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There was once a kingdom in which certain people decided that amputation was immoral.

The gods made us to have two arms and two legs, ten fingers and ten toes, they said. Amputations should be made illegal!

No one wants to have an amputation, said others, but sometimes they become medically necessary.

When amputation is made criminal, only criminals will have amputations! cried the anti-amputation crowd.

But accidents happen; some people will die if they don't have amputations, the others pointed out.

Criminalize amputation! The gods will it! replied the Whole-Bodiers.

But surely, when an amputation is needed, each individual should have the right to decide for herself whether or not she wants one, said the Pro-Deciders.

Your bodies are not your own! replied the others. We have the right to tell you what you can and cannot do with your own body! The gods have given us this right!

No they didn't, said some. Your gods are not our gods, said others; but no one was listening.

Backed by powerful political and business interests, the Whole-Body movement—a small minority in the kingdom—nonetheless passed stringent laws against amputation, imprisoning amputees and doctors who performed amputations.

They even encouraged neighbors to spy on one another, and to report secret amputees; and to each such informer, they promised to pay 10,000 gold ducats.

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Dear State Legislators of Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, and Alabama:

You've made your position clear. Your anti-choice legislation constitutes nothing less than a War on Freedom, and a War on Women.

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Unleash the Furies: Fighting for Women's Sovereignty in the South

I have three strikes against me as a resident of southern Alabama—woman, witch, and feminist. Coping with the Bible Belt and being in politically hostile territory is nothing new, since I’ve been doing it all my life. I’ve leaned on the security of the First Amendment and Jefferson’s exhortations on maintaining a “wall of separation between church and State” when threatened with theocratic notions. I have believed in these foundational cornerstones of our nation, even if so many around me seemed to forget.   

Over the past few years, though, I’ve watched the extreme fundamentalists get bolder in their attempts to marry church and government, and it’s disturbing to say the least. The latest assault on women’s reproductive rights is exposing just how close we are to Gilead, the dystopian world that Margaret Atwood paints so vividly and chillingly in The Handmaid’s Tale

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Good Witch vs. Bad Witch: Does the Rede Apply to the Unborn?

"Dear Good Witch/Bad Witch:

If Wiccans are to follow the law of 'harm none' then would abortion not be accepted because it ends the life of the unborn? Does that fall under harm none?"

Sara in South Bend

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    Dear Good Witch & Bad Witch, I want to thank you both for your wonderful insight and wisdom on this very delicate subject. I have

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