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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Posts tagged personhood

Apr 21 '14

colbythelateone:

bebinn:

When pro-lifers argue “It’s not your body!” or “Newborns depend on others to take care of them, too!” I’m just like…it’s inside your body?? Like you’re the only person who can keep it alive?? Like that is how pregnancy works, right?

Not trying to start an argument over this, but I did some research on abortion for a paper on school. Specifically how early important organs are developed and how early it can survive on its own. Basically, it was asking the question, “when does a fetus become an infant?”. I can’t remember the exact times but a fetus can be removed within like 5 months, I think, and survive with the same amount of care as a premature baby. This research (and hearing a lot of arguments from both sides) really changed my ideals about abortion.

A fetus becomes an infant when it’s born. If we’re talking medical terminology, viability and gestational age are irrelevant. It’s an embryo until 8 weeks, then a fetus, then infant/neonate when it’s born.

Mar 23 '14
Feb 23 '14

IRCRC: Excited to hear Lynn Paltrow speak at #takeroot14 with our friends, Indy Feminists!

The Indiana Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice attended yesterday’s Take Root conference, a gathering of red state activists for reproductive justice.
IRCRCExcited to hear Lynn Paltrow speak at #takeroot14 with our friends, Indy Feminists!
The Indiana Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice attended yesterday’s Take Root conference, a gathering of red state activists for reproductive justice.
Jan 26 '14

Above is an excerpt from ‘Personhood’ by Lauren Zuniga, which can  be viewed here

(Source: vvayvvardson)

Nov 22 '13
nprfreshair:

Today’s program addresses personhood rights of fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses. There have been cases where pregnant women have been arrested and/or subjected to medical intervention (without consent) if law officials decide the fetus is endangered. The Personhood Movement supports the view that fetuses have the same constitutional rights as the mother. 
Our three guests are Lynn Paltrow, the Executive Director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Jennifer Mason, a leader for Personhood USA, and Dr. Barbara Levy, the Vice President of the American College of OB-GYNs.
Paltrow explains:

If [Personhood USA] succeeds and fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses are recognized as separate persons under the law … You could essentially have every pregnant woman subject to a person who is entitled to her medical records, who is entitled to require her to undergo whatever medical procedure is best for her, have her arrested if she doesn’t obey.
The question all of these cases pose — the question that the Personhood USA really raises – is: As a society, do we believe that there is a point in pregnancy where women lose their civil rights?


Gross [host]: How can a fetus pursue liberty, let alone happiness, when it is inside of the woman who is carrying it, and totally dependent on the woman who is carrying the fetus?
Mason: Well, the baby is denied the right to life, the right to liberty, and the right to pursue happiness at any point when they are killed in the womb. So there is never any future choice for that baby, never any future at all. So those rights are specifically denied to babies in the womb when they are aborted. They’re killed and their rights are forever silenced.
Classic anti-choice non-answer.

nprfreshair:

Today’s program addresses personhood rights of fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses. There have been cases where pregnant women have been arrested and/or subjected to medical intervention (without consent) if law officials decide the fetus is endangered. The Personhood Movement supports the view that fetuses have the same constitutional rights as the mother. 

Our three guests are Lynn Paltrow, the Executive Director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Jennifer Mason, a leader for Personhood USA, and Dr. Barbara Levy, the Vice President of the American College of OB-GYNs.

Paltrow explains:

If [Personhood USA] succeeds and fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses are recognized as separate persons under the law … You could essentially have every pregnant woman subject to a person who is entitled to her medical records, who is entitled to require her to undergo whatever medical procedure is best for her, have her arrested if she doesn’t obey.

The question all of these cases pose — the question that the Personhood USA really raises – is: As a society, do we believe that there is a point in pregnancy where women lose their civil rights?

Gross [host]: How can a fetus pursue liberty, let alone happiness, when it is inside of the woman who is carrying it, and totally dependent on the woman who is carrying the fetus?

Mason: Well, the baby is denied the right to life, the right to liberty, and the right to pursue happiness at any point when they are killed in the womb. So there is never any future choice for that baby, never any future at all. So those rights are specifically denied to babies in the womb when they are aborted. They’re killed and their rights are forever silenced.

Classic anti-choice non-answer.

Aug 26 '13
Oct 17 '12
"There’s no way to give embryos constitutional personhood without subtracting women from the community of constitutional persons."

Lynn Paltrow, Personhood USA’s Keith Mason Eyes Election Day 2012 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast

I have a feeling most anti-abortion people are totally okay with that.

(via robot-heart-politics)

God, I just love this quote. I want to put it on a t-shirt and walk around with a megaphone just yelling it into the megaphone while people pass by.

If you give a zygote personhood, the person carrying it will lose rights. The person that has feelings and friends and a life and actual thoughts. The person that can feel pain and experience trauma will lose their rights.

People shouldn’t be relegated to become citizens with partial rights simply because they are pregnant.

Love,

Rabble

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Jul 1 '12
rudimentree:

aforaffort:

nonplussedbyreligion:

I went to UniteWomen.org and clicked on the link for my state.  It took me to the group’s Arizona facebook page and it was there to my horror that I found this list of bills against women created in Arizona:
Arizona
HB 2800 - No Public Funding for Family Planning:  This bill outlines the priority for distribution of public funds for family planning services and specifies that the state or any political subdivision may not contract with any person or facility that performs nonfederally qualified abortions.  It would disquality Planned Parenthood from providing services to AHCCCS and Title X patients, leaving those without insurance and in the minority communities without access to affordable health care/reproductive health care services.  Passed 
HB 2625 - Religious Objections Bill:   This bill states that a religiously affiliated employer can opt out of insurance coverage for contraceptives.  An employee wishing to be reimbursed for related expenses could be required to submit a claim to the employer along with evidence that the prescription is not for the purpose covered under the employer’s objection.  Republican Rep. Terri Proud wants to make a law that would force women to witness an abortion before having an abortion. Passed 
SB 1359 - Wrongful Life/Brith: The Arizona state Senate passed a bill that establishes that a person is not liable for damages in any civil action on a claims that, but for an act or omission of the defendant, specified individuals would not or should not have been born.  It allows health care providers to omit informationn discovered during examination if the provider thinks the information may lead to the termination of pregnancy without fear of civil action against the provider. Passed 
SB 1494 - Abortion/Personhood:  Defines ‘human being’ to include all ages from conception to full gestation.  Expands  ’informed consent’ criteria, and disclosure of possible medical riskes.  It also requires physicians to provide contact information for a Crisis Pregnancy Center.  Due to the expanded definition of ‘human being’, some forms of oral contraception and in vitro fertilization could no longer be prescribed/taken or performed. Tabled 
SB 2036 - 20 Week Abortion Ban:  Prohibits abortion after 20 weeks except in a medical emergency with no exception for health or fetal anomaly.  Physicians will face criminal and civil penalties as well as unprofessional conduct sanctions and loss of license.  Women would be forced to carry non-viablie fetuses to term unless their lives are in immediate danger.  Women diagnosed with an illneess such as cancer could not receive chemotherapy/radiation allowing the disease to progress.  Passed 
SB 1009 - Promote Childbirth/Adoption in Schools:    Prohibits school districts and charter schools from promoting elective abortion over childbirth and adoption.  Requires the State Board of Education to develop a handbook to promote existing curriculum frameworks and encourage school districts to recognize the moral, civic and ethical values within educational development programs for the general purpose of instilling character and ethical prinicples in students K -12 .  Schools will provide instruction that may be contrary to the values of the families of Arizona’s children. Passed 
HR 3541 - Pre-Natal Nondiscrimination Act:  This bill  would allow a male partner or an underage woman’s parents to file an injunction that would force a woman to remain pregnant by charging her with being motivated to abort by the fetus’s race or sex, regardless of whether that’s what actually motivated the woman.  Tabled 
SB1365 - Religious Expression Protectin:   Prohibits the government from suspending or revoking a person’s professional license for declining to provide a service because of a religious objection.  As approved, the proposal also precludes government from denying a person an appointment to a public office because of his or her exercise of religion.  Additionally, the bill says it’s not unprofessional conduct to make business decisions — including employment decisions unless otherwise prohibited by state or federal law — that adhere to “sincerely held religious beliefs.” - Passed Senate, pending House
HB 2416 - Redefines taking the abortion pill as “surgery.” This extravagant over-regulation will result in more than half of Arizona’s current abortion providers becoming ineligible to provide care. Rural women will lose access to abortion entirely, as abortion-by-pill is the only form of care outside Phoenix and Tucson. This proposal aims to reduce  abortion early in pregnancy, since abortion-by-pill is used by women in the fifth to ninth  week of pregnancy. Passed 
HB 2384 - This bill excludes Planned Parenthood from eligibility as a qualifying organization for The Working Poor Tax Credit. It excludes organizations that serve the working poor from qualifying under the “working poor donation tax credit” program for charitable organizations if they provide or refer for abortion care and prohibits public money from being spent on abortion care training which is already prohibited in Arizona.  Passed  
HB 2443 – By banning race and gender selection abortion, this bill tries to create the impression that women and families are deciding to end pregnancies on those bases. Since there absolutely no evidence that this is occurring, this bill is solely designed to further damage the reputations of women who choose abortion.  Passed 
HB 1169 (Strike-Everything Amendment) – Prohibits the Arizona Board of Nursing from determining whether abortion care is within the scope of practice of a highly trained nurse practitioner.  Passed 
SB 1030 (Strike-Everything Amendment) - Prohibits physician’s assistants from providing abortion-by-pill.  Passed 
I knew most of them had passed, but there were a few I didn’t even know about.  Shit.

 It allows health care providers to omit informationn discovered during examination if the provider thinks the information may lead to the termination of pregnancy without fear of civil action against the provider. 
Passed 
  Women would be forced to carry non-viablie fetuses to term unless their lives are in immediate danger.  Women diagnosed with an illneess such as cancer could not receive chemotherapy/radiation allowing the disease to progress. 
Passed.
Actively harming and murdering pregnant people. 
I had to stop reading after that because of reasons. I am reblogging this so I can come back to it later.
Inform yourselves.

if you become pregnant in arizona, your life is forfeit

rudimentree:

aforaffort:

nonplussedbyreligion:

I went to UniteWomen.org and clicked on the link for my state.  It took me to the group’s Arizona facebook page and it was there to my horror that I found this list of bills against women created in Arizona:

Arizona

  • HB 2800 - No Public Funding for Family Planning:  This bill outlines the priority for distribution of public funds for family planning services and specifies that the state or any political subdivision may not contract with any person or facility that performs nonfederally qualified abortions.  It would disquality Planned Parenthood from providing services to AHCCCS and Title X patients, leaving those without insurance and in the minority communities without access to affordable health care/reproductive health care services.  Passed 
  • HB 2625 - Religious Objections Bill:   This bill states that a religiously affiliated employer can opt out of insurance coverage for contraceptives.  An employee wishing to be reimbursed for related expenses could be required to submit a claim to the employer along with evidence that the prescription is not for the purpose covered under the employer’s objection.  Republican Rep. Terri Proud wants to make a law that would force women to witness an abortion before having an abortion. Passed 
  • SB 1359 - Wrongful Life/Brith: The Arizona state Senate passed a bill that establishes that a person is not liable for damages in any civil action on a claims that, but for an act or omission of the defendant, specified individuals would not or should not have been born.  It allows health care providers to omit informationn discovered during examination if the provider thinks the information may lead to the termination of pregnancy without fear of civil action against the provider. Passed 
  • SB 1494 - Abortion/Personhood:  Defines ‘human being’ to include all ages from conception to full gestation.  Expands  ’informed consent’ criteria, and disclosure of possible medical riskes.  It also requires physicians to provide contact information for a Crisis Pregnancy Center.  Due to the expanded definition of ‘human being’, some forms of oral contraception and in vitro fertilization could no longer be prescribed/taken or performed. Tabled 
  • SB 2036 - 20 Week Abortion Ban:  Prohibits abortion after 20 weeks except in a medical emergency with no exception for health or fetal anomaly.  Physicians will face criminal and civil penalties as well as unprofessional conduct sanctions and loss of license.  Women would be forced to carry non-viablie fetuses to term unless their lives are in immediate danger.  Women diagnosed with an illneess such as cancer could not receive chemotherapy/radiation allowing the disease to progress.  Passed 
  • SB 1009 - Promote Childbirth/Adoption in Schools:    Prohibits school districts and charter schools from promoting elective abortion over childbirth and adoption.  Requires the State Board of Education to develop a handbook to promote existing curriculum frameworks and encourage school districts to recognize the moral, civic and ethical values within educational development programs for the general purpose of instilling character and ethical prinicples in students K -12 .  Schools will provide instruction that may be contrary to the values of the families of Arizona’s children. Passed 
  • HR 3541 - Pre-Natal Nondiscrimination Act:  This bill  would allow a male partner or an underage woman’s parents to file an injunction that would force a woman to remain pregnant by charging her with being motivated to abort by the fetus’s race or sex, regardless of whether that’s what actually motivated the woman.  Tabled 
  • SB1365 - Religious Expression Protectin:   Prohibits the government from suspending or revoking a person’s professional license for declining to provide a service because of a religious objection.  As approved, the proposal also precludes government from denying a person an appointment to a public office because of his or her exercise of religion.  Additionally, the bill says it’s not unprofessional conduct to make business decisions — including employment decisions unless otherwise prohibited by state or federal law — that adhere to “sincerely held religious beliefs.” - Passed Senate, pending House
  • HB 2416 - Redefines taking the abortion pill as “surgery.” This extravagant over-regulation will result in more than half of Arizona’s current abortion providers becoming ineligible to provide care. Rural women will lose access to abortion entirely, as abortion-by-pill is the only form of care outside Phoenix and Tucson. This proposal aims to reduce  abortion early in pregnancy, since abortion-by-pill is used by women in the fifth to ninth  week of pregnancy. Passed 
  • HB 2384 - This bill excludes Planned Parenthood from eligibility as a qualifying organization for The Working Poor Tax Credit. It excludes organizations that serve the working poor from qualifying under the “working poor donation tax credit” program for charitable organizations if they provide or refer for abortion care and prohibits public money from being spent on abortion care training which is already prohibited in Arizona.  Passed  
  • HB 2443 – By banning race and gender selection abortion, this bill tries to create the impression that women and families are deciding to end pregnancies on those bases. Since there absolutely no evidence that this is occurring, this bill is solely designed to further damage the reputations of women who choose abortion.  Passed 
  • HB 1169 (Strike-Everything Amendment) – Prohibits the Arizona Board of Nursing from determining whether abortion care is within the scope of practice of a highly trained nurse practitioner.  Passed 
  • SB 1030 (Strike-Everything Amendment) - Prohibits physician’s assistants from providing abortion-by-pill.  Passed 

I knew most of them had passed, but there were a few I didn’t even know about.  Shit.

 It allows health care providers to omit informationn discovered during examination if the provider thinks the information may lead to the termination of pregnancy without fear of civil action against the provider. 

Passed 

  Women would be forced to carry non-viablie fetuses to term unless their lives are in immediate danger.  Women diagnosed with an illneess such as cancer could not receive chemotherapy/radiation allowing the disease to progress. 

Passed.


Actively harming and murdering pregnant people. 

I had to stop reading after that because of reasons. I am reblogging this so I can come back to it later.

Inform yourselves.

if you become pregnant in arizona, your life is forfeit

(Source: eyelovepi)

Jun 26 '12
keepyourbsoutofmyuterus:

@NARAL:

Sen Rand Paul tries to sneak “personhood” abortion ban into flood insurance bill. Yes, seriously: http://bit.ly/OnNjdZ  ‪#WarOnWomen‬‪ #fem2‬

I hate the Paul family.
[NB: more people than cis women want and need access to abortion care.]

Commence mass eye-roll. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: “I have been very patient…but really? On flood insurance?”

keepyourbsoutofmyuterus:

@NARAL:

Sen Rand Paul tries to sneak “personhood” abortion ban into flood insurance bill. Yes, seriously:  

I hate the Paul family.

[NB: more people than cis women want and need access to abortion care.]

Commence mass eye-roll. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: “I have been very patient…but really? On flood insurance?”

Jun 11 '12

A Friendly Guide for Tumblr Pro-Choice Activists

tehsunshine:

I’ve been noticing a lot of anti-choice activity on Tumblr lately, and (thankfully) I’ve noticed an even bigger pro-choice backlash to the antis’ posts. And I cannot appreciate all of you more than I already do, I promise. You all are amazing people, and I encourage you to continue taking down anti-choice bullshit when you see it.

But that being said, there are a lot of bad arguments being used by well-intentioned pro-choicers, and those arguments open our entire movement up to attacks by antis. Please take this post as constructive advice, and use the information here to better your fight for reproductive justice. You’re already badasses, so think about the damage you can do to the anti-choice movement with some rock-solid facts.

1) Zygotes, Embryos, and Fetuses are alive.

They are. They’re made of cells, and cells are the fundamental unit of life. And (the dedicated) anti-choicers are carefully trained to make you sound ignorant if you try to claim otherwise.

2) Zygotes, Embryos, and Fetuses are human.

This one is also true. A zygote is formed from two human cells and later splits into more human cells. At no point is that thing in a pregnant person’s uterus a protist, tree, or cat. That being said, “human” only refers to the species of the organism, and not its personhood.

3) “Personhood” means “having the rights and responsibilities of a person.”

When we talk about whether a zygote/embryo/fetus is a person, this is what we’re talking about. Does a fetus have the right to be counted in the census? Does it have the responsibility to produce a passport when travelling overseas? While a fetus is still a fetus, the answer to these questions is a resounding NO.

4) A zygote is a new organism at fertilization.

One of the most common arguments that the anti-choice movement pulls out is “Life begins at conception/ a zygote has its own DNA.” And one of the absolute worst responses that I have seen come from the pro-choice movement is “yeah, but half that DNA is the pregnant person’s.” This is absolutely irrelevant. A four-year-old’s genome is also a 50:50 mix of each parent and any anti-choicer worth their salt is going to recognize that.

A better response to “life begins at conception” is that life began about four billion years ago, and it hasn’t ended since! That zygote came from two gametes that were entirely alive, and those came from precursor cells in each parent that were also alive. And if you trace those cell lines back far enough, each parent came from a live zygote which came from live gametes… etc. Life began with the first cells on Earth and has persisted ever since. Fertilization is not magical or special.

And of course, if they argue about genomic DNA content, you can refer back to “what is a person?”

5) Persons do not have the right to use other persons’ bodies without consent

This is really the crux of the pro-choice stance, and it holds even when we play the “personhood game” and let anti-choicers believe that zygotes are people with all of the rights and responsibilities of born persons.

We do not force individuals to donate fluids, tissues, or organs to sustain the lives of others, even when the potential recipients will die without a donation. We do not force individuals to serve as living dialysis machines or respirators for anyone after birth, so why are fetuses so special?

At this point, you may get a feeble “but abortion destroys the fetus, it doesn’t just end the connection between the host and the recipient!” And that’s true. This is because our current medical technology cannot sustain the life of an infant born before 24-ish weeks gestation (which means that more than 99% of aborted fetuses are not viable), so our current abortion techniques are not really designed to produce a whole embryo or fetus.

But you can ask your anti-choicer, “Would it bother you less if we did remove a whole embryo and let it die from lack of sustenance?” Because according to the argument they just gave you, it should.

6) Consent to sex is not consent to pregnancy

If you haven’t managed to shut down your anti-choicer by now, they will probably fall back on that tried-and-true mantra, “Don’t spread your legs if you don’t want a baby!” (sourced to prove that this is not a strawman argument). I have had many an anti argue that the difference between saying “No, you may not have my body” to your sister with kidney failure and saying “No, you may not have my body” to an embryo is that you did not put your sister in a dependent position by being a slutty, slutty, slut.

This is obviously a bad argument because it lends itself to some rather silly corrolaries like “if you don’t want to drown, don’t live in a coastal region.” Bring the argument back to the issue at hand: does “being a slut” mean you give up your right to bodily autonomy? And how, exactly, does that happen? Should parents be required to donate organs to their born children?

7) Try not to fall back on “What about rape?”

Anti-choicers in general are pretty insensitive people- they want to tell other people what to do with their bodies. But anti-choicers that advocate forcing survivors of sexual assault to continue a resulting pregnancy are the scum of the earth. It is easy to jump on an anti waving the “don’t spread your legs!!!” flag with “what about rape?”

But when the argument shifts to rape, it ignores all of the pregnant people who had consensual sex and have an equal right to not be pregnant, and it takes the discussion away from the consent and focuses it squarely on the sex. And that is exactly what that anti-choicer wants.

8) Keep your cool and remember that Guttmacher.org exists for a reason

As a pro-choice activist, you will encounter some really inane shit from anti-choicers. It may range from “abortion causes breast cancer and/or PTSD!” (it doesn’t) to “birth control pills cause abortion!” (they don’t) to “back-alley abortion is a myth!” (it’s not). Just remember that there is a peer-reviewed, scientifically sound source to counter every claim and use Google to whip it out. You don’t need to resort to threatening or yelling at the anti, because they’re guaranteed to get really angry eventually. And when that happens, you can just laugh.

*Edited because I know the difference between an “m” and a “b,” I promise.

May 5 '12
May 1 '12
Apr 30 '12
"The [Oklahoma] state Supreme Court ruled Monday that a proposed ballot issue that would define a fertilized human egg as a person is unconstitutional.

The vote of the nine-member court was unanimous. They ruled the proposal was “void on its face and it is hereby stricken.”"
Apr 24 '12
Apr 16 '12

This woman is fantastic. That man-child is a douche.

Here’s the video: