Quotes from one of the links inside this article: “…Negotiations have been waged between the United States and Japan in the last few years and most significantly in this last year. The focus had been the relocation of 8,000 Marines and their dependents from Okinawa to Guam. These negotiations are without input from the indigenous people of Guam. In order to accomplish this massive build-up, the U.S. military will require the importation of people to make the relocation possible. In other words, the build-up includes a projected population increase by some 80,000 people in 2014. This constitutes a 45% increase from Guam’s current population of 180,000 people…” And I have learned “mata’pang” used to mean “proud and brave” in Chamorro language from the links. I want to say “don’t give up to tell the truths!” to “mata’pang” people of the island via your blog, my Earthling friend.
“Umm, Speaker Won Pat, in the past at least, Chamorro mothers actually gave birth to their children. And if they couldn’t take care of them, their families did. At least that’s what Guam USED to be.” (Source: Tim Rohr, Esperansa Project)
This statement is not borne out by the historical record. It is false.
Yo’åmte are recorded to have provided abortifacient herbs. Mid-1700s documents record Chamorro abortions, one glossing abortion as a method “to save them from subjugation by the Spanish.” Abortion methods have also been recorded in many other traditional Micronesian island societies. (Source: Don Rubenstein, “Culture in Court: Notes and Reflections on Abortion in Guam,” 1992.)
Traditional medicine in many other parts of the world is also well known to have provided for women to control their own reproduction. In the United States, abortion used to be — “in the past at least” — commonly referred to…
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