Friday, October 10, 2014

fertility friday | hello america...

happy friday! 

sending love to a blog friend
i'd be remiss if i didn't mention one of our ttc sisters, who is in the throes of heartbreak right now. allison at belle haven drive has been battling infertility for a while. after several failed IVF cycles, she decided to go the egg donor route. she was about 10 weeks ahead of me in her pregnancy and delivered her twin girls early, at just over 27 weeks. she lost one of her sweet little babies yesterday and i haven't been able to get her off my mind. please stop by her blog and send her some love and/or say a prayer for her and her little one. i can't even imagine the pain and despair that she is feeling right now. 

a threat to infertiles  
i came across the article below on facebook and wanted to spread the word. unfortunately, i can't vote for this initiative because i live in california but maybe some of my readers are from colorado or others want to spread the word. rarely do i get involved with politics but when the government threatens to take away women's rights to pursue fertility treatments…that concerns me. take a read and feel free to share. this article was originally on huffington post

Hello America, It's Me, Colorado

Hello? Is anyone out there? It's me, Colorado. 

You might have heard about me lately. I've been in the news from time to time. Did you know you can buy legal weed out here? Folks seem to like that. And we have a pretty good football team with a pretty good quarterback -- the Denver Broncos and that guy Peyton Manning. Except when we play Seattle. They just have our number. 

There's something big going on here that no one seems to be talking about. This has me a little worried. OK, to be honest, it has me more than a little worried. I'm Colorado. I have this cool, funky, fun, wild west reputation -- I'm pretty and smart and fit and people like me. It's fun to be me. 

Here's the thing. I'm afraid no one will like me much after the election this November. 

Why? Because half of my population (that's over 2.6 million people, for those of you who like numbers) might lose a whole lot of their basic rights this November. That's when Coloradans will vote on something called Amendment 67, aka "Personhood." If the election were held today, some polls show it would pass. That's why I'm so scared. 

Amendment 67 is what's also known as "Personhood".

Personhood, if you've never heard of it before, is the movement to give fertilized eggs all the same rights as people -- two cells would have the same rights as you or your best friend. The group behind this movement, Personhood USA, is based right here in Denver. Every couple of years they try and write their fertilized egg = person ideas into my Constitution. The last couple of times most Coloradans have voted "NO" on these amendments and they've failed. But this year things are different. 

This year, the Personhood USA folks are more deceptive.They've disguised "personhood" as something else. This year, they say they simply want to "protect pregnant women." Which is why when people read the language on their ballots, they think it sounds like a good idea. But it's not. Here's what Amendment 67 would really do:
- Outlaw all abortion in Colorado, even in cases of rape and incest. 
- Ban some of the most common and effective forms of birth control, including the Pill and IUDs. 
- Make it illegal for a pregnant women with cancer to choose treatment that could save her life. 
- Restrict options for women wanting in vitro fertilization. 
- Any birth that isn't a live-birth -- so miscarriages and still births -- could be deemed suspicious deaths and would be investigated by police. 

If Amendment 67 were to pass, Colorado's 2.6 million women would face the harshest restrictions on their rights anywhere in the country. I'm afraid this could happen. Because no one is really talking much about Amendment 67, either here in Colorado or anywhere else in the country. I don't understand why not. If "personhood" could pass here, it could pass anywhere. 

So America, I'm asking for a little help. Help to get the word out about "personhood" and the terrifying attacks on women's rights happening right here in Colorado. Truth is, I really need your help. 

Here's what you can do:

Go here and learn more. Maybe give a couple bucks to help stop Colorado's Amendment 67. Then share the link of that page with everyone you know. 

That would mean a lot to me. I'll be sure to repay the favor and invite you out in a couple months for some great skiing and beautiful scenery and amazing weed. Hey, it's the least I can do. 

Sincerely yours, 

winners from last week's book giveaway
thanks to everyone for your comments and entering the giveaway. honestly, i wish i had books for every single one of you. as always, i'm wishing all of you the best of luck on your ttc journey. below are the winners that were chosen at random:

when you're not expecting - patricia castillo
it starts with the egg - jess
the infertility cure - jenlee
anji medicated fertility meditation cd - lisamarie 
the mind-body fertility connection - lauren
IVF meditation cd - jojo
 conquering infertility - richelle
 fertility foods - heather (2nd to last comment)
fertility diet - dawn 
CCRM medication cd - anonymous/annabelle 

if your name is on the list above, please send your mailing address at dreamingofdimples (at) gmail (dot) com by 10/17. for any books that are not claimed by that date, a new winner will be selected. 

don't forget to link up your fertility related post below. 
have a wonderful weekend!


Natalie | Mrs. Janney | said...

If I lived in Colorado, I would definitely be voting NO!! I am hopeful that the citizens of Colorado will see what a horrible bill and precedent this is and stand up for basic women's rights. I mean seriously... who can think this is ok?

JoJo said...

Woohoo! Thanks for the meditation cd. (: ur the best!

Krystal Sullivan said...

Much love to your friend. That saddens my heart.

Lisa {Amateur Nester} said...

So many things to say about this post....

First of all, my thoughts and prayers go out to your friend who lost one of her twins. Such a tragic situation.

Also, I'm very concerned about what's going on in Colorado, too. It concerns me that abortion, fertility treatments, and women's healthcare are all being lumped into one Measure.

Finally, I'm so excited that you've started a Fertility-related link up, too! I've added it to my list of link ups to participate in every week.

Patricia Castillo said...

Please let me know if you didn't receive my email with my address.

So sad about your friend and Colorado law!

Amber said...

It's hard to believe we are in the year 2014 and it is on a ballot to ban birth control. And I canNOT even imagine suffering through a miscarriage or stillbirth, and then actually being investigated for a suspicious death!!! Not to mention all the other things lumped into this one Amendment. Scary.

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