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Whether Or Not Addiction Is A 'Disease,' It Doesn't Change The Fact That Addicts Need Our Help NOW

Demi Lovato pleaded for our help, yet we still blame her for her own addiction.

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Yesterday, news broke that Demi Lovato was being hospitalized in Los Angeles for an apparent heroin overdose. Within hours, thousands of Tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram stories expressed unwavering support for Demi during such a hard time. But, where was all of this same support when the songstress openly admitted to her struggles and even said she did relapse in her new song?

I think people have a significant problem with showing those in pain the help they need a little too late. Too many times, people fall victim to their struggles with serious issues like addiction or depression. And it's not until they reach that point, a place that they can never come back from, when suddenly an outpouring of support comes rushing in for them.

Along with that, people seem to have an issue with drug addiction, in general. I have seen numerous posts on Facebook describing how addicts deserve little to no sympathy because they "choose" to consume drugs.

Life revolves around many choices. Sure, some decisions are better than others but we, as a society, have no right to judge anybody based on what they choose to do. No one openly judges a couple for "choosing" to have a child that they, in all honesty, shouldn't be having. Parents can even "choose" to not vaccinate their children (which is creating a way bigger problem than addiction) and doctors have to be fine with it.

So, why do people suddenly become so stubborn when discussing addiction and automatically assume it's the person's fault for simply "choosing" to become addicted to a highly fatal drug?

Currently in the United States, there's a huge problem with addiction throughout the Midwest. With the rapid spread of extremely dangerous drugs, like Fentanyl, coursing through bored and stagnant states like Ohio and Michigan comes devastating images of people overdosing with their kids in the room or passed out in the driver's seat of their car. It can't possibly be thousands of people's faults for succumbing to such a painful struggle. There is something more serious and sinister going on.

Saying that addicts should not be helped because they choose to take drugs is like saying the victims of a shooting shouldn't be helped because they chose to be in a public place where a gun could be pulled out at any time. They're both completely ridiculous claims. Everyone deserves to be offered support and encouragement for whatever they're struggling with, no matter the circumstances.

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18 Bible Verses That Prove God Would NOT Be 'Pro-Life'

Stop using the Bible as an excuse to take away women's rights.

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"Abortion is WRONG because God (the highest authority) says so! Not because I say so, or "religious" people say so or the government says so...because the CREATOR OF ALL HUMAN LIFE SAYS SO."

This argument is bullshit and I'm sick of hearing it, because it just isn't true. All these Christians claim that the Bible and God says that abortion is wrong, and it's clear they've never read the Bible. Have you ever seen them use a biblical verse to validate their claims? Yeah, me neither. And you know why? BECAUSE THE BIBLE IS NOT PRO-LIFE. They pick and choose vague verses to attempt to back up these ridiculous claims, completely ignoring the damning evidence that the Bible, and therefore God, actually supports child murder, infanticide, and abortion.

Unlike pro-lifers, I'll actually provide some evidence:

1. Numbers 31:17 "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him"

2. Deuteronomy 2:34 "And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain"

3. Deuteronomy 28:53 "And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the seige, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee"

4. 1 Samuel 15:3 "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass"

5. Isaiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished"

6. Isaiah 13:18 "Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children"

7. Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house"

8. Hosea 9:14 "Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts"

9. Hosea 13:16 "Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up"

10. 2 Kings 2:24 "And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them"

11. Psalm 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones"

12. Numbers 5:21 "-here the priest is to put the woman under his curse- "may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell"

13. Hosea 9:16 "Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb"

14. Psalm 135:8 "He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and of beast;"

15. Psalm 136:10 "-to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever"

16. 2 Kings 6:28-29 "And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.So we boiled by son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son"

17. Leviticus 26:29 "And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat"

18. Jeremiah 11:22 "Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:"


Stop using your religion to try and push propoganda that "God says abortion is wrong because it kills innocent children." Clearly your God doesn't care about killing children. There is more than enough proof that the Bible and God are NOT pro-life. Stop acting like you're good Christians upholding the values of God when you clearly haven't picked up the Bible and actually read it. God doesn't agree with your backwards thinking. Maybe try do your research before spewing your religious bullshit to try and take away women's rights.

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14 Young Adults Speak On Abortions And Abortion Bans

"Would I ever get one personally? Probably not"

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Abortion has been a hot topic recently with the recent rise in abortion restrictions and bans being signed in differing states. The more I read on Facebook about these bills, the more I started to wonder how people my age felt about these bans, and abortion itself. So I decided to ask them.

1. Morgan, 21

"I think abortion is horrible. It should be illegal. The only reason you should get one is for medical reasons."

2. Justin, 26

“I don't like abortions, but it's not my choice. Excluding for medical reasons, birth control can fail at any time without warning. Even if you're using everything, a pill, patch, male and female condoms, they all still contain a small chance to become pregnant. I think the bigger issue is that sex education is not as strong as it should be. We're just taught, "Hey, don't have sex or you'll either get a kid or an STD." Even though some student were already engaging in sexual activities. Take the path you want, but nobody should be forced to something they don't want.”

3. Brynn, 23

“I have never had an abortion, but I'm pro-choice. One of the reasons why I'm pro-choice is because I had a friend whose pregnancy was literally killing her. She wanted to keep her baby more than anything but in the 9 weeks that she was pregnant, she lost 20 lbs, couldn't take care of her children, constantly passing out, and in constant pain. Her dr even said she wouldn't be able to live if she tried to bring the baby to term. Another reason I am pro-choice, I went to my nephew's music show (he's in the 5th grade) and there's a girl in his class who was raped but her parents forced her to carry her rapists baby. She was on stage for maybe 10 minutes before this tiny, little (very pregnant) girl walked off stage in tears. I'm pro-choice because no girl/woman should have to be a living incubator because someone else has a problem with abortion. And no, adoption is not an option, do a quick google search and find out how many children in each of the abortion banned states are STILL WAITING TO BE ADOPTED!"

4. Julia, 21

“It's all fucking bullshit. Getting an abortion should be as easy to get as an appendectomy. For any reason. Always. But only in the first trimester. 2nd trimester and beyond, medical reasons."

5. Audrey, 19

“Abortions should be accessible for everyone. Without safe abortions, death rates will rise and women will be put in danger. I don't think anyone should be forced to carry or abort a fetus. Being pro-life for yourself is one thing but taking the choice away from other people is another."

6. Abby, 21

I grew up in a super religious family. I was taught that abortion was murder and until I was probably 16 or 17 I was also super active in the pro-life community. I was even going to go on the radio and talk about it. The thing that really changed my mind, was studying history. Learning about the past really helped shape my political or moral beliefs. At that point, I decided the government's only purpose should be to protect a person's right to life, liberty, and property. I realized it is not the government's right to tell a woman what she can and can't do with her body. I started looking at real scientific research instead of fanatical articles written by old, Christian men. At that point, I was still pro-choice but still would never have done it personally.

Then I started having sex with boyfriend at 18. I was taking birth control, but with horribly untreated anxiety and OCD, I was constantly terrified of getting pregnant. There was one point where I had a real pregnant scare. Before I even knew for sure if I was or wasn't, I had already decided my only choice would be an abortion.
Since then, I have really had my eyes opened to the misogyny of US legislation. I have been screamed at by "Christians" for going into planned parenthood when I just needed to get prescriptions and check-ups there."

7. Isaiah, 21 

“So politically, I believe it's not my body I have no say unless I contributed to the conception of the child. Personally, I don't believe it should be an option save for in medically necessary cases. Or in extreme circumstances. I believe this because there is a plan in place and call it what you will I believe that an abortion without very good cause only hinders that plan."

8. Shayla, 23

“My opinion on abortion is that I think it's murder IN SOME CASES. If a woman doesn't want the baby, or she can't take care of it, or doesn't think she's ready to be a mom, and decides on abortion, that's where I consider it murder because there are woman all over the world who would be great mothers, but can't have kids. I do believe it's murder because once there is a heartbeat, it's officially another human. Therefore, another person. In cases where I don't believe it's murder is when the baby or the mother's life is at stake and either one, the other, or both won't make it. That's where it becomes a major health issue for both lefts unchecks or not handled properly. One abortion ban I don't agree with is imprisoning the doctors for performing the procedure. They're doing their job and what they're paid to do. There are things I don't like doing at my job, but I have to do it because I need to make money for my child and bills. It's unfortunate, but that's how the world works."

9. Sidney, 19

“I'm pro-choice. Would I ever have one personally? Probably not, but I definitely think people should have that as an option. I often think about how people are against banning guns and their argument is always "well if someone really wants a gun they'll find out a way to get ahold of one", I think it's the same thing with abortions. If someone really wants to get an abortion they will and I'd much rather someone get one by a professional, safely, rather than doing something drastic and ending up really hurting themselves. I get why it makes people uncomfortable and I personally don't think that abortion is something anyone really WANTS to do but if a woman feels that's what's best than that's their right."

10. Noel, 22

“Well you know I'm pro-life. That being said I think the law takes the ideal too far and is actually infringing on the rights of women. And this is a clear example of how political extremes are ripping the country apart"

11. Madison, 22

“I think it's worth pointing out that the bill seems to have taken into account only the feelings of a few Evangelical cishet white men (no shade, I mean, I'm a Christian as well) without examining the scientific and medical perspectives at all. I've even heard they want to force women to go through with ectopic pregnancies?? Which is where the egg is fertilized inside the Fallopian tube and cannot survive but can kill the person carrying it if it's not removed quickly enough. I saw a headline about how one of the state bills proposes removing the embryo and reimplanting it in the uterus, which isn't remotely feasible. Plus this stuff will, as always, hurt people of lower socioeconomic standing who are unable to go to other states or countries. There also aren't exceptions for rape OR incest, meaning if a child is raped by a family member, she has to deliver that baby and be a mother. Which is super messed up in my opinion."

12. Sarah, 22

“Personally I find it very upsetting and a step backward for our country. Although I would never get an abortion myself, I believe everyone should have the right to make their own decisions for themselves and if abortion is what they want, so be it. I think making abortion illegal will just mean that individuals who want to have an abortion will take other, riskier methods towards ending the pregnancy"

13. Hayden, 21

“It's bullshit. Men should not have control over what a women does with her body.”

14. Neriah, 21

“It's great to see some states recognizing babies in the womb as fully alive and fully human and it's wonderful to see people all for that!”

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