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CONTENTS ‌ 03 Editors Letter



Michael Garfield

Title 9 Information on Tital 9 and women the involved


Same Sex Classrooms How same sex classrooms have a negative influence on children in education.


Women Wage Gap Explanation of measuing the wage gap and why it is complicated to understand.


Abortion by State Different abortion statistics by state and the feeling of women who have went through it.

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How society is changing to accept homosexuality.


Coming Out Story

A story of coming out in a Christian family in the state of Minnesota

Letter from our Editor •

Michael Garfield

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Abortion By State… •

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Abortion has always been an extremely contingent issue. It is something I myself could argue for days. Before researching abortion more, I considered myself extremely prolife, no exceptions. Now, I still wouldn’t consider myself prochoice but, I think in extreme cases like when the mother’s life and the baby’s life is at stake, it should be an option. I also don’t think that women should choose an even more dangerous path by attempting to do it themselves or by taking matters into their own hands. After researching I now think having one or two clinics per state is not a bad thing, but I don’t think it should be something to do because you don’t want or can’t have a baby. I still believe that there are many other options other than abortion. Considering I live in Wisconsin, that is the only place I ever really thought about abortion in. It is the only place I know laws about it and the only place I could most likely tell you were clinics are available, so I decided to do a little further research on the topic. I wanted to know the difference of abortion statistics by states in the United States and how women in those different states feel about the laws and regulations on abortion. This is something I had never thought of before because it has never been an issue for me. It is important because women who are seeking an abortion and aren't legally able to could go to great lengths to get one, like back alley abortions or even worse, attempting doing it themselves. So when researching I wanted to start at the beginning, finding out what the federal law is on abortion. The Roe vs Wade case in 1970 is still in effect today and according to, “The Court ruled that the states were forbidden from outlawing or regulating any aspect of abortion performed during the first trimester of pregnancy, could only enact abortion regulations reasonably related to maternal health in the second and third trimesters, and could enact abortion laws protecting the life of the fetus only in the third trimester. Even then, an exception had to be made to protect the life of the mother.” I also wanted to know more about each individual state and how it compared to the United States as a whole. I found many interesting information like, even though Texas is one of the largest states in America, the abortion percentage is lower than the United States as a whole and New York as one of the highest percentages of abortion in all of America. Once I knew information of each site I wanted to know why this was. My initial thought was the availability of clinics. I thought maybe in Texas, they had less clinics available to the citizens than in New York. I found this map (fg.1) to help confirm my thought. As you can see in the image, in Texas there aren’t as many abortion clinics as there are in the state of New 9|Page

York, I think this is the cause for the number of abortion clinics available. Knowing the statistics of abortion rates and the availability really helped me in learning more about the differences by state. Now it was time to learn more about how the women feel about the laws and regulations available to them. Many of the women that I read about had a problem with the availability of abortion clinics and the people trying to force them to stop, one women that I found really stuck out to me and ultimately changed my opinion slightly. Although I think women should carry out their pregnancies and let a future child have an opportunity at life (with the birth parent or not), I do not think that women should have their lives threatened if they don’t decide the choice I think is right. This is Mira’s story from NY Magazine…

“The day I got accepted to college, I had a positive pregnancy test. I went to a community health center and said I wanted to talk to a nurse about my options. They told me to leave. The closest three clinics were all 300 miles away. I borrowed my mother’s car. My boyfriend, now my husband, came with me. I honestly don’t remember how we came up with the $700. We left at 5 p.m., after work, and drove to Colorado. It was the dead of winter, cold. Weather can be touchy through the Rockies. We stayed in a hotel in Cheyenne, another $60, but we couldn’t sleep. I felt very on edge. I wished someone I knew besides my boyfriend was nearby. When we got to the clinic, an escort met us at the car and asked if we wanted a bulletproof vest. Inside the clinic, the doctor took my hand and apologized that I had to travel so far. Ten minutes later, it was done.” The difference of abortion statistics by states in the United States and how women in those different states feel about the laws and regulations on abortion isn't really a topic that you are going to find a right or wrong answer to. Abortion in different states has made me realize that in different places life can be a lot more challenging because of the laws and regulations. It even swayed my firm opinion on abortion. With some research and curiosity, you can come up with your own opinion on the subject and possibly change how people feel, or even change a law or regulation yourself. (FG. 1) In this picture the dark blue circles indicate where abortion clinics are located. The light pink/purple patches are where a large number of women reside (the bigger the patches the higher the population of women) ticles/2013/01/22/interactivemap-america-s-abortionclinics.html

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