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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:
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!
What are CPC pages?
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
They also help out protesters by sending their own, providing refuge for supplies, and raising money.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 Means, this Catholic hospital’s employee…which means there are countless others whose stories have never been publicized.
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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?
- You can see real people talk about their experiences with the shot in our Real Stories section, or on our YouTube channel.
- Some scary headlines recently raised an alert about a study showing a connection between Depo use and HIV transmission, but there’s actually no reason to think that shot users in the U.S. should be worried. That said, the shot doesn’t protect against STIs so you still need condoms for that!
- It tends to make your period lighter or non-existent. Which may seem weird but is actually totally safe. And, if you hate getting your period, potentially awesome.
- The shot tops the list of secret methods of birth control. Of course we think a perfect world would involve everyone being able to be open about their method of choice, but for those who can’t be, the shot can be a great option.
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!
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