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Mar 24 '14
Mar 19 '14

Accessibility and Activism - A Work in Progress

I’m currently putting together some resources on disability and accessibility for a new local activist group against sexual violence. The group is dedicated to eradicating rape culture in our town, which means involving all parts of the community, including and - given the rates of victimization - especially people with disabilities.

My qualifications:

  • I do not have any disabilities (other than the rather negligible disability of terrible eyesight), though I spent two months in a wheelchair, then a month with a cane after breaking both my legs (I know. I know.)
  • Being a music therapy student, I’ve studied disability for four years in an academic setting

As you can see, I’m not coming from a place of personal expertise. However, I feel this is a very important issue for a “radical” activist group, and haven’t seen anyone else taking the initiative. I hope that by opening the conversation and making improvements, we can invite in people who have more experience and knowledge.

So, my request to you, fellow Tumblrers, is for your favorite disability bloggers and resources! In addition to WHO and ADA guidelines, I’ve read through the invaluable Access Culture, s.e. smith’s Norming Access and Disability Intersections, and a great article on accessibility in pagan rituals. I would very much appreciate any guidance, and intend to post what I’ve found on Tumblr when I’ve finished.

Please reblog or send me a message!

Feb 10 '14

This is messed up.

rhrealitycheck:

A mother found out that her twin sons—one of whom is blind and has autism, the other of whom is wheelchair-bound from cerebral palsy—were being seriously abused by their father and his girlfriend. When she refused to let her sons go back to that abusive home, a warrant went out for her arrest. Now, she needs your help.

Help Audre’y Eby save her sons.

This is a Sioux woman fighting to save her children from her ex-husband and his girlfriend, both of whom are white. Clearly, CPS favors the horrifically abusive white couple over the boys’ Native mother. Please spread the word and consider donating toward Eby’s court fees to gain custody of her sons.

Sep 2 '13
"Third, thinking about reproductive politics only in terms of abortion and the pro-choice/pro-life binary makes coalition building among disability and reproductive rights and justice activists more difficult. As [Andrea] Smith argues, the pro/anti binary fosters “simplistic analyses of who our political friends and enemies are,” which can lead us to “lose opportunities to work with people with whom we… have sharp disagreements, but who may, with different political framings and organizing strategies, shift their positions.” Smith’s warning strikes me as especially salient for the disability and reproductive rights relationship. Within the logic of the pro/anti abortion binary, anyone who expresses concern about particular abortion practices or rhetorics can too easily appear as an enemy of feminism and an opponent of reproductive rights. Reproductive rights activists are then wary of engaging with disability critiques of prenatal testing and selective abortion; within this context, to take up these critiques, seriously wrestling with the ableist implications of prenatal testing, feels dangerously close to dismantling abortion rights. Similarly, disability rights activists are wary of engaging with reproductive rights groups who continue to use disability as a justification for abortion; it can be hard to find common ground with organizations that take for granted the undesirability of disability. Reproductive justice approaches, which insist as much on the right to continue a pregnancy (and be supported in doing so) as the right to terminate one, offer one possible means of connection."

Alison Kafer, Feminist Queer Crip


This section is concluded with the following endnote: “The organization Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice offers a particularly compelling definition of reproductive justice, one that easily encompasses attention to disability: “We believe Reproductive Justice exists when all people have the social, political and economic power and resources to make healthy decisions about gender, bodies, sexuality and families for ourselves and our communities. Reproductive Justice aims to transform power inequalities and create long-term systemic change, and therefore relies on the leadership of communities most impacted by reproductive oppression. The reproductive justice framework recognizes that all individuals are part of families and communities and that our strategies must life up entire communities in order to support individuals.” Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice, accessed December 14, 2010”

(via moyazb)

(Source: repetition-is-holy)

Aug 17 '13

Only 27% of Polling Places are Accessible for Those with Disabilities

saveourrightsnow:

In the most recent study done by the United States Government Accountability Office, it shows that the number of accessible polling places have gone up. Before anyone starts rejoicing, it’s important to note that it only went up to 27%. This is up from the 16% the study found eight years prior. 

While the movement is going in the right direction, 27% is a shameful number when we’re talking about things as important as voting and accessibility. There is an estimated 33.7 million voter aged people with disabilities in the United States. These Americans are up against 22,000 polling places that are illegally inaccessible. Because of inaccessibility, disabled Americans are 20% more likely to stay at home on voting day than non-disabled Americans. 

Once again we find that with few exceptions, those with disabilities are more likely to vote for Democratic candidate as traditionally, the Democratic party has been more willing and more likely to work for and work with disabled people.

During every election, all eligible Americans should be at their polling place. It’s imperative that we keep early voting, make all voting places accessible and continue to fight to keep the Voting Rights intact. This is not the America that any of us were promised. Without a voting people, we have no democracy. With your help, our very first fundraiser will be a success and we can keep working toward America being the democratic beacon that it was always intended to be.

An online bake sale for voting access? Sign me up!

Seriously, I had no idea it was this bad. Save Our Rights NOW! will be helping with getting voting ID in states it’s required, setting up voting drives around the country, and making sure people get to their polling place on voting day. For $15 and up, you’ll get delicious, home-baked goods and help people vote!

Get donating and reblogging!

Mar 25 '13

Tumblr, in all its glorious wisdom, won’t let me reblog myself, but please reblog my post, Resources for Decision-Making and Low-Income Parenting! The more people who know about it, the better!

Sep 3 '12
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I’ve been waiting for one of these rants to appear on my dash to rip it to shreds because i didn’t have the energy to create my own post without an example of why i am creating it. this shit had me mad reading it. and it’s nice to see the op is a coward and has deleted their words despite feeling they are in a position to dictate to us what we should or shouldn’t do.

i’m going to start by saying posts like these are anti-Black as fuck, ableist, classist and a lot of other things. this post was universal, it didn’t specify who they were speaking to. and as someone who is part of the circle that has been deemed ANGRY BLACK WOMAN, i feel this post is speaking to people directly like myself. so i will address it as such.

i talk about my identity and who i am all the time, but one aspect i don’t talk about much is being a convicted felon, something i refuse to be ashamed of because the crimes i’ve been convicted of have nothing to do with sexual, physical or emotional violence. and as a Black queer genderfluid person who deals with depression/anxiety/ptsd and is also a convicted felon, tumblr has been a godsend. it has made me feel like i am doing something when the reality is, it is unsafe for me to do so in many cases. to act as if the burden of activism and education is on the most oppressed people speaking their anger of that oppression on the internet is just absolutely absurd. of course, i believe that white people will never do the work for us, we must do it for ourselves. but in the digital age, without access to the internet and without outlets like this, i think the shape of activism would take a way different form.

i’ve done some forms of advocating. anti-war protests (was interviewed on tv for that and was in trouble for it too), protesting for cori reform, calling senators, writing letters. before i came on tumblr, my avenue for my voice was political sites, writing comments, signing petitions and even getting published in the nation once. i’ve always been the person who speaks out when i hear racism, ableism, sexism, etc. in instances where i have felt safe. i have backed up and held down many people who would not feel comfortable doing so without support. which i consider to be activism, advocating for those who are oppressed by others or letting others know why what they’ve done is wrong.

but you know what? my life has changed since then. since becoming a felon, the idea of activism is scary as fuck for me. on the one hand, i want to be involved in protests, but on the other, i don’t need anything else on my record. i have gone into massive debt to get an education and a masters degree now with the hopes that i will be able to get a job despite my record because i “educated and civilized myself.” but truth be told, i have been fired for nothing other than my record when i was already working someplace and was told numerous times was the best person they’ve had in awhile. so i also have to deal with the reality that i will never be hired in a position at my level too. this does happen in a world where a white man with a criminal record has a higher possibility of getting hired than a Black man with none. activism requires putting my body and my safety and my record on the line. a record that the worse it gets, the less opportunity i have. the more tied to poverty i am. the less access to being an american citizen i have. i lose the ability to vote in numerous states as well.

saying that the people on tumblr, who especially in my corner are Black, queer, poor/working class/lower middle class and nongender conforming need to get offline and place themselves into activism circles and “do something” not just show anger online is anti-Black. at a time where a Black person is murdered every 36 hours by police, why should we be expected to do all the heavy lifting to change the world? as usual. it’s on us. and the funny thing, is we do it. cause i know plenty of activists who are Black, latin@ and indigenous who DO activist work and that puts them in compromising positions. i have friends who have had their homes raided by the fbi for their work. and others who are undocumented and risk deportation for their activism. some who have their phones tapped. and people like myself who are being monitored constantly by surveillance online. these are activists in offline spaces and those who just advocate for themselves online.

but why the fuck are you telling people who need an outlet to express themselves to go outside and put themselves in those kinds of risks? i mean, people do it, we do it, people of color put our lives on the lines all day every day to improve the circumstances of all of the U.S. (it is all poc movements that have gotten us all of civil rights gains and most of legislation that helps us in some way or form). but to sit here and tell those who don’t have the money, don’t have the mental capacity, don’t have the support, who don’t have the ability to get there, that their voice on the internet is worthless because they aren’t “outside doing something” is rude and bullshit as fuck. you need to shut the fuck up and sit the fuck down.

furthermore, those who say writing and posting rage posts and other information on tumblr is not activism can eat a dick. it is. as mentioned by other bloggers, tumblr activism has gotten mouths fed, rent paid, medication bought, movies started, queer networking possible, trans* safety networks funded, prizes won for orgs that need money to stay afloat. this is activism and monetary at that, all done online. petitions are signed and circulated and some even actually work. tumblr bombing polls and calls to action on websites with fucked up material gets those things taken off, brought to the media or just taken to task. people find friends, lovers and support systems. those who might kill themselves find people do care if they live or die. those who can’t leave the house or do too much due to mental/physical handicaps are given outlets to a world they are often excluded from. i have received countless messages from people happy to know someone related to them, that they weren’t crazy because they experienced this too, that they learned so much from the information provided, that they were able to get friends help someplace offline through resources posted, etc.

YOU do not get to tell anyone what activism is when we live in a time where activism takes many forms. you certainly don’t get to tell the people I LOVE ON TUMBLR that shit. my circle of tumblr has plenty of rage posts. angry as fuck. but they get stuff done too. they create solidarity. they reveal gaslighting and white psychological terrorism. they teach each other new concepts or give a depressed person a smile. my BLACK QUEER NONGENDER-CONFORMING CIRCLE OF TUMBLR ARE THE BIGGEST ACTIVISTS I KNOW. constantly fighting for themselves and even people who don’t love them. anti-Blackness on here is so fucking real, you’d be surprised we can even wake up and post again, never mind advocate for ourselves and others. but we do each day.

you don’t know everyone’s lives. you do not know their circumstances, you don’t know what people are able to do and not do. right now my trans* Black sisters are being murdered at enormous rates, my cis and trans* Black sisters are being incarcerated at record high numbers, my people are dying one by one at 36 hour intervals, over 1 million Black men are in jail, hundreds of thousands of those people have had their voting rights stripped due to felonies. my latin@ brothers and sisters are crossing borders for safety and food, only to be met with murder and violence upon arrival. they are facing deportation while all they do is raise their families and pay taxes for people who don’t give two fucks about them. their are kids on plantations picking vegetables from fucking sun up to sun down instead of going to school. my indigenous brothers and sisters are dealing with outsider rape at a rate of 1 out of 3 women, they are dealing with prices like $65 for chicken on a reservation, corporations trying to drive through and cut down their sacred lands. with all that shit, i don’t blame a single fucking one of these people, my brothers and sisters and whatever other gender or nongender they identify with to be scared, angry, terrified. all of those things are happening solely for being Black, queer, trans*, woc or undocumented or have the appearance of the other. all of those.

and still with all that we still advocate and have activism and fight. do you know about fred hampton? do you know about leonard peltier? do you know our political prisoners? people die and go to jail for life for this shit. this is not an easy task. this is not a task to undergo alone. we need support. and if those who are too afraid to fight the world in “approved activist circles” so fucking be it. we are surviving. we can’t all be activists when we are worried if we will make it to next year or how to keep a roof over our heads or where the next meal will come from. you can’t fault people for that. and you can’t fault people who are too damn tired from fighting every fucking day who just wanna get on the computer and SCREAM THEIR FUCKING LUNGS OUT BECAUSE NO ONE IN THE WORLD LISTENS TO THEM.

fuck you and your self-righteousness. you don’t get to dictate what activism is. you don’t get to act like you haven’t had any privileges to be able to do the things you do. that you aren’t concerned with the same things some of us “angry ragers of tumblr” are about. and you don’t get to fucking demonize us for that.

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Aug 21 '12

So let’s talk reproductive justice.

homosnacktualmafiaqilf:

1.

I want so badly to talk about this picture.

I do.

But when your first thought about it is “support women”, I can’t.

I can feel the words inching away from the raw wounds that even if they scar will always hurt.

Does that seem right to you?

2.

I actively flinch from the word feminist. Because of a long list of reasons.

But the one I really want to talk about right now is the fact that they don’t think about my reproductive justice.

They don’t think about the reproductive justice that means that I and other people who could need birth control who aren’t women deserve to be included.

They don’t think about the reproductive justice that means that they need to support trans people’s rights not to have to be sterilized to get the basic right of being recognized as that person’s true gender/s,

They don’t think about the reproductive justice that means that they need to actively stop sterilization of trans people, of PoC, of disabled people.

They don’t think about the reproductive justice that means the right to accessible, free birth control for everyone.

Their reproductive justice is condoms, abortions, and birth control pills.

Does that seem right to you?

3.

My mother lovingly referred to all of her fetuses as parasites when she was pregnant with each of us. Each of us was unplanned. Each of us was loved.

Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about their mothers being people?

Does that seem right to you?

4.

What the fuck am I supposed to do if I am raped and I get pregnant?

What the fuck am I supposed to do?

This is not a rhetorical question.

What the fuck am I supposed to do?


And I ask because the answer is I don’t know. I was never told.

Does that seem right to you?

5.

Only publishing one narrative of abortion says a lot less about those people’s stories and a lot about the publisher.

The vast majority of abortion narratives are about how abortion is a necessary evil, and very few are about anything else.

Does that seem right to you?

6.

I want to talk about this picture, but for now, let’s talk about the fact that someone took  a gender-neutral picture with a powerful message and simplified it down to “support birth control and women’s rights”.

Why does this person not think that we—we people who are still using coat hangers and drinking paint thinner—don’t deserve to say “Never Again”?

Does that seem right to you?

7.

I want to talk about how a very common topic of discussion between disabled people is whether or not our parents would have aborted us if they had had early detection of our disabilities.

I know my mother would not have.

But why the fuck did I have to even ask?

Why the fuck did I even have to wonder?

Does that seem right to you?

8.

If you only ever talk about one form of justice, your justice is unjust.

And yet, that’s just supposed to suffice?

Does that seem right to you?

9.

I want everyone to have reproductive justice.

If you never consider us to be people, then you don’t think about what justice we deserve.

Most people never mention what kind of reproductive justice we deserve.

Does that seem right to you?

10.

I want my uterus out.

I want to not have ovaries.

I genuinely hope that I turn out to have a gene for estrogen-based cancers that runs on both sides of my blood, so I can have an early hysterectomy.

I genuinely hope that I have a higher chance of having my body grow fucking tumors—something that terrifies me on a visceral level because this has happened to both my grandmothers and my mother and I still have screaming, crying nightmares— because it’s probably the quickest way to get relief for the pain of having a cosmically wrong body.

Does that seem right to you?

11.

People call themselves “pro-choice” and then act as if it’s a dichotomous choice.

To abort or not abort, that is the question.

Does that seem right to you?

12.

I have to be afraid of being raped.

I have to be afraid of needing abortion.

But I also have to be afraid of people using that to mean that I know what women go through.

(I don’t. If you want to know what women go through, ask a woman. Ask especially the kind of woman that’s not often considered to be a ‘real’ woman.)

I have to be afraid of never being able to say “I was raped and I needed an abortion too” because then I won’t be a person anymore.

Does that seem right to you?

13.

I can’t stand menstruating. I can’t. It’s one of the few ways that I’m transnormative—a cafab trans person hating menstruation is very transnormative.

It’s worse than just the physical pain, the violent dysphoria, the disorienting sensation that comes from dissociating because I need to be numb sometimes. It’s worse because I remember that no matter what, I need to be afraid.

Does that seem right to you?

14.

One of the very first things someone said when I—self-deluding—told them I was a lesbian was “Oh, but you can use IVF and sperm donors!”

Because having a womb meant, to this person, that I should use it.

(I have fang teeth as well. Does that mean I should have used them to rip open her throat?)

Does that seem right to you?

15.

If you’re a cis woman, I want you to read this, now.

If you’re a cis feminist, I want you to read it twice.

If you’re a cis feminist who thinks they understand how trans people deserve reproductive justice, I want you to read it three times.

I want you to know that this person, one of your own, would rather I drink paint thinner and potentially die than get an abortion.

Does that seem right to you?

16.

“Never Again” is starting to look more and more like “Never Again For Us”.

Does that seem right to you?

17.

One of the reasons that I do not reblog posts on things like suicide and crisis hotlines is because cis people make these lists and cis people reblog them and I cannot trust that you checked this out properly.

I cannot trust that you ensured the safety of me and mine.

I cannot trust you, because too many times has something been advertised as being for me and mine as well and turned out to want us dead.

Does that seem right to you?

18.

When you call pro-fetus attitudes only misogynistic instead of being cruel, ableist, racist, classist, cissexist, violent, entitled, invasive, I wonder if you know what paint thinner tastes like.

When you pretend that pro-fetus people only hate cis white abled rich women, you say that you’re fine with a bloody coathanger and a half-empty bucket of paint thinner so long as it’s not in your sight.

Does that seem right to you?

19.

If I ever need to, I might just go to Planned Parenthood, clutching my mother and sister’s hands, crying.

I’ll cry when they misgender me.

I’ll cry until the dissociation overtakes the dysphoria and all I know is the ceiling.

And you will all call my tears collateral damage.

Does that seem right to you?

20.

The flip side of the feminism that won’t mention me needing justice is the feminism that says that all women need abortions.

The flip side of the feminism that would call my abortion a women’s experience and side with a rapist is the feminism that doesn’t care about trans women being raped—because, supposedly, trans women don’t need any reproductive justice.

Feminism hates women like nothing else, sometimes.

Does that seem right to you?

21.

This response is personal.

The political is personal.

This person and this person want me to drink paint thinner for the crime of not wanting a parasite.

Does that seem right to you?

22.

So, no, I’m not going to talk about that picture.

It might have been powerful until you destroyed it.

Never again?

We might never get to say “never again”.

Does that seem right to you?

Jun 1 '12
"Instead, even as state legislators are finding new ways to interfere with a woman’s or couple’s decisions about baby-making, they are reducing the services upon which families depend. Arizona legislators have been particularly harsh. In 2009, Governor Brewer closed her state’s $1.6 billion budget gap partly by eliminating $155 million from the state’s Department of Economic Security—money that had gone toward early-education and therapy programs for the developmentally disabled. The following year, the legislature tried to ax the state’s $9 million Children’s Health Insurance Program for low-income families, KidsCare. In 2011, state Senator Andy Biggs, who in campaign literature advertises himself as a pro-life Republican, proposed eliminating Arizona’s Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, altogether. That would have saved the state $2 billion but cost it $7.5 billion in federal matching funds.

“There have been a lot of impassioned speeches from my Republican colleagues about the significance of a child’s life regardless of their disability, and about the value of human life,” says Arizona House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, a Phoenix Democrat. “But when they do a budget, it doesn’t include the concern for human life they talk about all the time.” The Children’s Health Insurance Program remains but with enrollment frozen as of January 2010. In 2008, KidsCare covered close to 65,000 children; now it serves 14,000. The waiting list for the program has grown to more than 100,000."

from “The Pro-Life Paradox” at The American Prospect

It’s only a “paradox” because they self-identify by the blatantly false moniker “pro-life.”

(again, h/t to SS)

[NB: More people than just cis women need and want access to abortion care]

(via keepyourbsoutofmyuterus)

By defunding therapy and education programs for kids with disabilities, you’re only creating more financial need down the line when they don’t develop the skills they need to be as independent as possible.

Just more proof that conservatives take the easiest, showiest “moral” stance possible by fetishizing the fetus while ripping away support systems for parents and children.

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Feb 21 '12

prolongedeyecontact:

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

RICK SANTORUM WANTS TO PROTECT YOU! FROM THE EVILS OF PRENATAL TESTING

This entire piece is a Must Read.

I am so bloody tired of being used as a pawn by both the left and the right in reproductive rights rhetoric, I could scream. And in fact, I often do. The right tells us that they oppose bodily autonomy and choice because it would lead to abortion of “precious angels,” which is apparently code for “disabled people,” while the left, well, unfortunately often claims that the worst catastrophe ever would be to have a disabled child, so it’s a good thing we can screen for that sort of thing and prevent it from happening.

I’m a disabled person, and I actually wholly support prenatal screening and full access to prenatal care, because I think it can result in healthier pregnancies and better outcomes for both pregnant people and infants. On its own, prenatal screening is value neutral — it’s a way to find out more about what is going on with a pregnancy. I fail to see how that could be a bad thing, because in my opinion, the more you know about a pregnancy, the more you can support the health of mother and fetus.

Unfortunately, prenatal testing often gets twisted for other uses.

The assumption people like Santorum are making is that when prenatal screening uncovers disability, the automatic response is to abort. That’s… not necessarily the case. In fact, prenatal screening for disability can help parents prepare, and may result in being informed about measures they can take to make pregnancy, labor and delivery safer. It can also help medical teams address and possibly prevent complications that might arise in connection with disabilities.

THIS. When I read the excerpt on my tumblr dash I immediately was reminded of s.e. smith and how good they are at having nuanced articles about disability and abortion, and then I clicked through and sure enough it was written by s.e. smith! This essay is so important. People need to understand that this is a complex and nuanced issue, a conversation we should be having, but the solution should never be to limit the choices of people or to purposely deny them all the information to make an informed decision. Abortion isn’t the problem, prenatal testing is not the problem; it’s society. It’s how we treat people with disabilities, it’s how we treat people who choose to continue pregnancies knowing their child will have disabilities, it’s how we slash funding for resources and support systems. This was so good, just go read it all.

(Source: keepyourbsoutofmyuterus)

Feb 20 '12
rabbleprochoice:

thedailywhat:

Santorum Santorum Says of the Day: On today’s Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer asked presidential candidate Rick Santorum to clarify his controversial statement from yesterday, that “free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions.”
But rather than double back, Santorum instead chose to double down, saying that certain types of prenatal testing that are used to detect fetal abnormalities should not be offered for free as they “encourage abortions.”
“We’re talking about specifically prenatal testing and specifically amniocentesis,” Santorum said, “which is a… procedure that creates a risk of miscarriage when you have it and is done for the purposes of identifying maladies of a child in the womb, which in many cases, in fact, most cases, physicians recommend, particularly if there’s a problem, recommend abortion.”
A study conducted in 2006 by researchers at Mouth Sinai found that the risk of miscarriage from amniocentesis — a procedure necessary for the detection of chromosomal abnormalities (such as Down syndrome) and fetal infections — is 0.06%. In fact, there was no difference in “loss rate” between patients who had undergone amniocentesis, and those who had not
Santorum, whose daughter was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Edwards syndrome, took issue with President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which guarantees free-of-charge access to prenatal testing.
[cbsnews / politico / mediaite.]

I find this horrifying. Santorum’s argument is that amniocentesis shouldn’t be free because most doctors will recommend abortion if a severe birth defect is detected. So, we shouldn’t allow people to have this test done because doctors might use their medical knowledge and expert advice to advise something he doesn’t agree with.
Does anyone else see the problem here?
Rick Santorum is not a doctor and he is attempting to insert himself into the patient-doctor relationship simply because a patient MIGHT choose an abortion after finding out their fetus won’t live past the age of 2.
And it DEFINITELY makes sense to not offer this option free of charge to people who are expecting since not offering it free of charge affects poor people much more directly. Because poor people are in a position to care for a fetus that might require hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical care once it’s born.
This guy needs to sit down, shut up, and stop trying to make everyone agree with his religious dogma.
People in congress are voting against contraception which is not representative of what their constituents want. Hell, even one of the reddest states voted to keep contraceptives. It isn’t any more clearer that the old, rich, white men in the GOP that are voting against contraceptives are doing so for their own interests and not those of the people who voted for them.
This is bullshit.
Love,
Rabble

Wow, Rick Santorum really does hate poor people (shocker, right?). Many disabilities require extra time and money, something that people who can’t pay for prenatal testing probably don’t have. People with scarce or no resources to care for a child with disabilities need access to prenatal testing. They need to know so they can decide what to do next, and how to adequately prepare for their child, should they choose to continue the pregnancy.
If Rick Santorum truly cared about The Babies, he would encourage parents to be as informed as possible, so they could make the best decisions for themselves and their children. Seriously, we really are just mindless baby machines to these guys.

rabbleprochoice:

thedailywhat:

Santorum Santorum Says of the Day: On today’s Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer asked presidential candidate Rick Santorum to clarify his controversial statement from yesterday, that “free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions.”

But rather than double back, Santorum instead chose to double down, saying that certain types of prenatal testing that are used to detect fetal abnormalities should not be offered for free as they “encourage abortions.”

“We’re talking about specifically prenatal testing and specifically amniocentesis,” Santorum said, “which is a… procedure that creates a risk of miscarriage when you have it and is done for the purposes of identifying maladies of a child in the womb, which in many cases, in fact, most cases, physicians recommend, particularly if there’s a problem, recommend abortion.”

A study conducted in 2006 by researchers at Mouth Sinai found that the risk of miscarriage from amniocentesis — a procedure necessary for the detection of chromosomal abnormalities (such as Down syndrome) and fetal infections — is 0.06%. In fact, there was no difference in “loss rate” between patients who had undergone amniocentesis, and those who had not

Santorum, whose daughter was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Edwards syndrome, took issue with President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which guarantees free-of-charge access to prenatal testing.

[cbsnews / politico / mediaite.]

I find this horrifying. Santorum’s argument is that amniocentesis shouldn’t be free because most doctors will recommend abortion if a severe birth defect is detected. So, we shouldn’t allow people to have this test done because doctors might use their medical knowledge and expert advice to advise something he doesn’t agree with.

Does anyone else see the problem here?

Rick Santorum is not a doctor and he is attempting to insert himself into the patient-doctor relationship simply because a patient MIGHT choose an abortion after finding out their fetus won’t live past the age of 2.

And it DEFINITELY makes sense to not offer this option free of charge to people who are expecting since not offering it free of charge affects poor people much more directly. Because poor people are in a position to care for a fetus that might require hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical care once it’s born.

This guy needs to sit down, shut up, and stop trying to make everyone agree with his religious dogma.

People in congress are voting against contraception which is not representative of what their constituents want. Hell, even one of the reddest states voted to keep contraceptives. It isn’t any more clearer that the old, rich, white men in the GOP that are voting against contraceptives are doing so for their own interests and not those of the people who voted for them.

This is bullshit.

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Wow, Rick Santorum really does hate poor people (shocker, right?). Many disabilities require extra time and money, something that people who can’t pay for prenatal testing probably don’t have. People with scarce or no resources to care for a child with disabilities need access to prenatal testing. They need to know so they can decide what to do next, and how to adequately prepare for their child, should they choose to continue the pregnancy.

If Rick Santorum truly cared about The Babies, he would encourage parents to be as informed as possible, so they could make the best decisions for themselves and their children. Seriously, we really are just mindless baby machines to these guys.

(Source: thedailywhat)