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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Jun 29 '14

Bébinn Is On Hiatus!

From July through December, I’ll be working at a demanding music therapy internship, with no time to blog about reproductive justice. I fully intend to return in January, but until then, this how you can use what’s already here:

  • The Navigation page will take you to virtually any pro-choice, reproductive health, or reproductive justice topic, and the Resources page has lots of information on all your options.
  • The Science! page and #science tags are great for debunking anti-abortion myths and learning more about reproductive health research
  • If you have questions about or need support in seeking an abortion, everything I know (funds, hotlines, procedures, clinics, and more) is in the links at the top of the page. Considering Abortion? may be the most useful.
  • My side blog, Expose CPCs, will also be quiet during this time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to spread the word about deceptive anti-abortion centers!
  • While I have terrible willpower, I don’t intend to check my Tumblr while I’m working. If you have a question that needs an immediate answer, someone in People I Follow may be able to help you.
  • Please read and consider reblogging the following posts! Stay informed and look out for each other.

Resources for Decision-Making and Low-Income Parenting

Supportive, Nonjudgmental Pregnancy Counseling Hotlines

Abortion Procedures

Methods of Illegal Abortion

Abortion Funds

Judicial Bypass for Minors

$10 off Plan B/Emergency Contraception

How to Identify Crisis Pregnancy Centers

The Seven Most Common Lies About Abortion

A huge thank you to all my followers who stick with me until the winter, and thanks to everyone else who reads and shares. See you next year!

Jun 29 '14

rosesandspiders asked:

What are CPC pages?

agadorspirintablets:

oh-snap-pro-choice:

Crisis Pregnancy Centres are pro life centres that trick and manipulate people looking for abortions. They often give things like abortion causes cancer, and depression, as facts, and have been known to lure people in with ultrasounds then steal their clothes and refuse to give them back until they promise never to get an abortion.
CPC pages are just Facebook pages of these various centres
-Ash

They also help out protesters by sending their own, providing refuge for supplies, and raising money.

Exposing Fake Clinics (a page by NARAL Pro-Choice) and Expose CPCs (mine) have more information and examples.

Jun 28 '14
"The narrative around any act of anti-abortion violence quickly turns to talk of lone wolves, sick individuals acting outside the parameters and without any support or encouragement from “mainstream” or “nonviolent” organizations. Again and again, however, perpetrators of violence and extreme acts of harassment are shown to be directly connected to the same network of people and organizations."

Adding Cubs to the Pack of Lone Wolves

Anti-abortion terrorism is not an anomaly. Fill people with talk of “baby killers,” “whores,” and “enemies of God” from the time they are born, teach them to mercilessly terrorize patients and staff, and murder is nothing more than the inevitable endgame.

(via bebinn)

To make this absolutely clear: Operation Rescue has been connected with multiple acts of anti-abortion violence and terrorism. A member of the group was the plaintiff in the recent Supreme Court buffer zone case (McCullen v. Coakley). And they won.

Jun 28 '14
"Defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express."
Jun 27 '14

prochoice-or-gtfo:

howprolifeofyou:

oh-snap-pro-choice:

prochoice-or-gtfo:

provoice:

protego-et-servio:

prochoice-or-gtfo:

I kind of want to have a group Skype call sometime with other prochoicers. Like, everyone just get a glass of wine (if you’re legal) or whatever and just gab. That would make me so happy.

I won’t videochat…

I would be up for this!
-Ash

me too, even if it’s just text chat!

If y’all could send me your Skype handles via ask/fanmail, I’ll amass a list and then send it out once it’s compiled!  We can arrange a date and time from there.  How does that sound?

I’m about to go inactive until January, but if the timing works out I’d love to meet everyone!

Jun 27 '14

antiprolife:

bebinn:

your-lies-ruin-lives:

Cultureshift said that the difference between prochoice and prolife are stark. And he’s right. 

They have an entire page documenting how much they value life.. and we… don’t. ;) 

And here I was finding all the mugshots of the doctor-killers and clinic-bombers…

I love the way Cultureshift thinks one image of angry pro-choice protesters and one image of smiling pro-life protesters shows oh how very different the two movements are.

Like, really? As if there aren’t pictures of angry pro-lifers or smiling pro-choicers? (And as if pro-choicers don’t have valid reason to be angry…)

I think it’s funny how conservatives get so excited about how much prettier (and in cultureshift’s posts, more benign-looking) “their” women are.

Something about valuing women who prioritize and adhere to their assigned gender roles over those who don’t…

Jun 27 '14

your-lies-ruin-lives:

Cultureshift said that the difference between prochoice and prolife are stark. And he’s right. 

They have an entire page documenting how much they value life.. and we… don’t. ;) 

And here I was finding all the mugshots of the doctor-killers and clinic-bombers…

Jun 27 '14

ombreh asked:

My mother views pregnancy as beautiful since she loved her own experience. She also worked as a pre-natal nurse and witnessed all the uglyness of pregnancy. She still thinks it's a beautiful thing, but she knows it can get ugly on a whim. She never knew about pro-life and pro-choice before I told her. She's horrified at the thought of banning abortion. My mother, who saved babies for over 25 years, is pro-choice.

culture-of-choice:

right-of-life:

culture-of-choice:

right-of-life:

culture-of-choice:

right-of-life:

culture-of-choice:

It’s amazing how many people in the medical profession are pro-choice.

I love the little lists these pro-lifers make, compiling pro-life doctors. There’s like…what, four or five hundred on there? Not sure. Out of how many doctors in the country? Hah.

I have spoken to a family friend who happens to be a doctor. He told me that he believes many medical professionals to be pro-choice because they have seen what can go wrong, and believe the choice is up to the person dealing with the situation. He obviously cannot speak for everyone. But I still thought it was a valid opinion.

I see a lot of pro-lifers talking about how you should never go to an OB/GYN who is not pro-life. Which is just nuts to me. Like somehow a pro-choice doctor will value a patient less than a pro-life one. I actually believe the reverse - I think the pro-life doctor will care more about the fetus, no matter what state its in, than the patient. 

Pregnancy is what YOU make it. If it’s beautiful to you, fantastic. If it’s scary, that’s just as valid. No telling people how to feel just because you feel that way.

Your mom sounds awesome.

I hope to eventually become a doctor, and I am leaning towards OBGYN or neonatologist. If I am an OBGYN, I am well within my rights to refuse to perform an abortion. (Abortion and miscarriage are NOT the same thing). However, it is not my place as a professional to act with my personal beliefs in mind. If a patient wants an abortion, they will have to go somewhere else to get one but I will not go by the term “pro-life doctor”. I am pro-life, but as a doctor, my beliefs are not an aspect of patient care.

But hopefully by that time, abortion will be much more rare than it is now:)

Here’s the thing.

If an OB/GYN does not wish to perform an abortion, I am not about to try and force them. I think it is terrible decision making to go into a field knowing full-well that you’ll be put in that situation, but that is, of course, your call.

The problem I have is not necessarily that an OB/GYN would refuse to perform an abortion; the problem I have is the methods by which a pro-life OB/GYN may convince a woman to carry out a dangerous pregnancy because they do not approve of an abortion.

I think as a professional, it is the OBGYN’s job to offer the woman all of her legal options and let her take it from there.

It is terribly refreshing to see a pro-lifer acknowledge the importance of unbiased medical counseling. However, please understand that you are representing the VERY FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.

There are many, many pro-life individuals who would do anything to prevent a woman from terminating her pregnancy. This gets particularly dangerous in the medical field, as many pregnant people do not have the medical expertise to know whether their pro-life doctor is being fully honest with their possibly dangerous pregnancy. There have been situations like this, and people have died as a result.

If every pro-life OB/GYN were open to unbiased medical counseling, and able to provide a referral should the pregnant person in question want an abortion, I’d be just dandy. Unfortunately, I do not think this is a reality; nor do I think it ever will be.

Could you direct me to the sources of when women died or almost died from biased medical care? Thank you!

The most obvious one was the case of Savita Halappanavar. She died due to the pro-life views of both the country and her medical professionals.

I would also like to highlight another reblog that I’m confident you saw already:

Bear in mind that Oklahoma, (and possibly other states) has passed laws that make it legal for a doctor or other health professional to LIE to a woman if they fear she will have an abortion.  For example, a doctor can say the fetus is perfectly normal when he knows it will be born with defects, or lie and say the defect is easily treatable when they know it is profoundly life-changing or lethal.  They can lie to a woman about the effects to her body and her life if the pregnancy is continued. This law was REQUESTED by pro-life doctor, who wanted to avoid the professional and legal consequences of putting their own ideology above the health, life, and interests of their patient.

I should have brought this  up myself but it slipped my mind. This is very true and very scary - medical professionals are now legally permitted to lie to their patients if they so choose. This is a scary advantage for pro-life OB/GYNs.

Angela Carder, Kathleen Prieskorn, “Janet,” Tumblr user kerbiemarie, Beatriz in El Salvador, Mikki Kendall, Tamesha Meansthis Catholic hospital’s employee…which means there are countless others whose stories have never been publicized.

Jun 27 '14
mediamattersforamerica:

prochoiceamerica:




The Supreme Court justices will issue a decision on a 35-foot clinic buffer zone in Massachusetts soon, from safely behind their own buffer zone. 

Today the Supreme Court decided to strike down buffer zones around women’s health clinics in Massachusetts, which have protected women and clinic workers from threats and violence from anti-choice protesters for years now. Oh, the hypocrisy…

mediamattersforamerica:

prochoiceamerica:

The Supreme Court justices will issue a decision on a 35-foot clinic buffer zone in Massachusetts soon, from safely behind their own buffer zone. 

Today the Supreme Court decided to strike down buffer zones around women’s health clinics in Massachusetts, which have protected women and clinic workers from threats and violence from anti-choice protesters for years now. Oh, the hypocrisy…

Jun 26 '14
Jun 24 '14
pro-choice-or-no-voice:

To start off Birth Control Appreciation Day, I decided to make an informative masterpost on contraceptives! I hope this helps anyone who may want more information on their birth control or someone trying to decide what kind of birth control is best for themselves! Happy (birth control) hunting! - Paige
DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL:
Birth Control Pills - [x] [x]
Mini Pill (Progesterone-only Pill) -  [x]
The Patch (Ortho Evra) - [x] [x]
The Shot (Depo-Provera) - [x] [x]
Birth Control Sponge - [x] [x]
Vaginal Ring (Nuva Ring) - [x] [x]
Spermicide - [x] [x]
Implant (Implanon and Nexplanon) - [x] [x]
IUDs (Mirena, Skyla, and ParaGard) - [x] [x]
Condoms (Male and Female) - [x]
Withdrawal (Pullout Method) - [x] [x]
Diaphragm - [x] [x]
Breastfeeding - [x]
Cervical Cap - [x] [x]
Sterilization (Male and Female) - [x]
Abstinence - [x] [x]
Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FAMs) - [x] [x]
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL:
Do certain medications make my birth control less effective?
Can I delay or eliminate my period with my birth control?
Will my pregnancy tests come out with an accurate result while I’m on birth control?
Can I use several birth control pills at once in replace of an emergency contraceptive?
Does birth control cause weight gain?
What should I do if I miss a pill?
What should I do if the condom breaks or slips off inside of me?
If I’m on the ring or the patch and I forget to replace it on the right day, do I need to use backup?
I’ve heard that the birth control ring can pop out. What should I do if this happens?
Can birth control increase my risk of getting cancer?
Can you change your mind after having a tubal ligation or vasectomy?
Is it normal to spot or bleed in between periods while on birth control?
Does certain hormonal birth controls affect my blood pressure?
Can being overweight affect my birth control’s effectiveness?
Can certain birth controls lower my libido?
EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVES:
Types of EC: Plan B / Ella / ParaGard IUD - [x] [x]
What are emergency contraceptives?
How do they work?
How well does it work?
What are the side effects?
When should I take an emergency contraceptive?
Are emergency contraceptives less effective the heavier you are?
If I am under the age of 18 in the US, can I buy emergency contraceptives without my parent’s knowledge or consent?
If I take an emergency contraceptive today, am I covered if I have unprotected sex tomorrow?
Will taking emergency contraceptives too many times affect my fertility?
To find more questions and answers about emergency contraceptives, you can go here.
Información anticonceptivos de emergencia es disponible en Español, aquí.
OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES AND/OR CERTAIN PREFERENCES:
Condoms for people with latex allergies.
Condoms for vegans. [x] [x] [x]
Other vegan contraceptive options.
Different types of birth control without estrogen.
Contraceptives without any hormones.
Birth control methods that are useful to people with religious concerns. [x] [x]
OTHER BENEFITS OF TAKING BIRTH CONTROL:
Taking oral contraceptives can help lower the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer.
Using birth control helps treat acne.
Birth control can help treat the pain caused by Endomitriosis.
Contraceptives offer relief to people with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
Anemia can be avoided/treated by using birth control.
Irregular periods can become more regulated by using birth control.
The pill can lead to fewer ectopic pregnancies.
MYTHS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL (All the myths below are dispelled through the links given):
Emergency contraceptives and birth control pills cause abortions.
Free contraceptives and/or condoms makes people participate in risky sexual behavior.
The pill makes you gain a lot of weight.
Douching after sex prevents pregnancy.
You have to start your birth control on a Sunday.
Taking the pill for a long time can make you infertile.
Hormonal contraceptives protect you from contracting STIs.
You don’t need to be on birth control while breastfeeding.
I won’t get pregnant my first time having sex.
The Pill is effective immediately after you take it.
I won’t get pregnant if I shower or pee after sex.
My body needs a rest from birth control at least once a year.
Emergency contraceptives are affected by alcohol.

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

To start off Birth Control Appreciation Day, I decided to make an informative masterpost on contraceptives! I hope this helps anyone who may want more information on their birth control or someone trying to decide what kind of birth control is best for themselves! Happy (birth control) hunting! - Paige

DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL:
  • Birth Control Pills - [x] [x]
  • Mini Pill (Progesterone-only Pill) -  [x]
  • The Patch (Ortho Evra) - [x] [x]
  • The Shot (Depo-Provera) - [x] [x]
  • Birth Control Sponge - [x] [x]
  • Vaginal Ring (Nuva Ring) - [x] [x]
  • Spermicide - [x] [x]
  • Implant (Implanon and Nexplanon) - [x] [x]
  • IUDs (Mirena, Skyla, and ParaGard) - [x] [x]
  • Condoms (Male and Female) - [x]
  • Withdrawal (Pullout Method) - [x] [x]
  • Diaphragm - [x] [x]
  • Breastfeeding - [x]
  • Cervical Cap - [x] [x]
  • Sterilization (Male and Female) - [x]
  • Abstinence - [x] [x]
  • Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FAMs) - [x] [x]
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL:
EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVES:
OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES AND/OR CERTAIN 
PREFERENCES
:
OTHER BENEFITS OF TAKING BIRTH CONTROL:
MYTHS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL (All the myths below are dispelled 
through the links given):
Jun 24 '14

More on Birth Control!

For information, news, and stories about some of the different methods, you can always check my tags:

#birth control

#contraception

#condom

#emergency contraception and #Plan B

#implant

#iud

#sterilization

#pill

Jun 24 '14

ppaction:

The Affordable Care Act’s preventive care benefit guarantees no-cost birth control in every plan. Here’s how you can get it. (via Cosmo)

Jun 24 '14

Method Monday: The Shot

bedsider:

image

The star of today’s Method Monday show is the shot, a.k.a. Depo Provera. Our favorite things about this method: It’s easy to use and totally discreet if you want to keep your birth control private. It may or may not have an English accent. And it definitely makes us think of Pat Benatar.

Want to learn more?

To use the shot, the only thing you need to remember is to go to your provider every three months—and we’ve got appointment reminders to help with that. And if you think going to your provider is an even bigger pain than the shot itself you may want to look into DIY Depo (yep, you guessed it—you do it yourself).

Think the shot’s got a good thing going on? Show your support by “liking” it on our Facebook Method Explorer and/or tell us about your experience in the comments!

Jun 24 '14
"By United Nations estimates, 215 million women worldwide have an “unmet need” for family planning, meaning they don’t want to become pregnant but are not using effective contraception. The Guttmacher Institute, a widely respected research organization, estimates that if all the unmet need for contraception were met, the result would be 94,000 fewer women dying of pregnancy complications each year, and almost 25 million fewer abortions each year."
“Mothers We Could Save” by Nicholas Kristof. Which you should read all of. (via yesmeansyes)