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Hey everyone! I’ve got a request to make of you talented folks out there on Tumblr. I’ve seen some of your work, and gosh golly it is awesome.
Before I make my request, let me tell you a little bit about what I do. I blog here at STFU Fauxminists, obviously, but on weekends I’ve also been doing clinic escorting for a local abortion provider down here in Tampa, FL.
Right before I started escorting at this clinic, they had recently bought really beautiful and welcoming banners to hang on their fences to maintain patient privacy and discourage the counter-protesters that they have outside their gates regularly from yelling at and harassing patients.
Well, as many people know, vandalism at clinics is a huge problem and this is no exception.
A couple of weeks ago someone took a knife to these banners. They are entirely unfixable. The clinic really doesn’t have the money to replace them, so now there’s just an ugly blue tarp on the fence to keep the anti-choicers’ bullshit at bay.
So here’s where I got this neat idea that ya’ll can help me with.
I want to surprise this clinic with a giant collage of pro-choice, pro-reproductive rights, pro-woman*, etc. art pieces from around Tumblr mounted on a more sturdy board. Obviously nothing is going to be impervious to vandalism, but I still think this would just be a great surprise for the wonderful women that work at this clinic who endure daily harassment and multiple instances of vandalism (just a few months ago they had to replace their entire video surveillance system because someone took a baseball bat to it). They have to deal with all of this on top of the ridiculous standards placed upon them by the Florida legislature, etc. These women are tough and they deserve some appreciation.
So I’m hoping to collect submissions of art from anyone who wants to make it. Whether you think you have talent or not. Whether you think your idea is good or not. I WANT YOUR AWESOME ART.
THE MORE THE BETTER. MULTIPLE PIECES. BIG PIECES. LITTLE PIECES. FANDOM RELATED IS FINE, TOO, AS LONG AS IT’S ALSO PRO-CHOICE THEMED. FUCKING STICK FIGURES ARE FINE. WRITE ME SOMETHING. POETRY. A LIMERICK. ANYTHING. EVEN JUST WORDS OF THANKS OR ENCOURAGEMENT.
JUST GIMME UR ART AND STUFF.
Then I’m gonna put them all together and I’ll put a picture of the finished product on my blog and if you like, I’ll link to your blog and promote you and your art!
I know it’s not much that I have to offer, but yeah. Please please please contribute if you can. And if you don’t want to/can’t contribute a piece, please reblog this so others can see it!
You can either submit your pieces in my submit box here, e-mail them to me at STFUFauxminists@gmail.com, or message me for details on how to send them via snail mail.
Thank you for reading this and hopefully reblogging. Thank you to all who plan to submit. I’ll be taking submissions until the end of November!
*not just women, trans and non-binary inclusivity is also welcome!
What a sweet idea! Will you post pictures when it’s up?
You know, for as much as conservatives like to bible thump….
I’m pretty sure the Bible says a lot about helping the sick. Wasn’t that one of Jesus’s big points?
There’s one more reason I’m never moving to Florida.
I'm 19 years old, and although there is only a 0.0001% chance right now that I'm pregnant, I still want to know what I can. If I wanted to get an abortion after having possibly gotten pregnant a month ago, and I live in Miami Florida, about how much would it cost? Also, if I walk into the clinic someday, can I get an abortion the same day? What if I can't go to the follow up appointment? How much does the cost increase every week? Sorry for all the questions!
The price will depend on how far along you are, and whether you decide to have a medication abortion or a surgical abortion. Fees also depend on your blood type, the kind of work done before the abortion, and the types of anesthesia and pain medication used. None of the 9 clinics in Miami list their fees online, though some clinic websites do.
So, what are your options now? You can always call a clinic and ask for an estimate, though they may not be able to tell you exactly until they know what I listed in the above paragraph. Each clinic will charge a little differently, so only they can tell you how much it increases per week. Planned Parenthood prices the abortion pill anywhere from $300-$800, and a first-trimester surgical abortion anywhere from $300-$950. Some clinics will lower the fees depending on your ability to pay, or work out a payment system. You can also look into state and national abortion funds, as well as individuals who’ve offered to help out on the Abortion Assistance Blog.
I haven’t heard of clinics providing abortions for walk-ins. Especially if they are targeted by protestors, they may have very specific times when a provider is in and available to do all the pre-operation work and testing. Even though abortion is generally a minor procedure, you will probably still have to make an appointment.
Follow-up appointments are EXTREMELY important, and you do not want to miss them. The staff need to make sure that you’re healing properly. If you’re not sure you can make it back to the clinic, talk with the staff and see if you can go in somewhere else. The risk of complications from first-trimester abortions is vanishingly low, but that doesn’t mean there are no risks, and I really can’t stress enough how crucial it is that you go to your follow-up appointment.
Hope that answers your questions!
The lone abortion provider in Mississippi is in danger of being shut down in a little over a week. They are being flooded with calls from people desperate to get the health care they need before it’s too late. Already, many people in Mississippi must travel out of state to get a safe, legal abortion. This requires driving for hours, possibly staying overnight, and finding someone to take care of their children (61% of people who get abortions already have at least one child).
Now’s the time for that famous southern hospitality. Mississippians need help accessing abortion. They may not have transportation, a place to stay, or child care. If you can provide any of these things, even just a ride to the clinic or a couch to sleep on for a night, please contact the Abortion Assistance Blog. Here are some of the clinics people will be visiting:
New Woman All Women Health Care, Birmingham
Planned Parenthood, Birmingham
Planned Parenthood, Mobile
West Alabama Women’s Center, Tuscaloosa
Planned Parenthood, Fayetteville
Planned Parenthood, Little Rock
Little Rock Family Planning Services (only clinic that provides abortions after 8 weeks)
All Women’s Health Center, Inc., Gainesville
Bread & Roses Women’s Health Center, Gainesville
North Florida Women’s Health & Counseling Service, Tallahassee
Causeway Medical Clinic, Metairie, New Orleans
Hope Medical Group for Women, Shreveport
Planned Parenthood, Knoxville
Planned Parenthood, Nashville
The Women’s Center, Nashville
Volunteer Women’s Medical Clinic, Knoxville
If you live near any of these clinics, or have a place to stay along the journey from Mississippi, you could be the one to help someone in need access a safe, legal abortion. Please contact the Abortion Assistance Blog, and make a difference in someone’s life.
Virginia is now the 8th state with forced ultrasounds before abortion. When it passed its law, it joined Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
Texas has the harshest forced ultrasound law currently in effect. As Andrea Grimes reported,
“Texas has the most extreme law that’s being enforced right now,” says the Center For Reproductive Rights’ Julie Rikelman, the lead attorney on the CRR’s lawsuit filed against the Texas legislation. Despite the sympathetic leanings of a federal district judge who initially ruled on the case, the suit has more or less been stalled by a vehemently anti-choice Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which denied the CRR’s requested injunction against enforcement last month. Now, that means that all aspects of the law—mandated ultrasounds, 24-hour waiting periods, and forced speech—are now in full force in Texas.
Oklahoma’s forced ultrasound bill, which was similar to TX’s, was struck down by a federal court recently.
North Carolina, which also has passed a harsh TX-style forced ultrasound bill, is unable to enforce their law pending a court decision.
Pennsylvania’s forced ultrasound bill is officially kaput, at least for this year.
And, as Robin Marty reports, Iowa:
What is the difference between a traffic light camera and a mandatory trans-vaginal ultrasound? One is a violation of privacy, according to Iowa legislators.
Can you guess which?
The Iowa legislature is considering banning traffic cameras due to “privacy concerns.” And those who are arguing for the ban are the same who think all women should be forced to undergo forced ultrasounds prior to an abortion.
These laws will affect all those with the ability to become pregnant.
While Texas is only state currently forcing people to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, AND VIRGINIA all have forced ultrasounds before an abortion.
Oklahoma and North Carolina have passed similar laws to the one in Texas but they are not being enforced due to pending court decisions.
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