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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Posts tagged abortion

Apr 18 '14

Anonymous asked:

I have to write a speech for a debate that is pretty much taking the pro-choice viewpoint. It is about keeping the laws how they are now and showing how changing those laws would be a disaster. I am pro-choice myself so it isn't very difficult. Do you have any major points you suggest I make? (i.e. rape, incest, risk pregnancies)

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

It sounds like you’re on the right track. Might I suggest you look at it from just a slight different angle? In many states/provinces/countries the laws, though making abortion legal, still are quite preventative. I would argue that the laws should make abortion more accessible and should be changed in a positive way such as that, rather than stay the same.
-Emily

Yeah, changing the current laws would be GREAT, actually. Forced ultrasounds, waiting periods, parental consent/notification, hospital admitting privileges, outdated regulations on medication abortion…it’s not a good situation.

Anon should check out the Guttmacher Institute for current laws and statistics! Abortion these days is really about access, not legality.

Apr 16 '14

Abortion clinic escort Katie Klabusich talks about the harassment outside clinics, buffer zones, and the recent surge in anti-abortion legislation.

Segment starts at 20:05.

Apr 16 '14
Apr 15 '14
When Women Take to the Sea to Provide Abortions:

The documentary Vessel begins starkly, with the reveal of a typed plea from a woman in Morocco in 2012. Her words are full of desperation: she needs to get an abortion but the procedure is illegal in her country. She is writing to an organization founded by Dutch OBGYN Dr. Rebecca Gomperts that helps women access the abortion pill in countries where abortion is illegal or extremely difficult to access.
Our first shot of Dr. Gomperts is of her racing down the stairs and outside into a loud, angry crowd of anti-abortion protesters in Morocco. They circle around her, screaming in her face, and pulling at her body. In the midst of it all, she administers and distributes paperwork that explains how women can get a hold of and take a pill that will most likely result in an abortion. It is this story—one of the desperation that illegal abortion causes and Dr. Gomperts’ tireless mission to help women access abortion in untested and unlikely ways—that is the center of this intense, emotional, and inspiring film.

Find Women on Waves and their online service, Women on Web.

When Women Take to the Sea to Provide Abortions:

The documentary Vessel begins starkly, with the reveal of a typed plea from a woman in Morocco in 2012. Her words are full of desperation: she needs to get an abortion but the procedure is illegal in her country. She is writing to an organization founded by Dutch OBGYN Dr. Rebecca Gomperts that helps women access the abortion pill in countries where abortion is illegal or extremely difficult to access.

Our first shot of Dr. Gomperts is of her racing down the stairs and outside into a loud, angry crowd of anti-abortion protesters in Morocco. They circle around her, screaming in her face, and pulling at her body. In the midst of it all, she administers and distributes paperwork that explains how women can get a hold of and take a pill that will most likely result in an abortion. It is this story—one of the desperation that illegal abortion causes and Dr. Gomperts’ tireless mission to help women access abortion in untested and unlikely ways—that is the center of this intense, emotional, and inspiring film.

Find Women on Waves and their online service, Women on Web.

Apr 15 '14
Apr 15 '14

Anonymous asked:

I have an abortion scheduled on Saturday. Is it wrong/bad for me to want a picture from the ultrasound? I don't know why I do really. Also I'm really scared there will be picketers there. I have terrible anxiety and even though my SO is taking me and I will have headphones, just knowing they're there is terrifying.

provoicesupportblog:

Many women choose to see their ultrasound, and even keep the picture (I have mine). Its not weird at all. This is a private and unique experience happening to you and you feel free to do whatever it is you need to feel comfortable, safe, and at peace. Picketers can be so scary, you don’t deserve to go through that. I’m glad your SO will be with you giving you the support you deserve. Headphones are a great idea, maybe even close yours eyes, and park closest to the door. I wish I could magically zap them away for you. I hope it all goes/went well. Take good care of yourself -Kate

Apr 15 '14

Consent, bodily autonomy, and abortion

choosechoice:

An oft’ repeated argument by the anti-abortion sect is that “consent to sex is consent to pregnancy”. This ignores the concept of ongoing consent. When an action is not a single action, but an ongoing situation, it requires ongoing consent. I know the application of this concept to pregnancy is one not often considered, but it is fully applicable. 

So let’s break this down into the simplest form I can produce- a basic syllogism. 

  1. Does an ongoing action, condition or situation require ongoing consent? The law and common sense say yes. 
  2. Is pregnancy an ongoing condition, action or situation? Yes. 
  3. Therefore,  pregnancy requires ongoing consent. 

So even if the action of sexual intercourse itself is consent to pregnancy (which I personally disagree with, but that is not the topic at hand) the action of continuing to stay pregnant requires ongoing consent. If that consent is withdrawn, so too must the action of continuing to stay pregnant end. 

A parallel I have used in the past is the one most commonly associated with the concept of ongoing consent: sex. If my SO and I are getting sexy, and I decide, for whatever reason, be it convinience, mental state, health-related, my period, or just not feeling it any more, that I don’t want to continue having sex, and I communicate this to him, he is obliged to stop. If he does not, that is rape. 

According to the logic that anti-abortion types use, because I consented before the sexual experience began, I have no right withdrawing that consent in the middle of the sexual experience. Any logical, feeling person will see how that is not okay. Pregnancy is ongoing. And for pregnancy to continue, my consent must also continue. 

Apr 14 '14

provoice:

I know I say this a lot, but I am so so happy to know that there are other religious voices who support choice. And I’m relieved to know that secular voices welcome us with open arms.

So many people are pro-choice not in spite of, but because of their faith, and it’s so inspiring to read their words. I’m not religious, but I truly admire work they do in their communities centering on their faith.

And honestly, what are the numbers? Almost 75% of abortion patients are Christian or otherwise religious. More abortions patients identify as religious than not! Clearly, there’s a huge need for spiritual support and connection.

Apr 14 '14
Apr 12 '14

Anonymous asked:

Can you get a normal abortion when you have an ectopic pregnancy?

thewaitingplatypus:

bebinn:

(For those who don’t know, an ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg implants and starts growing somewhere other than the uterus - usually in one of the fallopian tubes. This can cause serious health problems, such as internal bleeding, rupture of the tubes, fertility issues, and, if not treated, death.)

There are two ways to treat an ectopic pregnancy: medication known as methotrexate, or surgery. Methotrexate is sometimes used in regular medication abortions to stop cell growth, which prevents the rupturing and internal bleeding that occur if the embryo grows too large. It’s given in a single shot or a series of injections, and doctors monitor the patient’s hormone levels over a period of days to make sure it worked. As far as I can tell, this is usually what doctors try first.

If a patient is already showing dangerous symptoms, the fastest way to end an ectopic pregnancy is to remove it surgically. There are a few ways surgeons can go about this, and it sometimes meaning removing part of the fallopian tube, which affects the patient’s future ability to get pregnant.

The medical definition of abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, so removing an ectopic pregnancy is an abortion. You’ll find a lot of confusion about the issue in the pro-life community, though. Some believe women shouldn’t get treatment, but either wait for a miscarriage or pray for a miracle. Some believe that since it’s a life-saving procedure on a pregnancy that isn’t viable, it’s not an abortion. They don’t seem so generous toward those with nonviable later pregnancies, but we don’t really expect consistency from them anyway.

Hope this answered your question!

Keep in mind that using methotrexate means that the pregnant individual will have to make at least three visits over the course of a month. If the methotrexate fails the first time and the pregnant person doesn’t go back, well… You can imagine. 

A surgery is a one-time, one visit thing.

The reason I am bringing this up is because, where I live, a lot of people experience severe financial/transportation constraints and will often opt for the methotrexate because it is cheaper. However, due to financial constraints or whatever, they do not attend all three (minimum) visits to verify that the ectopic pregnancy has been terminated. 

Doctors will contact the pregnant person and tell them that they need to come in for their next methotrexate appointment, but sometimes they cannot get in contact with the pregnant person.

Long short short, if you are going to have trouble attending all of your methotrexate appointments, opt for the surgery instead. 

<3

Thank you, that’s really helpful to know!

Apr 12 '14

Anonymous asked:

Can you get a normal abortion when you have an ectopic pregnancy?

(For those who don’t know, an ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg implants and starts growing somewhere other than the uterus - usually in one of the fallopian tubes. This can cause serious health problems, such as internal bleeding, rupture of the tubes, fertility issues, and, if not treated, death.)

There are two ways to treat an ectopic pregnancy: medication known as methotrexate, or surgery. Methotrexate is sometimes used in regular medication abortions to stop cell growth, which prevents the rupturing and internal bleeding that occur if the embryo grows too large. It’s given in a single shot or a series of injections, and doctors monitor the patient’s hormone levels over a period of days to make sure it worked. As far as I can tell, this is usually what doctors try first.

If a patient is already showing dangerous symptoms, the fastest way to end an ectopic pregnancy is to remove it surgically. There are a few ways surgeons can go about this, and it sometimes meaning removing part of the fallopian tube, which affects the patient’s future ability to get pregnant.

The medical definition of abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, so removing an ectopic pregnancy is an abortion. You’ll find a lot of confusion about the issue in the pro-life community, though. Some believe women shouldn’t get treatment, but either wait for a miscarriage or pray for a miracle. Some believe that since it’s a life-saving procedure on a pregnancy that isn’t viable, it’s not an abortion. They don’t seem so generous toward those with nonviable later pregnancies, but we don’t really expect consistency from them anyway.

Hope this answered your question!

Apr 12 '14
Apr 12 '14
Anti-Choice Bingo!
[h/t @ClinicVest]

Anti-Choice Bingo!

[h/t @ClinicVest]

Apr 12 '14

yosam83 asked:

Hey, just took a look at your blog. I ranted about abortion on yahoo a while ago, and the article might be a good fit for your blog because it compromises just a little and doesn't have anything to do with the usual arguments. You can search for Jeffrey_Joslin on yahoo or just check out my blog. Thanks.

No. A man’s opinions on abortion being the result of “weakness” and “immaturity” is literally the last thing on earth I care about. That is exactly the usual Begrudgingly Pro-Choice argument, and it’s bullshit. People who get abortions don’t need pity or condescension, and they definitely don’t need some psuedo-intellectual pontification on an embryo’s potential while their own potential and existence is, as usual, completely ignored.

Thanks for ticking the ballot, but sorry, I’m just not impressed.

If you want to learn more about being a pro-choice ally, you can look through my #support and #stigma tags, read through my Abortion Experiences page, and maybe explore Exhale’s Pro Voice statement. Every abortion is different.

Apr 12 '14

Clinic escorting

I’ve been seeing this misconception a lot on Tumblr and wanted to clear things up.

Abortion clinic escorts are not there to argue with or yell at protestors. Clinic escorts generally don’t interact with protestors except to calmly and politely enforce buffer zones, and keep them from physically blocking patients. They’re there to keep patients and families safe and calm with small talk, and to act as a barrier between them and the more invasive, harassing protestors.

I just see a good number of responses to clinic escorting posts that are like, “YEAH, I’m gonna go volunteer to start shit!” which is, like, the last thing patients need at that moment.