Can you pass this 100-question U.S. Civics Quiz?

 

CivicsQuiz.com has a U.S. Civics Quiz of 100 questions.

Most questions are taken right from the U.S. Naturalization Exam.

To take the quiz, click here, then report to us on your score!

I got a score of 95. How did you do?

Of the 5 questions I got wrong, I strenuously object to Question #2. Also, the supposedly correct answers for Questions #65 and #66 contradict each other.

~Eowyn

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Womyn who runs hotel in small-town Michigan offers free lodging to women seeking abortions

 

From Yahoo: Incensed by the spate of legislation severely limiting abortion rights in several states, the manager of a hotel in a small Michigan town posted an unusual offer on Facebook last month.

“Dear sisters,” Shelley O’Brien began in a post addressed to those who live in the states that have or are trying to restrict access to abortion. “We cannot do anything about the way you are being treated in your home-state,” she wrote. “But, if you can make it to Michigan, we will support you with several nights lodging, and transportation to and from your appointment” for abortion services.

The “support” includes staying at the Yale Hotel for free.

O’Brien, 55, runs the hotel in Yale, Michigan. According to The Detroit Free Press, the community near the state’s eastern boundary is perhaps best known for its annual Bologna Festival, which takes place every July. It’s a largely conservative town with a population of under 2,000.

O’Brien, a mother of three and a grandmother of seven, told CNN on Saturday that she felt compelled to take a stand after watching such states as Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio and Kentucky pass bills that seek to significantly impede a woman’s access to abortion.

Efforts also have been made in Michigan to restrict abortion rights, including introduction last month in the state Legislature of a so-called heartbeat bill that would ban the procedures after a fetal heartbeat is detected ― a point when many women remain unaware that they are pregnant. (Nice, unbiased reporting there, HuffPo…)

“Women should have autonomy over their own bodies,” O’Brien said. “If we do not have control over our own bodies, then this is not a free world.”

In her Facebook post, which garnered thousands of reactions, O’Brien promised that she’d provide several nights free lodging at the Yale Hotel, as well as “transportation to and from your appointment” for out-of-state women seeking an abortion in Michigan.

Speaking to the Free Press last week, O’Brien clarified that her offer “extends to anybody” seeking an abortion who may need support, including women who live in parts of her own state where abortion providers are few and far between. The paper noted that there are no abortion providers in Yale, but women can find such services an hour’s drive away.

O’Brien said no one had yet taken her up on her offer, but she has a room set aside for when someone does. She told CNN that she’d dubbed the space “Jane’s Room” in honor of Jane Roe, the pseudonym given to Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in the Roe v. Wade case that in 1973 established a woman’s right to an abortion throughout the U.S.

“The only way this is going to change is if people are willing to risk something,” O’Brien, who’s been called a “baby killer” for her views, told CNN. “The reason they get away with stuff like this is because nobody wants to make waves, nobody wants to give up anything for it.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Trump Organization staff carrying guns to work because of physical attacks by protestors

 

From Daily Mail: Staff at Donald Trump’s real estate company are taking guns to work for their own protection because they are being physically attacked during their commute.

Employees of The Trump Organization are so scared for their safety that being armed is the only way they feel safe, a longtime top executive claims in his new book, The Real Deal: My Decade Fighting Battles and Winning Wars with Trump by George A. Sorial who has been an executive with the Trump Organization since 2006.

Sorial writes that after hearing that his colleagues were being spat on by neverTrumpers he began taking his ‘trusted Glock’ with him when he leaves the house.

In his book Sorial reveals that Trump haters have tried to shut down the Trump Organization by making fake bookings at its hotels and then canceling them.

The claims show the extent of the divide between Trump and his critics who recently shoved an elderly supporter of the President to the floor in London during his state visit to the UK.

Sorial has worked for the Trump Organization since 2006 as executive vice president and counsel and his book makes it clear he is in the president’s camp. In The Real Deal the author claims that in person the President is ‘polite and soft spoken’.

Sorial said that 10-year-old son of one Trump Organization staffer came home to tell his parents he had been bullied because of their links to the President. Another boy who was abused online because his mother works for the Trump Organization.

Sorial calls the people making these comments ‘cowards’ and says that carrying a gun is the only way he feels safe. He writes: ‘I will never leave home without my trusted Glock, and I’m not the only one who considers a firearm and absolute necessity. Thank God for the Second Amendment’.

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Hollyweird actress Marcia Cross has anal cancer from same STD as husband’s throat cancer

 

Anal cancer is an uncommon malignancy that starts in the anus — the opening at the end of the rectum. The American Cancer Society estimates that 8,200 cases of anal cancer would be diagnosed in 2017 and about 1,100 deaths a year from anal cancer. The 5-year survival rate following diagnosis of anal cancer is 60% for men and 71% for women.

Most anal cancers (80%) are diagnosed in people who are over age 60. Prior to age 35, anal cancer is more common in men, with an incidence rate 6 times higher in single men as compared to marrried men. That is because receptive anal intercourse or sodomy is strongly related to anal cancer.

Another major risk factor for anal cancer is infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) that results in genital warts and is a cause of cervical cancer in women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), HPV is the most common STD in the U.S. and affects around 79 million Americans.

Eileen Reslen reports for Page Six that on June 5, 2019, actress Marcia Cross, 57, best known for her role in the ABC television series “Desperate Housewives,” appeared on “CBS This Morning” to give a health update more than a year after her anal cancer diagnosis.

Cross also divulged that her cancer is likely related to her 61-year-old husband Tom Mahoney’s cancer. Mahoney, a stockbroker, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009, years before Cross was diagnosed with anal cancer. Cross said that doctors told her the same type of HPV that triggered her husband’s throat cancer could cause cancer in the anus. Both Cross and Mahoney are in remission.

In other words, doctors believe that the sexually-transmitted HPV caused both Mahoney’s throat cancer and Cross’ subsequent anal cancer. Given the timing of the two cancers, Mahoney likely transmitted the HPV to Cross via anal intercourse.

Typical of the Left’s in-your-face defiance and utter lack-of-shame, Cross made her anal cancer into a virtue. She said she was able to get through her anal cancer diagnosis with the help of a group of girlfriends, whom she called her “Anal Angels”. She said:

“I know that there are people who are ashamed. You have cancer! Do you have to then also feel ashamed like you did something bad because it took up residence in your anus? I mean, come on, really. There’s enough on your plate. I kept saying if this doesn’t kill me, it’s the best thing that could’ve ever happened because the experience of being loved like that? It blew my mind.”

Although anal sex is frequently assumed to be confined to the homoexual male population, it has become more “popular” among heterosexual couples under 45. According to a CDC report, “Sexual Behavior, Sexual Attraction and Sexual Identity in the United States,” which polled thousands of people between the ages of 15 and 44 from 2006 through 2008, as many as 44% of straight men and 36% of straight women admitted to having had anal sex at least once in their lives.

Hugo Schwyzer, a professor gender studies and history at Pasadena City College, maintains that “butt sex,” which he extols as “the most selfless of common sexual acts” given the amount of pain the “bottoming” partner endures in its practice, is on the rise due to its frequent appearance in both heterosexual porn and mainstream media as well as an increased pressure from heterosexual male partners. Schwyzer cited several sources casting doubt on how pleasurable anal sex is for women.

Put simply, the anus is not biologically designed to be penetrated.

As I explained in my 2013 post, “Medical consequences of homosexual sexual behaviors“:

The rectum is significantly different from the vagina with regard to suitability for penetration by a penis. The vagina has natural lubricants and is composed of a mucus membrane with a multi-layer stratified squamous epithelium that allows it to endure friction without damage and to resist the immunological actions caused by semen and sperm. In contrast, the anus is a delicate mechanism of small muscles that comprise an “exit-only” passage. With repeated trauma, friction and stretching, the sphincter loses its tone and its ability to maintain a tight seal. Consequently, anal intercourse leads to leakage of fecal material that can easily become chronic. Moreover, the intestine has only a single layer of cells separating it from blood. Therefore, any organisms that are introduced into the rectum have a much easier time establishing a foothold for infection than they would in a vagina. The single layer tissue cannot withstand the friction associated with penile penetration, resulting in traumas that expose both participants to blood, organisms in feces, and a mixing of bodily fluids.

Furthermore, ejaculate has components that are immunosuppressive, designed to allow the sperm to evade the immune defenses of the female. The fragility of the anus and rectum, along with the immunosuppressive effect of ejaculate, make anal-genital intercourse a most efficient manner of transmitting HIV and other infections. Below is a list of diseases found with extraordinary frequency among male homosexual practitioners as a result of anal intercourse. Sexual transmission of some of these diseases is so rare in the exclusively heterosexual population as to be virtually unknown. Lesbians are also at higher risk for these STDs:

  • Anal cancer
  • Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Giardia lamblia
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Human immunodeficiency virus
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV)
  • Isospora belli
  • Microsporidia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Viral hepatitis types B & C
  • Syphilis: gay men contracted syphilis at 3 to 4 times the rate of heterosexuals.
  • HIV/AIDS: A study based upon statistics from 1986 through 1990 estimated that 20-year-old gay men had a 50% chance of becoming HIV positive by age 55. As of June 2001, nearly 64% of men with AIDS were men who have had sex with men, i.e., anal sex.

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Lawless Democrats: 42 prosecutors refuse to enforce state laws restricting abortion

 

It is said that for a democracy or republic to work, there must the rule of law. If you disagree with a law, you don’t just refuse to follow it but work within the system to change the law.

We hoi polloi, whom elites sneeringly dismiss as the “great unwashed,” who refuse to abide by the rule of law are punished. But this is not the case in America today where Democrat elites “do as they will” and blithely ignore or outright violate duly-made laws — with impunity.

An example are “sanctury” cities, counties and states. These are Democrat-governed jurisdictions that ignore, defy and violate the federal government’s immigration laws by providing “sanctuary” to illegal aliens with policies, laws, executive orders, or regulations allowing, and in some cases requiring, local law enforcement to avoid cooperating with federal immigration law enforcement authorities, as in deporting criminal illegals.

For a list of those sanctuary states, cities and counties, go here.

The latest example of lawless Democrats are 42 elected prosecutors — state attorney generals and district attorneys — who have signed a statement of refusal to enforce state laws restricting abortion, referring to the recent passage of anti-abortion laws in Alabama, Missouri and Georgia.

To impress on you the significance of their refusal to enforce those laws, note that:

  • The attorney general in each of the 50 U.S. states or territories is the chief legal advisor to the state government and the state’s chief law enforcement officer. In some states, the attorney general serves as the head of a state department of justice, with responsibilities similar to those of the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • A district attorney (DA) is the chief prosecutor for a local government area, typically a county. The exact name of the office varies by state. Except in the smallest counties, a district attorney leads a staff of prosecutors, who are most commonly known as deputy district attorneys (DDAs). The majority of prosecutions will be delegated to DDAs, with the district attorney prosecuting the most important cases and having overall responsibility for their agency and its work.

The 42 prosecutors’ statement of June 2019, “Joint Statement from Elected Prosecutors“, says:

Several states have recently passed, or are considering the passage of, broad restrictions on abortion…leaving open the potential for criminalizing patients, medical professionals, healthcare providers, and possibly others who assist in these medical procedures….

As elected prosecutors, we took an oath to uphold both the U.S.Constitution and the Constitutions of our individual states. Our U.S. Supreme Court,i n deciding Roe v. Wade, determined that every woman has a fundamental right to privacy which is “broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.”4 As some elected prosecutors have noted, the broad restrictions in the laws passed by these states appear to be unconstitutional under Roe v. Wade….

[N]ot all of us are in states where women’s rights are threatened by statutes criminalizing abortion. What brings us together is our view that as prosecutors we should not and will not criminalize healthcare decisions such as these –and we believe it is our obligation as elected prosecutors charged with protecting the health and safety of allmembers of our community to make our views clear.

Prosecutors are entrusted with immense discretion…. In our view, resources are better utilized to prevent and address serious crimes that impact our community rather than enforcing laws such as these that divide our community, create untenable choices for women and healthcare providers, and erode trust in the justice system….

In sum, as elected prosecutors with charging discretion, we choose not to prosecute individuals pursuant to these deeply concerning laws. Legal precedent, as established by the highest court in the land, has held for nearly 50 years that women have a right to make decisions about their own medical care including, but not limited to, seeking an abortion. Enforcement of laws that criminalize healthcare decisions would shatter that precedent….

The 42 elected prosecutors consist of 11 attorney generals and 31 district attorneys, also known in some states as city attorney, prosecuting attorney or state’s attorney.

The 11 attorney generals, all Democrats, are:

  1. Xavier Becerra, California
  2. Keith Ellison, Minnesota
  3. Aaron Ford, Nevada
  4. Brian E. Frosh, Maryland
  5. Maura Healey, Massachusetts
  6. Kathleen Jennings, Delaware
  7. Dana Nessel, Michigan
  8. Karl A. Racine, District of Columbia
  9. Kwame Raoul, lllinois
  10. Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon
  11. Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania

The 31 district attorneys, all Democrats, are:

  1. Alabama: Danny Carr, Jefferson County
  2. California: Diana Becton, Contra Costa County
  3. California: George Gascón, San Francisco
  4. California: Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County
  5. Colorado: Michael Dougherty, 20th Judicial District
  6. Colorado: Beth McCann, Second Judicial District
  7. Georgia: Sherry Boston, DeKalb County
  8. Georgia: David Cooke, Macon Judicial Circuit
  9. Georgia: Paul Howard, Fulton County
  10. Kansas: Mark Dupree, Wyandotte County
  11. Maryland: Marilyn J. Mosby, Baltimore
  12. Massachusetts: Andrea Harrington, Berkshire County
  13. Massachusetts: Rachael Rollins, Suffolk County
  14. Massachusetts: Marian T. Ryan, Middlesex County
  15. Michigan: Carol A. Siemon, Ingham County
  16. New Mexico: Raúl Torrez, Bernalillo County
  17. New York: Eric Gonzalez, Kings County
  18. New York: Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., New York County
  19. North Carolina: Satana Deberry, Durham County
  20. Ohio: Zachary Klein
  21. Pennsylvania: Lawrence S. Krasner, Philadelphia
  22. Texas: John Creuzot, Dallas County
  23. Texas: Joe Gonzales, Bexar County
  24. Texas: Mark Gonzalez, Nueces County
  25. Texas: Brian Middleton, Fort Bend County
  26. Utah: Sim Gill, Salt Lake County
  27. Vermont: Thomas J. Donovan, Jr.
  28. Vermont: Sarah George
  29. Virginia: Stephanie Morales, Portsmouth
  30. Washington: Dan Satterberg, King County
  31. Wisconsin: John T. Chisholm, Milwaukee

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Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot holds “accountability” meeting after another weekend of gun violence

 

There is no such thing as “accountability” in Chiraq.

Demorats have been in charge since 1931 and yet the gun violence CONTINUES.

From MyFoxChicago: City leaders met Monday following another violent weekend.

The second weekend of June saw 39 people shot, three of them fatally. Police were also able to arrest 36 people on gun-related charges and remove 115 illegal weapons from the street.

Since Mayor Lori Lightfoot took over, “Accountability Monday” has become a weekly affair between the mayor and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Also meeting with Mayor Lightfoot Monday was all 22 police district commanders to go over the weekend violence numbers.

“There’s nothing wrong with having another set of eyes looking at what we are doing,” said Johnson.

A police spokesperson says officers also arrested four robbery suspects and two shooting offenders over the weekend.

In hopes of decreasing violence numbers, the mayor and superintendent have announced the creation of “Business Liaison Officers.”

Each of the 22 districts will have a designated officer to be in direct communication between local businesses and the police.

“All those officers will have cell phones, so instead of those businesses trying to reach out to the commanders personally, they have an officer that they can go to 24 hours a day and report if they need some help,” said Johnson.

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ID’s? We don’t need no stinking IDs!

 

An American citizen who wants to board a commercial airplane must first show a government issued photo identification card to a federal agent, and then undergo a search that includes an X-ray and frequently a hand search of all carry-on items, taking off your shoes and belt, dumping EVERYHHING out of your pockets, and, finally, undergoing a full-body scan, with your hands over your head, by a machine that shows an image of EVERYTHING beneath your clothing as if you had walked through the scanner buck naked. It is the electronic equivalent of a full body strip search.

Oooooh baby!

But, there is one demographic that neither has to show an ID, nor or undergo a security check.

Yes, you guessed it.

Illegal aliens.

Since December 2018, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has permitted illegal aliens released from custody to board domestic flights without having any of 15 forms of identification typically required for airline travel, the Washington Examiner reported exclusively on Thursday. The practice has been in place for at least six months and perhaps considerably longer, according to some sources.

A TSA spokesperson told the Washington Examiner that illegal aliens could fly without identification as long as they provided Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-862, the “Notice to Appear” form that is provided to immigrants who have applied for asylum, passed a credible fear assessment, and could wait up to five years for a federal judge to decide their case.

The form can serve as identification because it is only issued after a background check has been conducted on the applicant while in federal custody, the spokesperson noted.

The TSA’s website lists 15 forms of identification acceptable to travel, which are:

•Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
•U.S. passport
•U.S. passport card
•DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
•U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
•Permanent resident card
•Border crossing card
•DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
•Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
•HSPD-12 PIV card
•Foreign government-issued passport
•Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
•Transportation worker identification credential
•U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
•U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

However, form I-862 is not listed as an acceptable form of identification, and it isn’t provided until 180 days after approval of a credible fear claim.

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) official told the Washington Examiner that Form I-862’s sole purpose is to tell applicants when to appear in court, and it cannot authorize applicants to travel.

“TSA accepts identification documentation issued by other government agencies, which is validated through the issuing agency. All passengers are then subject to appropriate screening measures,” the TSA said in a statement to Washington Examiner.

But, Republican Rep. Steve King tweeted Wednesday, “Illegals enter the U.S. every day with no ID. Until recently, DHS didn’t even finger print those under 14 but has flown illegals of all ages to every state. No way they all have valid ID’s. If they fly commercial, TSA has to be waiving the valid ID requirement.”

Illegal aliens may have used Form I-862s as identification for travel since 2014.

In 2014, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council Shawn Moran told KFOX14 that border patrol agents had observed TSA agents accepting the I-862 form and allowing the illegals to fly wherever they pleased with no questions asked.

“These documents are easily reproduced on any type of copier or home computer, they have no photographs, so there’s really no way to verify that the person holding them is actually who they say they are,” Moran told KFOX14 at the time. “We’re just concerned that the commercial transportation system could be exploited by somebody claiming to be another person.”

~ Grif

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Animals who adopt humans: stray cat & a wild fox

 

Many kind people adopt homeless dogs and cats from shelters.

Sometimes, however, the animals adopt humans, as in the cases of a stray cat who adopted a young couple in a camper van, and a wild fox who befriended wildlife filmmaker Dora Nightingale in her back garden.

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Beinvenidos a California: Lawmakers agree to health benefits for illegal aliens

 

From SF Gate: California will become the first state to pay for some adults living in the country illegally to have full health benefits as the solidly liberal bastion continues to resist the policies of Republican President Donald Trump’s administration.

Democrats in the state Legislature reached an agreement Sunday afternoon as part of a broader plan to spend $213 billion of state and federal tax money over the next year. The legislature is expected to approve the deal this week. The agreement means low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California’s Medicaid program, the joint state and federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

Only those in that age group whose incomes are low enough to qualify for the program would get the health benefits. State officials estimate that group will be about 90,000 people at a cost of $98 million per year. The state Senate had wanted to expand the proposal to include adults 65 and older, but the Newsom administration argued it would cost too much.

Sen. Holly Mitchell

“California believes that health is a fundamental right,” said state Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat who led the budget negotiations.

The move is part of a larger effort to make sure everyone in California has health insurance. The proposal also makes California the first state in the country to help middle-income families pay their monthly health insurance premiums. It means a family of four earning as much as six times the federal poverty level — or more than $150,000 a year — would be eligible to get about $100 a month from the government to help pay their monthly health insurance premiums.

But to pay for part of it, the state will begin taxing people who don’t have health insurance. It’s a revival of the individual mandate penalty that had been law nationwide under former President Barack Obama’s health care law until Republicans in Congress eliminated it as part of the 2017 overhaul to the tax code.

Republicans on the legislative committee negotiating the budget voted against the proposal, arguing it was not fair to give health benefits to people who are in the country illegally while taxing people who are here legally for not purchasing health insurance.

The budget agreement still must be approved by the full state Legislature. State law requires lawmakers to enact a budget by midnight on June 15. If they don’t, lawmakers would lose their pay.

The health care proposals are a win for first-term Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who proposed both of them. Several lawmakers in the Democratic-dominated state legislature wanted to go further by offering health coverage to all adults living in California illegally. But Newsom opposed that, noting it would cost $3.4 billion.

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The Netflix Effect: Teen suicides increased 29% after release of teen-suicide show ’13 Reasons Why’

 

If you need another reason to dump Netflix, here’s the latest.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the CDC. Studies show that publicized suicides do trigger a ripple effect of additional suicides within communities.

13 Reasons Why” is a Netflix TV series, executive-produced by Selena Gomez, based on a novel by Jay Asher, 43, a writer of contemporary novels for teens, about 17 year-old Hannah Baker, who killed herself. Before she committed suicide, she made 13 cassette tapes, addressed to 13 persons at her school, detailing how and why they contributed to her desire to take her own life. The TV show also graphically depicts Baker’s suicide in a scene in which she slits her wrists and lets her blood spill into her bathtub at home.

Note: In 2017, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) expelled Asher for sexual harassment. SCBWI executive director Lin Oliver wrote in an email to The Guardian:

Both Jay Asher and [prize-winning illustrator ] David Diaz were found to have violated the SCBWI code of conduct in regard to harassment. Claims against them were investigated and, as a result, they are no longer members and neither will be appearing at any SCBWI events in the future. Both have been expelled from the SCBWI and are not welcome as members, faculty or speakers.

Before and after Netflix aired the first season of “13 Reasons Why” on March 31, 2017, and a second season on May 18, 2018, warnings and alarms were raised about the show:

  • Several mental health groups, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists, had condemned the show as romanticizing suicide.
  • The UK’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children reported that young people had cited the show as a trigger for suicidal thoughts.
  • In April 2017, a Florida schools superintendent warned parents that the show was inspiring an increase in self-harming and suicidal threats among elementary and middle school students.
  • A survey published in November 2018 found that of 87 suicidal teenagers aged 13 to 17 who were taken to the emergency department, 43 of them said that they had watched at least one episode of “13 Reasons Why”. Of those who had seen the show, 21 reported that they believe it had increased their risk for suicide.
  • In May 2019, Don Mordecai, Kaiser Permanente’s national leader for mental health, told Business Insider: “There was a kind of romanticization, and at the core of the story was this idea that you can kill yourself and be dead and yet not really be dead. Because, of course, (Baker) continues to be a character – she’s in scenes, and she’s still there in many ways.”

Now, a study has confirmed that the Netflix show indeed triggers teen suicides.

The Catholic News Agency reports, June 7, 2019, that a new study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found a 28.9% increase in suicide rates in U.S. boys ages 10-17 in the month (April 2017) following the debut of “13 Reasons Why”. Increases in suicide rates among youth were also found in the month leading up to the show’s release, and through December 2017, nine months after its release.

The study was conducted by multiple researchers from several different universities, hospitals, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), which funded the study. For the study, researchers analyzed death rates due to suicide based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s web-based Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research.

The study found that the increase in suicides was statistically significant among young males; the increase in suicides among young females in association with the show was not statistically significant. Researchers found the increase in suicide rates even after adjusting for otherwise expected suicide rates during that time period, based on ongoing suicide trends. They also found that suicide rates did not increase during the studied time period for people ages 18-64.

In a press release on the study, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) said:

The number of deaths by suicide recorded in April 2017 was greater than the number seen in any single month during the five-year period examined by the researchers. The findings highlight the necessity of using best practices when portraying suicide in popular entertainment and in the media.

One of the study’s authors, NIMH clinical scientist Lisa Horowitz, Ph.D., M.P.H., said: “The results of this study should raise awareness that young people are particularly vulnerable to the media. All disciplines, including the media, need to take good care to be constructive and thoughtful about topics that intersect with public health crises.”

In the press release for the NIMH study, the authors concluded that the findings “should serve as a reminder to be mindful of the possible unintended impacts of the portrayal of suicide, and as a call to the entertainment industry and the media to use best practices when engaging with this topic.”

Despite all the warnings and scientific data about “13 Reasons Why,” in June 2018, Netflix still saw fit to order a third season, which will be aired sometime this year. 

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