the group in their activism. Not only are they working to solve countless unsolved murders but they also help each other through the grieving process. They also help each other in their lawsuits against the state. Unfortunately, they have yet to win any convictions but they are determined to keep trying.

Oftentimes, they speak out very publicly.

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They have helped bring greater attention to the issues and since their involvement, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) assigned a five-person team in Venezuela to investigate the killings.

This team also linked the FAES to more than 200 killings.

“I think that this is terrorism, that (the government) inflicts on the people of the barrios so that the people do not come out and protest,” says Carmen Elena Arroyo, an Orfavideh member, told CNN.

In an interview with CNN, she says her son Cristian wasn’t particularly political. “Everyone knew him, and everyone liked him.”

Cristian was a successful barber in Petare and was returning from celebrating his 25th birthday when he ran into FAES members. What happened next is unclear. But he ended up dead.

“Soon the barrios won’t have any young men left,” she says.

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