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The Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas donated over $440,000 to Planned Parenthood South Texas this year, alongside other generous donations to dozens of healthcare providers. PP South Texas operates eight clinics in three cities, providing general and reproductive care and referrals for all genders.
Since Planned Parenthood has been excluded from Texas’ women’s health program funding, I’m sure this donation was very much appreciated. Bless pro-choice Christians!
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.
Recently, I talked with Catholics for Choice about reproductive rights activism. They sent me some information on the state of contraception and abortion among American Catholics. Just how many Catholics in the U.S. use birth control or support legal abortion? Check out some of these statistics:
- 83 percent of sexually active Catholic women use a form of contraception that’s not approved by the Vatican.
- Fewer than 2 percent of sexually active Catholic women use a birth control method that’s approved by the Vatican.
- 69 percent of Catholic women have used the birth control pill, while nearly 90 percent have used condoms.
- In 2009, 63 percent of Catholics believed heath insurance plans should cover birth control.
- Nearly 70 percent of Catholics believe they don’t have a moral obligation to vote against a pro-choice political candidate.
- Almost 60 percent of Catholics support legal abortion in most cases, while 50 percent believe it should always be a decision made between a woman and her doctor.
- Nearly 90 percent of Catholics think abortion should be legal when a woman’s life is endangered, while more than 70 percent believe it should be legal when a pregnancy will cause long-term health risks and complications for the woman.
(source: Catholics for Choice, The Facts Tell the Story: Catholics and Choice)
lepus1’s Instagram has more videos of what goes on outside the abortion clinic every Saturday morning. This is what patients have to go through to get legal medical care in the United States.
Fucking creepy, invasive assholes.
To follow up on that last post, one of the sources I used in making my (sadly outdated) list of clinics in the US was an anti-abortion hit list. It won’t surprise you to learn they are quite thorough in outlining the location of just about every abortion provider on their website, complete with early-2000s gifs of dripping blood and shadowy images of Planned Parenthood’s logo over a concentration camp.
Pro-lifers say they don’t condone violence, but they know exactly what they’re doing. You can’t call people “cold-blooded baby killers,” “genocidal,” and “deathscorts,” hold gory, manipulated photos and tell grisly lies about the procedure, and label clinics “death camps” and “abortion mills” without expecting someone will take that next step. You can’t hold massive Christian “clinic sieges,” call prayer a weapon in your arsenal, glorify actual murderers, and encourage people to scream hysterically at patients and clinic staff and expect your more…devoted followers to leave it at that.
The pro-life movement is rampant with misogyny, racism, militant religious extremism, and a martyr complex. It’s the perfect recipe for domestic terrorism. Pro-lifers are unwilling to face the truth about what they unleash on innocent people and until they do, their reputation is justly deserved.
I swear not all Christians are bad most of us are really cool.
What am I supposed to do with this information?
Of course not all Christians are bad, one of the mods on this blog, Emily, is a christian and she’s awesome! - Paige
I just feel like once I acknowledge that obviously not all Christians are “bad,” people take that to mean they get a pass for belonging to an organized religion that has done and continues to do incomprehensibly fucked up things, and even for taking part in those fucked up things. Sorry, but no. I’m not really interested in who’s a “cool” Christian when a not-insignificant number of them are bullying, colonizing, and oppressing people who do things they don’t like.
Like, take it up with them, not me.
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