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The Morning After Pill Is Illegal In Honduras But The Campaign Hablemos Lo Que Es Is Hoping To Change That Law

Some ignorant people may wonder why so many women in Honduras would risk having children in a country with so much violence — only to risk their lives even more by seeking asylum in the U.S.

The answer is very cut and dry, women in Honduras are subjected to give birth because their country doesn’t provide them with the basic contraceptives that we take for granted in the U.S. Furthermore, many of the pregnancies in that county are the result of rape.

There is at least one organization trying to help these women.

A campaign called Hablemos Lo Que Es (Let’s talk about what it is) is trying to change the government’s perception of the morning after pill, which is banned in Honduras.

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The campaign is attempting to show that the morning after pill doesn’t cause abortion but rather prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
“Access to the PAE [the morning after pill] in the case of a mistake or the failure of another form of contraception should be a plan B — another option,” Alexa Pineda told Al Jazeera. “[Having access to the PAE] is about the right to decide what to do with your sex life, the right to decide about motherhood and the right to decide about your life. That’s why Honduran women should have free access to PAE: because it’s our right to decide what to do with our bodies.”

In 2017, “more than 30,000 pregnancies among girls and adolescents under the age of 20” were recorded in Honduras, making it one of “the highest rates of teen pregnancy in Latin America.”

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The publication reports that because many of the pregnant women do not have fully developed bodies, their childbirth poses a great risk to their lives and the lives of the babies. The report also states that 80 percent of the women who were treated by Doctors Without Borders, got pregnant after being raped.

One woman reports having gone to a pharmacy outside of her vicinity after she heard that someone there was selling the morning after pill.

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She told Al Jazeera that she went to great lengths to find this one pharmacy and pay $12 for the morning after pill and was only able to pay for it because her boyfriend helped her with the cost.

“I can’t even imagine how it would be for a woman who didn’t have all the privileges that I had in that moment,” the woman said to the publication. “She wouldn’t even have a choice. Her destiny would be to be a mother.”

A Mother Discovered Videos Of Her Missing 15-Year-Old Daughter On The Adult Site PornHub

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A Mother Discovered Videos Of Her Missing 15-Year-Old Daughter On The Adult Site PornHub

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A Florida man was arrested following a mother’s discovery of videos that show him and her 15-year-old daughter, who had been missing for a year, engaging in sexual acts, police say. 

According to NBC, 30-year-old Christopher Johnson was taken into police custody and charged with lewd and lascivious battery of a child under 16. Authorities also found the girl with him in the car where Johnson was apprehended. The girl was reported missing in December 2018 after leaving her home in Sunrise, Florida at around 3 AM. 

Police were unable to track down the girl until her mother contacted authorities with a tip after discovering sexually explicit images and videoes of the missing teen on Porhub, SnapChat and Periscope. 

The teen was spotted two months after she was missing, but the lead went nowhere.

The girl was seen at a convenience store with two men according to a tip police received in February. Surveillance video showed the teenager covering her face and after realizing the store clerk recognized her. The clerk told police that she and the two men left in a black Dodge Challenger. However, without the license plate they couldn’t find the vehicle. 

Only now did authorities discover that one of the two men at the store with her was Johnson. 

The girl’s mother sends in a second tip to the police.  

A Davie Police affidavit indicated the mother contacted authorities on September 3 regarding the discovery of images of her daughter. In the videos, the teen performs sexual acts with two adult males. Around 58 videos of the 15-year-old girl were shared online. 

During the investigation, police determined that Johnson was one of the males involved in the videos. 

Police track down Christopher Johnson.

After getting a license plate for the black Dodge Challenger when it was spotted at a different store in the area, police were able to trace it back to Johnson. Authorities began to keep Johnson’s apartment under close surveillance before making the arrest. 

“Surveillance was conducted on this address by several detectives,” the police department said. 

Police then apprehended Johnson when she and the girl were getting into the car. Johnson denied having sex with the girl. However, according to FOX 32,  Detective Adam Granit wrote in his police report, “the victim stated that she got pregnant from the defendant and he took her to the clinic to have an abortion.”

According to NBC, during a search of Johnson’s apartment detectives uncovered paperwork from an abortion clinic. The girl, whose identity is anonymous because she is a minor, told authorities that all of the sexual videos were filmed on her cellphone in Johnson’s apartment. She also told police that Johnson got her pregnant and took her to an abortion clinic to terminate the pregnancy. 

Johnson is being held on a $75,000 in Broward Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale. 

Many of the women in crowdsourced pornography websites are sex trafficked. 

According to Fight The New Drug, the United States is a major source of sex trafficking in the world. Anyone who watches pornography on a website with user-generated content has probably seen a victim of sex trafficking. 

“Sometimes, pornographic images and videos are fringe “products” from victims being sold for sex. Sometimes, recruiters specifically use force, fraud, or coercion to ensnare vulnerable or unsuspecting people into performing sex acts on camera.” 

According to Rescue:Freedom, in the nine countries surveyed, 49 percent of sexually exploited women say pornographic videos of them were made while they were being sold for sex.

Just this month the owners of the website GirlsDoPorn were charged with sex trafficking by the FBI after discovering the men tricked women into appearing in pornographic videos. The website made $17 million off of the scheme. Many of the victims’ videos were also discovered on PornHub. 

The owners used a bait and switch method of promising college students they would do modeling only form them to discover the modeling gig was pornography. 

“They agreed to participate anyway, federal authorities claim in court documents, because of a promise that the videos were being created exclusively for private collectors or DVDs sold abroad and would never be posted online,” according to the Washington Post.

“The women say they were horrified to find out their shoots were online; many were harassed or ostracized as a result. At least one was disowned by her family, according to the FBI.”

However, the FBI discovered that it was a lie. Moreover, the women were often coerced threatened with legal action if they didn’t perform sexual acts, were prevented from leaving the shoots, and sometimes forcibly sexual assaulted.  Thus, one mother’s discovery highlights a damning truth about pornographic websites. 

Studies Say Latina Moms Struggle With Pregnancies In Ways That Are Unique To Themselves In Early Stages

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Studies Say Latina Moms Struggle With Pregnancies In Ways That Are Unique To Themselves In Early Stages

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By Diana R. Diaz

Welcome to motherhood! Whether you had a difficult pregnancy and delivery or not, you’ve officially crossed over into undeniably the best and hardest years of your life. As a mother myself (of boy-girl twins), I can tell you with all certainty, that nothing, I mean nothing, no book, no blog, no video, can adequately prepare you to ‘do motherhood’ the right way. Simply stated, there is no right way. Our bodies are different, our tolerance levels are different. 

I had a beautiful pregnancy and delivery but struggled tremendously in the weeks and months that followed. Sleep deprivation was harsh and my postpartum depression was oh-so-real. Most of which was triggered by the cultural pressure I felt to breastfeed when my body simply couldn’t. Inevitably I felt like a failure. Truth is, I tried. I tried a lot.  But with every attempt, I felt my mental and physical state take a toll for the worse. It led me into a very dark and lonely place. I share all about it in this video.  In retrospect, I realize that it didn’t have to be this extreme. And while there’s definitely no book with all the magic answers, here are my 3 Survival Tips for New Latina Moms to help you better cope with the unexpected twists and turns of early motherhood. 

1. Don’t Compare Yourself 

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Chances are, you’re exhausted, overwhelmed and quite vulnerable. And since this is your first time having a baby, you have no real measure or point of reference on how early motherhood ‘should’ be. With all this said, it can be easy to fall victim to the comparison game. You might’ve heard that your prima breastfed like a champ; that your tia used a specific baby formula that she swore by; or that your friend willingly and excitedly took 5 years off work to thrive as a stay at home mom. With the constant influx of information, you have to pause and remind yourself that your experiences are unique. As a new mom, you must harness the little energy you have and channel in the areas in your life that really need it. This way, your wellness remains a consistent priority. So next time, instead of thinking of how ‘fulana’ did something a certain way; pause and redirect your thoughts to: 

“Have I taken a shower today?” 

“Have I taken a few whole deep breaths today?”

“Have I looked in the mirror and told myself, wow good job today?” 

2. Breastfeed or Not – YOU Decide 

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Listen, this isn’t easy. I personally wanted to breastfeed and dreamed of it being such a beautiful and painless experience. I went to all the classes and told myself, I will be like that woman smiling while simultaneously breastfeeding her newborn twins in the cover of a motherhood magazine. None of which actually happened because I soon learned I had hyper-sensitive nipples which made breastfeeding feel like death. Family and friends would kindly but firmly insist I keep trying. As a result, I fell into a feeling of deep sorrow. Ladies, don’t do this. YOU know your body better than anyone. If you are in unruly pain and you know in your gut that your attempts to breastfeed is deteriorating your mental and physical health, please listen to your body, even if it goes against what your mom, suegra or partner may think. Conversely, if you want to breastfeed and feel pressured to stop when you really don’t want to, listen to your gut. It’s important to note that all new moms struggle with breastfeeding. Some moms are total naturals. Other moms struggle a little in the beginning and soon get the hang of it. There are also a number of resources to help with breastfeeding and maternal wellness. My point isn’t to discourage breastfeeding, my point is to encourage self-awareness. 

3. Prioritize Self-Care

In the early months of motherhood, it’s easy to forget to think about yourself, or spending time away from your baby. For some, especially those part of the Latinx culture, this can feel like an absolute “sin”. Regardless, prioritizing self-care is vital to maintaining your mental and physical health. Self-care means different things to different people. Here are some easy ways you can prioritize self-care during early motherhood: 

  • Have a help plan. Yes, this means you should ask for help! Identify 2-3 friends and/or family members that can come and alternate once a week to help you with cleaning, cooking or babysitting while you do some self-care (not to be confused with friends and family that visit to meet the baby). 
  • If you can, hire help to clean and/or cook 
  • Take an extra-long hot shower with your favorite music on full blast 
  • Gym or yoga session once a week
  • Go for a long walk around the block with or without the baby
  • Go for a fast-food run and eat it in your car 
  • Sleep – preferably in a separate room or at a nearby friend’s house 
  • Say no to what doesn’t feel right in your gut 
  • Watch a feel-good movie 
  • Enjoy a pedicure or an actual body massage 
  • A quick drive to your favorite coffee place 

*shout out to my RAWW IG community for sharing their early motherhood self-care activities. 

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