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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Posts tagged pro choice

Apr 18 '14

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?

Apr 16 '14

Hurray for pro-choice Christians!

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!

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

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
Apr 13 '14
Apr 12 '14

Best day ever!

I went to a community meeting on sexual assault, visited a patient and family in hospice, and now I’m catching up on the Civil Liberties and Public Policy 2014 Conference on Twitter (#CLPP2014)! There is so, so much amazing stuff being tweeted about the presentations on reproductive justice. I hope everyone takes the time to look through the hashtag!

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.

Apr 11 '14

Support Abortion Access in Pennsylvania and New Jersey!

Many patients can’t afford the abortion they need, so abortion funds step up to fill the gaps.

Hello!

My name is Emily, and I work for the Women’s Centers that have clinics in Atlanta, Hartford, Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. The Women’s Centers strive to set the highest standards for abortion care and specialize in second trimester abortions and fetal anomalies.

I mostly serve the Centers in Philadelphia and South Jersey. New Jersey Medicaid covers abortions 100%, whereas Pennsylvania Medicaid will only cover the abortion if the pregnancy is a result of rape, incest, or a threat to life. The experiences of these patients are like night and day. Philadelphia patients are subjected to extreme financial and emotional hardships. There care is often delayed for weeks as they seek funds. Abortion Funds make a world of difference. Without these funds, many abortion clinics in non-Medicaid states would struggle to remain open.

I am bowling for Choice on April 29th to raise funds for the Women’s Medical Fund, a Philadelphia funding organization. My goal is to raise $150. Enough to pay for one whole ultrasound! I was wondering if you would be able to post my funding page to your website to help me reach my goal.

Click here to help Emily out! Funding Page: AdvoCats