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Petition to The Government, Ohio, Alabama, Georgia, Georgia State House, Georgia State Senate, Ohio State Senate, Ohio State House, Ohio Governor, Alabama Governor, Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, United States Supreme Court

Abortion needs to become a right for all women across America.

A major controversy in politics right now is if abortion should be legal or not. Even President Trump is threatening to cut all government funding to the largest abortion provider in America, Planned Parenthood. Some people consider abortion to be the same as murder. The definition of abortion is, “the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.” There is no mention of murder in that definition. Many of these “pro-life” supporters know very well that people would still find ways to terminate pregnancies, even if they were illegal. Thousands of mothers die every year from having an unprofessional abortion or complications with the pregnancy, and this number will skyrocket if abortion is outlawed. If these women die, then being “pro-life” is a bit contradictory. Children take up a lot of time, and a lot of people just do not have that to spare. Most people try to focus on completing school before assuming the responsibility of another human being. Others have very busy work schedules that have no room in them for a child. Some people have a child already, and can not take care of another. The Guttmacher Institute says, “Some reasons for abortion were, ‘...the belief that having a baby would interfere with work, school, or the ability to care for other dependents.’” Some people believe that having an abortion is the same thing as murder. Abortion is not murder. “‘Embryos and fetuses are not independent, self-determining beings, and abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, not a baby…’ The majority opinion in Roe v. Wade states that the word ‘person’ as used in the Fourteenth Amendment [of the U.S. Constitution], does not include the unborn.,” according to the writers at Even the Constitution says that fetuses and embryos are not people. You terminate the pregnancy before it develops into a person. Think about it. You measure your life from the day you were born, not the day that you were conceived on. Having an abortion can prevent parents from having to go through the pain of carrying a pregnancy to full term, and then having it die shortly after. It prevents parents from having to see their child suffer while slowly dying. Joy Freeman did an article with The Guardian about how she had to make this tough choice. She had to choose if she wanted to carry her pregnancy to full term and watch it suffer, or abort it. She said, “Our baby was diagnosed with spina bifida at a routine scan about halfway through the pregnancy. The prognosis was not good: major, life saving surgery at birth, no walking, probably no talking. The likelihood that he would survive childhood was murky.” If she had not aborted this child, she would have had to watch him suffer his way through his shortened life, and most likely watch him die a slow, painful death. That is an emotional burden that parents should not have to suffer through. Fetuses and Embryos can not feel any pain during the abortion. Some Pro-Lifers (someone who thinks all abortion is wrong) believe that the fetus can feel pain while being aborted. The science proves this group of individuals to be incorrect. Mary Wisiniewski from states, “The position of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is that there is ‘no legitimate scientific information that supports the statement that a fetus experiences pain.’” The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is made up of people who study these kinds of things all day, and they found no evidence of a fetus enduring any pain in the course of an abortion. "’The science shows that based on gestational age, the fetus is not capable of feeling pain until the third trimester,’ said Kate Connors, a spokesperson for ACOG. The third trimester begins at about 27 weeks of pregnancy,’” according to Sara G. Miller. At this point in the pregnancy, the parents would have made a decision whether to keep the child anyway. “Women who are denied abortions are more likely to become unemployed, be on public welfare, to be below the poverty line...,”according to the writers of Some parents just can’t afford to have a baby. “...the average middle-income family will spend roughly $12,000 on child-related expenses in their baby’s first year of life. By age two, parents are up to more than $12,500 per year,” says Diane Harris from That is just about half of an average American salary. Between bills and other everyday expenses, these people can not afford the cost of a child. Because parents cannot afford providing for children, the child’s quality of life goes down. The Guttmacher Institute did a study, and these were the results: “Some 75% of abortion patients in 2014 were poor or low- income.Twenty-six percent of patients had incomes of less than 100-199% of the federal poverty level, and 49% had incomes of less than 100% of the federal poverty level ($15,730 for a family of two).” Bringing a child into the world that is a burden is not what any parent really wants. They want to be able to properly care for the child before they make the huge commitment of parenthood. Abortion is the only way to let that happen. No child should come into the world unwanted. Some people are not responsible, and get pregnant when they don’t want children. Those kinds of things happen. When a child grows up being unwanted by parents, they are far more likely to face mental health and self-esteem issues as adults. They are also more likely to become criminals as a way to gain attention. Children need parents who love them, not parents who wish they were never born. When a parent does not love their child, the child may not learn basic life skills like good manners and how to share with others. They would have to rely on different people to teach them these things, or grow up without these fundamental skill of functioning in society. Around 14,000 women get abortions following incest or rape, and it is estimated that 43% of women worldwide will have an abortion by the time they are in their mid forties. It is also estimated that there are 43 million abortions a year. That is around the population of the Ukraine. Imagine a world in which  those abortions had not happened. With the current population issue in the world, there are over seven billion people on the planet, and we have limited resources which are disappearing quickly. So in a strange way abortion is beneficial to the planet. Pro-life supporters do not see the situations, reasons, and benefits that abortions have on the world. They are ignoring the reason why many women choose to make the decision they do. It is clear that abortion should remain legal. Even if it seems like the wrong thing to do, it can often be the best situation for the people that have to make that tough decision. Pro-choice defends and protects the people. We live in a country based on freedom, so everybody should have the free right to choose what will happen to their bodies.

Pro- Choice
11 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Governor Christopher T. Sununu, Councilor Theodore L. Gatsas, Councilor Debora B. Pignatelli, Michael Cryans, Andru Volinski, RE Prescott


Pamela Smart's trial and conviction are one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American Jurisprudence.   The actual killers, teenagers, who had criminal records and well known to the police, admitted their guilt.  All received reduced sentences by blaming everything on Pamela Smart who wasn't even there.  She was 50 miles away at the time of the cold-blooded beating and murder of her husband, Gregg Smart. The trial was presided over by a judge who hoped that Clint Eastwood would play him in the movie.  Wanting to hold onto this highly publicized case which was the highlight of his career, the judge permitted live cameras in the courtroom to televise the proceedings gavel-to-gavel.   He denied Pamela her most basic rights--refusing to change the venue to a less hostile community, delay the trial until passions cooled, restrain the media who were out of control, or sequester the jury.  He permitted the murderers to be housed together, giving them ample time and opportunity to coordinate their stories and even watch each other testify in live time on televisions in the jail.    It was not the blind eye of justice that governed Pamela Smart's trial.  Rather, it was the blind eye of INJUSTICE that prevailed--overlooking the many flaws, inconsistencies and irregularities that went on routinely, day after day. For 28 years, Pamela Smart has staunchly and consistently denied any role, directly or indirectly, in Gregg's murder.  She was convicted by the perjured testimony of self-confessed killers who are now walking around free while she serves a draconian sentence of Life Without the Possibility of Parole.  This is the sentence that should have been theirs, not hers.  Pamela's release date is 99/99/9999.   While in prison she has suffered greatly--sexually assaulted by a guard and brutally beaten by fellow inmates.  Yet she continues to contribute daily in work that enhances the quality of life and education for women who are incarcerated with her at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York.   We, the supporters of Pamela Smart, implore you to look at the evidence and join us in helping to secure her freedom.  Regardless of what you feel about her guilt or innocence, Pamela Smart has served more than half her life in prison.  It is time for her sentence to be commuted to time served and allow her to go home to her family. For accurate information please go to Please sign and share this petition.  

MaryEllen Digiacomo
5,409 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Chris Lytle Executive Director of the Port of Oakland and the Board of the Port of Oakland

Rename Oakland Airport After Trailblazing Asian American Woman Pilot

Did you know that not a single major airport in the United States is named for a woman?  Fortunately, the East Bay produced a trailblazing female pilot who would be a great namesake for the Oakland International Airport! Her name is Maggie Gee. Maggie Gee ( was a member of a pioneering group of women in WWII who aided in the war effort by enlisting in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).  She was also one of only two Chinese-American women to serve as a WASP.  These women pilots worked stateside ferrying planes, towing targets for gunnery training, and serving as instruments instructors for male pilots.  Over 25,000 women applied to the WASP but only 1,074 were accepted and made it through the rigorous training program.  Thirty-eight of these pilots died in service to their country. As a child, Maggie Gee’s family would spend Sundays watching planes take off from the Oakland Airport. This is what first inspired her to fly. At the start of WWII, Maggie passed a drafting test and left her first year of college to work at the Mare Island Naval Shipyards in Vallejo, California.  There, she worked as a draftsman for the engineers who were working on classified projects on US Naval ships needing repair. Once Maggie saved up enough money, she traveled to Nevada and paid $800 for six months of flight training and fifty hours of flying time.   After she soloed and flew the required hours, Maggie applied for the WASP flying training program at Avenger Field, Texas and was accepted into class 44-W-9. After graduation from WASP training, Maggie was sent to Las Vegas Army Air Field, where she served as a tow target pilot for flexible gunnery training for male cadets until the WASP were deactivated on December 20, 1944.  Maggie spent the remainder of her life serving her country and her community. She finished putting herself through school at UC Berkeley and spent the bulk of her career working as a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 2010, Maggie and her fellow WASP received the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their significant service. The individuals we, as a society, choose to memorialize publicly create a statement about whose contributions are worthy of recognition. Representation matters. Currently women, and especially women of color, are woefully underrepresented among icons, memorials, and airports. It’s time to change that! We can make it happen. The Oakland Airport is the City’s front door. The City has always prided itself on its unique and rich cultural heritage. Oakland’s history is one of activism and the fight for social justice by marginalized communities. Like so many of the East Bay’s native sons and daughters, Maggie Gee was a groundbreaker. She was one of the first American women trained to fly military aircraft.  She answered her country’s call at a time of dire need.  She dedicated her life to her country and her community. The Maggie Gee Oakland International Airport would provide the perfect welcome for visitors to the Bay Area. We, the family and friends of Maggie Gee, are initiating this petition to demonstrate public support for renaming the Oakland Airport after this extraordinary woman. Please sign this petition to show your support for Maggie Gee and all monument-worthy women! In the words of Maggie Gee, “Women can do anything, everything! I’m proud to be a woman!”

Tiffany Miller @tiffbmiller
6,983 supporters