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Each week, I’ll be posting a list of the most news-worthy and/or inspirational, informative, well-written, thought-provoking, and/or unique posts of the week. While every post and every contributor is valuable to our community, these are the blogs that I feel are must-reads.

February 13- February 19

Stats for this week: 40 posts by 28 writers

Middle ground or backing down?- by ashthom

Inside this post:

Many of us who are activists for sexual and reproductive health and rights will be familiar with the issues that Ashley addresses here:

It is not that I am ashamed of the work I do, but I know there are many ill- informed perceptions about those two topics in society. I want to avoid unnecessary controversy among my friends and families. I want to avoid awkward fights, and confrontation.

But that is exactly the problem.

Read her feelings on this, and then share your thoughts on how to best navigate the drama without losing your voice.

Reflection on Spirituality and Reproductive Justice- by ashthom

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Ashley writes about how attending the Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom Summit allowed her to expand the way she views the intersectionality of faith and choice.

There are many paths that lead individuals to advocacy. From my personal experiences, I never thought religion would be a path to advocacy around access to abortion. Today that belief changed.

Justin Bieber: “I really don’t believe in abortion” (including in cases of rape)- by AFY_Nikki

Inside this post:

At the end of the day, it’s one thing to disrespect someone’s aesthetic sense.[...] It’s another thing, though, to promote an opinion that disrespects the rights, agency, dignity, and freedom of choice of your fellow human person — and promote this opinion from one of the largest celebrity platforms of all time. If you’re going to dislike Justin Bieber, dislike him for exactly this: his pathetic sense of morality.

“Justifiable Homicide”: South Dakota Bill Would Legalize Murder of Abortion Providers- by AFY_Nikki

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To me, this is what it indicates: If you’re providing abortion care — whether as a physician, nurse, or clinic volunteer — you should know that there are representatives in the South Dakota State Legislature who think it’s o.k. for someone to kill you.

What I want to know is, how can they still call themselves “pro-life”?

Stand Up- by asestanovich

Inside this post:

A student at George Washington University shares their experience passing out condoms near a reproductive health clinic and being confronted by anti-choice protesters.

We must ALL stand with Planned Parenthood- by AFY_Sarah

Inside this post:

They made this a vote about abortion at the expense of denying preventative medical care to women, youth and low income people all across the country. What they have yet to come up with is an alternative for women to access all the services that Planned Parenthood provides should they start closing clinic doors. Keep in mind this is the same party that just voted to repeal the healthcare bill. Which is why we must all ask: Exactly where are people supposed to go?

No Laughing Matter: Youth and GOP Attacks on Abortion- by Amplify_Staff

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Sarah Audelo, Angela Baxter, and Carmen Barkley discuss how youth are, once again, being left out of the current debate on access to abortion and other reproductive health services.

We constantly hear the laments about the need for young people to engage with the political process — well, here we are. You can’t lecture us about responsibility and then take away our fundamental rights to make responsible decisions about our own bodies and lives.

Thank you to everyone who posted a blog this week! You are part of what makes this community great!

~ Samantha
Community Editor