Why do we have an abortion rate 20% higher than France’s (and more than twice as high as Germany’s), especially considering most doctors here won’t perform them? The answer is any country that has universal health care, where contraception is free, where child care is free or inexpensive, where there is less poverty because people don’t become bankrupt over medical bills — those societies are simply going to have fewer unplanned and unwanted pregnancies.

And there the mask gets pulled off the Bart Stupaks and the “Christians.” If the statistics show that countries with government-provided universal health care and nearly-free abortions are, in fact, the countries with the fewest abortions, then why on earth wouldn’t the Right be the first in line to support universal health care?

Because it isn’t about “universal health care.” It’s about controlling women, period. It’s about sticking your nose in other people’s business. It’s about pushing your religious beliefs on everyone else because voices in your head tell you your Jesus is The One — even though your Jesus never said one single solitary word in any of the four gospels of the Bible about abortion or fertilized eggs being human. You’ve just gone and made it up about “life beginning at conception.” Jesus never said that. The little voice in your head said that, the same little voice that wants your grubby paws on women’s uteruses. You need help. Please get some help and leave the rest of us alone, Mr. Stupak and friends.



“I am so sorry,” the young woman said with compassion, and nudged the tissues closer. Then, after a moment’s pause, she told me reluctantly about the new Texas sonogram law that had just come into effect. I’d already heard about it. The law passed last spring but had been suppressed by legal injunction until two weeks earlier.

My counselor said that the law required me to have another ultrasound that day, and that I was legally obligated to hear a doctor describe my baby. I’d then have to wait 24 hours before coming back for the procedure. She said that I could either see the sonogram or listen to the baby’s heartbeat, adding weakly that this choice was mine.

“I don’t want to have to do this at all,” I told her. “I’m doing this to prevent my baby’s suffering. I don’t want another sonogram when I’ve already had two today. I don’t want to hear a description of the life I’m about to end. Please,” I said, “I can’t take any more pain.” I confess that I don’t know why I said that. I knew it was fait accompli. The counselor could no more change the government requirement than I could. Yet here was a superfluous layer of torment piled upon an already horrific day, and I wanted this woman to know it.

“We Have No Choice: One Woman’s Ordeal with Texas’ New Sonogram Law” by Carolyn Jones in The Texas Observer. Today marks the 40th anniversary of Roe V. Wade. Jones will be on the show today to talk about her experience and the series of articles she wrote for the Observer about the changing landscape of women’s health and family planning regulation. (via nprfreshair)

sevenpoints:

captainragtag:

hey what if someone invented a machine that allowed women to transfer their pregnancies to men and then the government passed a law that if a woman didn’t want to have a baby the biological father was required to carry it how fast do you think birth control would stop being an issue

“IT’S UNETHICAL TO FORCE PEOPLE TO CARRY A BABY!!!!” MEN SHOUT

“NO FUCKING SHIT!!!!” WOMEN REPLY


‎I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.

Sister Joan Chittister, Catholic Nun (via timehasflewn)

holy shit i love this quote

(via glitter-femin1sts)

I vote we stop using the term “pro-life” and change to “pro-birth”, and every time someone asks “What does that mean?”, you can explain this and the other racialized, classist, misogynist, body policing, rape culture reinforcing bullshit behind “pro-life” dogma.

(via lebanesepoppyseed)

This is why I also love the term “anti-choice” – you aren’t pro-life, you’re anti me having the choice of whether or not I will be pregnant. Much of today’s GOP is pro-life ‘til the birth canal ends.

(via cognitivedissonance)


jonathan-cunningham:

If you oppose abortion, the smartest thing you can do is to promote contraceptives. 

jonathan-cunningham:

If you oppose abortion, the smartest thing you can do is to promote contraceptives. 


Forcing a woman to wait three days and consult with some asshole trying to convince her not to abort will not change the fact that that woman does not want to have a child. Even if it changes her mind about terminating the pregnancy, it doesn’t change whatever circumstances brought her to an abortion clinic in the first place. She’ll still walk out just as devoid of choices, just as un- or underemployed, just as broke, just as in debt, just as uninsured, just as lacking daycare, just as unable to care for herself and/or her existing children, just as in need of medication that she can’t take while pregnant, just as enmeshed in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, just the same as she was when she walked in. She’ll just have been guilted into making sacrifices she doesn’t want to make, to honor someone else’s mistaken perceptions about her morality.

Texas Women are Crossing the Border... For Abortions: Austinist →

In the past year, Texas women watched as lawmakers slashed funding for family planning and passed the “Sonogram Law” which, you may recall, forces women seeking abortions to undergo a sonogram a full 24 hours before the procedure. In retrospect, the 2011 legislative session basically operated as a reminder to Texas women that while we can have babies, we can’t have a voice.

Now, in reaction to the lack of available family planning resources, New American Media is reporting on women in Texas border towns who travel to Mexico to obtain Misoprostol (also known as Cytotec), an ulcer medication that, when taken in high doses, can terminate unwanted pregnancies in the first nine weeks. The drug works quickly, is (relatively) cheap and available without a prescription.


shooting4myownhand:

stfuconservatives:

oh-deir submitted: “Yup, this is real. Those godless liberal hippies just love saving cute baby seals and killing babies, so let’s turn the tables! Aren’t we so clever? The “well, how would you feel if you were aborted?” argument is just getting lamer and lamer.”
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Truth! - unless it’s the truth about abortion and how to prevent it, in which case, lies - Liberty! - unless you want to liberty to not be forced to give birth - Compassion! - but only for fetuses, not for living people or their existing children, and not for any poor people ever, because government handouts are evil - and LIFE! - unless, of course, you’re pregnant, in which case you deserve to die from an illegal abortion. Woo! Pro-“life”!

Can I make a facebook group “As a former fetus, I support the right to choose.”

YES YOU CAN.

shooting4myownhand:

stfuconservatives:

oh-deir submitted: “Yup, this is real. Those godless liberal hippies just love saving cute baby seals and killing babies, so let’s turn the tables! Aren’t we so clever? The “well, how would you feel if you were aborted?” argument is just getting lamer and lamer.”

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Truth! - unless it’s the truth about abortion and how to prevent it, in which case, lies - Liberty! - unless you want to liberty to not be forced to give birth - Compassion! - but only for fetuses, not for living people or their existing children, and not for any poor people ever, because government handouts are evil - and LIFE! - unless, of course, you’re pregnant, in which case you deserve to die from an illegal abortion. Woo! Pro-“life”!

Can I make a facebook group “As a former fetus, I support the right to choose.”

YES YOU CAN.


historicalslut:

mmouthbreather:

This is not murder.This times 6 million is not the HolocaustThis time 50 million is not the HolocaustA clump of cells smaller than your pinky finger cannot experience pain or fear.A fetus is not hunted down, terrorized, starved, and tortured before it is aborted.
If you compare a fetus being aborted to the Holocaust, you are spitting on every person who died in a concentration camp, and ever Rroma hunted down and murdered, as most weren’t even deemed worthy of imprisoning. Your racism is showing, and it’s fucking disgusting. 

That fact we have to keep fucking reminding people of this is sickening.

historicalslut:

mmouthbreather:

This is not murder.
This times 6 million is not the Holocaust
This time 50 million is not the Holocaust

A clump of cells smaller than your pinky finger cannot experience pain or fear.
A fetus is not hunted down, terrorized, starved, and tortured before it is aborted.

If you compare a fetus being aborted to the Holocaust, you are spitting on every person who died in a concentration camp, and ever Rroma hunted down and murdered, as most weren’t even deemed worthy of imprisoning. 
Your racism is showing, and it’s fucking disgusting. 

That fact we have to keep fucking reminding people of this is sickening.


angrywomenoftumblr:

uncuthairofgraves:

stuffproliferssay:

saturniinae:

someone
anyone
please take me away from the Michigan GOP Facebook page

“Liberals are retarted.” -Pro-life compassion for persons with disabilities. 

“aborted baby sized tampon”


I don’t understand this hard-and-fast connection between having aborted babies lodged in your vagina and AIDS. Why are these people so completely out of touch with reality?

angrywomenoftumblr:

uncuthairofgraves:

stuffproliferssay:

saturniinae:

someone

anyone

please take me away from the Michigan GOP Facebook page

“Liberals are retarted.” -Pro-life compassion for persons with disabilities. 

“aborted baby sized tampon”

I don’t understand this hard-and-fast connection between having aborted babies lodged in your vagina and AIDS. Why are these people so completely out of touch with reality?


ihaveabsolutelynoidea:

thetruthinator:

Liberal logic: female empowerment is the ability to end the life of your child rather than give your child life.

no

female empowerment is eating the still beating heart of your newborn using chopsticks whittled from the femur of the man who got you pregnant


eastafrodite:

“I only believe in abortions in cases of rape.”

Can we take a second to analyze this statement?

If you were truly “pro-life”, you would value the fetus no matter what circumstance it was conceived through. What you’re actually more concerned with is whether or not the pregnant person’s sex life abides by your personal set of morals.


In media reports on women’s issues—abortion, birth control, Planned Parenthood—men are quoted around five times more than women, a new study shows →

rabbleprochoice:

stfusexists:

Shocker. 

Because if there is one thing that is severely lacking when it comes to abortion and reproductive rights, it’s a man’s opinion.

Not like we just had an entire panel of (religious) men testify to congress about birth control use and how they oppose it…and no women…at all.

Love,

Rabble


(Trigger warning: rape, racism) Rape is bad. No one’s denying that, but that doesn’t mean you should be allowed to punish a child by aborting it. When it comes to having your body used against your will, wouldn’t you rather it be a baby than some brown person in a ski mask?

Michelle Bachmann speech at a battered women’s shelter in Winterport, ME (2009) (via moonscoops)

WOOWWWWWWWWWWWW.