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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Posts tagged stigma

Apr 14 '14

thebicker:

homohustle:

glowcloud:

whythatsbullshit:

misandry-mermaid:

protego-et-servio:

my-unashamedly-antiabortion-blog:

Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust

"We are going to lay down to join our dead brothers and sisters from the womb, rather than donate this time and effort into helping the sentient and suffering."

Again, none of you were at immediate risk to be aborted. You’re not survivors.

Also, don’t you fucking dare appropriate the word ‘holocaust’ for your own selfish, ignorant “activism” you disgusting, anti-Semitic, misogynistic garbagebags.

I have a real problem with people appropriating the words “holocaust”, “slavery”, “genocide”, things like that. It’s just so disrespectful to actual survivors. 

Also, lol, nice protest. I’m sure pregnant women everywhere are seeing this and thinking “Y’know what, these morons lying down on the ground in red sheets…maybe I should listen to them”

hopefully u can all just lay there and never get up again

Open the door

Get on the floor

Everybody join the scumbag corps

Why are pro-lifers such unbelievable failures at any form of activism or awareness? If they aren’t performing some meaningless gesture they’re appropriating terms that don’t belong to them. You all should be embarrassed 

Statistically speaking, a number of those lying on the ground will someday get (or have already had) an abortion. I hope they find the strength and support they will need. I can’t imagine how hard it must be when the reality of your life conflicts with your moral values, and I mean that sincerely.

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 11 '14
Apr 11 '14
"

I was just 18 years old.
A college freshman with big dreams.

On the run from abuse,
fleeing from date rape
that had been masquerading as love
for the last 18 months.

My rebound relationship
got serious real quick,
with the appearance of those two pink lines.

Just days before Christmas,
panic is setting in.
I can’t have a baby,
it wasn’t in my plan.

I loved that baby,
but knew what would happen
if I brought him or her into the world.

Workin’ 50 hour weeks,
can’t afford diapers,
got too many bills to pay,
all my dreams are buried six feet under.

I am not a monster.
I am not a murderer.

I am your sister,
your daughter,
your friend.

Know that I made my choice
out of love.
Nine weeks, two days.
I loved you even then.

I love you now.
I remember you everyday.

I am not ashamed.

"

Anonymous from the 1 in 3 Campaign

Poetry is a great way to express your feelings and tell your story!

April is Abortion Well Being Month!

(via provoice)

Apr 9 '14

seachangeprogram:

Nicole Stewart talks about the five most surprising things about her abortion. She eloquently explains the connections she creates between people who’ve had abortions by sharing her own experience:

"My story has brought awareness to the plight of so many who previously suffered in silence. And together we feel stronger and less isolated…I’ve begun to understand that it is silence, far more than honesty, that we should fear. It is my greatest reward to witness the catharsis of sharing something long held inside and how it heals both the individual and the community who hears the story."

Apr 1 '14

Women Have Abortions Every Day: It’s Just One Choice

The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) was the co-winner of the Abortion Stigma Busting Video Contest, sponsored by the Abortion Care Network and the 1 in 3 Campaign. The video takes us through four women’s lives as they travel, go to school, pursue their passions, begin and end relationships, have abortions, and give birth. In one of the judges’ words:

"This short film is totally moving, simple, and philosophically powerful. Abortion occurs in the context of a whole life—and that truth (often buried) was demonstrated beautifully by seeing these quick timelines of these diverse women."

Abortion is one choice of millions people make throughout their lives. Seeing abortion in this context helps break down the mystery and stigma of one reproductive choice, and reminds us of the real people so often forgotten or misrepresented by philosophical and political debates.

Mar 28 '14

thecatenelson:

bebinn:

whocansurviveinamerica:

bebinn:

shukr-with-my-coffee:

bebinn:

Emily Letts, a patient advocate at Cherry Hill Women’s Center, is the winner of the Abortion Stigma Busting Video contest! Emily let us into the operating room during her first-trimester abortion and told us what it was like before and after making her decision.

Sponsored by the Abortion Care Network and the 1 in 3 Campaign, the contest was launched to push back against the shame and silence that keeps patients from getting the care and support they need.

(Note: This is not a graphic video - the portion in the operating room focuses solely on her face and hands.)

Wow, this is truly incredible. Thank you, Emily to making and sharing this.

While I was pregnant with both of my children, I can’t even guess as to how many birthing videos I watched on youtube, and I can’t even begin to calculate just how big on an impact it was for my births to have been able to watch other woman do what I was getting ready to do. 

I remember being comforted that birth wasn’t all screaming and horror like it is on TV. I remember watching women giving birth as gracefully as making love and wanting that sort of experience now that I knew I could have that sort of experience; that I didn’t have to be scared. 

I’ve never heard of to seen any other abortion videos like this, but I would imagine that if I were to fall pregnant again at this time or at another time in my life when more children still isn’t practical, these videos would be a great comfort to me to know that I could do this with grace. 

Yes! I have a page of written stories, but wish there were more videos, too. Abortion is shrouded in fear and mystery, and it’s not fair to patients who don’t know what to expect.

[deleted by Bébinn because stories are beautiful and haters are boring]

I had just the same kind of beautiful, caring experience because of people like her.
I was relieved after.
I don’t feel guilty.
I own it. It’s mine.
It’s hers.

This is the most important thing.

(Source: vimeo.com)

Mar 28 '14

1in3:

This is what student activism on abortion looks like! Kick ass, right? Join our crew! NOW ACCEPTING student applications! Deadline is April 15

Mar 21 '14
seachangeprogram:

We’re on the front page of Cosmopolitan, talking about how to create culture change around abortion and other stigmatized reproductive experiences. Read the whole piece here!

I love this so much, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

seachangeprogram:

We’re on the front page of Cosmopolitan, talking about how to create culture change around abortion and other stigmatized reproductive experiences. Read the whole piece here!

I love this so much, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

Mar 18 '14
"The same contempt that people have for women choosing to terminate a pregnancy and the person providing that care, I’ve seen for women who want to have natural births and for the women providing them. It’s this idea that these women are selfish and insufficiently caring about these babies. All the parallels you see with abortion."

Meet the Doctor Who Opened a Natural Birthing Center in Her Abortion Clinic

Cosmopolitan: So you willingly joined a fight where you were the target of ridicule?

Dr. Morrison: I took a lot of heat. But when you’ve been taking heat for doing abortions for so long - you know, I’m called a murderer every day I come to work. So, really, the fact that you’re mad that I won’t clamp a baby’s cord immediately at birth doesn’t really bother me.

This woman sounds awesome.

Mar 17 '14
Mar 4 '14
provoice:

"I talk because: Talking about abortion helps remove the stigma and shame. Also because of Proverbs 31:25 #whywetalk”
So! I guess I’m up first! I’ve come to realize just how important talking about abortion is - the stigma that surrounds it hurts people, and I want to see an end to that. Rather than shaming, we should be supporting. And that is why I talk.

Why do you talk about abortion? Send your submissions to provoice!

provoice:

"I talk because: Talking about abortion helps remove the stigma and shame. Also because of Proverbs 31:25 #whywetalk”

So! I guess I’m up first! I’ve come to realize just how important talking about abortion is - the stigma that surrounds it hurts people, and I want to see an end to that. Rather than shaming, we should be supporting. And that is why I talk.

Why do you talk about abortion? Send your submissions to provoice!

Mar 1 '14

thebicker:

bebinn:

The United States has a pro-life problem. Every day, clinics across the country are besieged by protestors, causing emotional distress to patients and threatening the safety and privacy of patients and clinic staff. Protestors hold gory, photoshopped or mislabeled posters, shout obscenities, pray and sing loudly, stalk patients and staff, and condemn passersby to hell for…walking past, I guess. Some students even get school credit for protesting.

One of the more egregious types of protestors is the “sidewalk counselor,” who, despite having no professional or medical training to claim the title, follows patients up and down the sidewalk, pleading with them not to enter the clinic (and perhaps instead, to visit one of their fake clinics).

At least eight abortion clinic employees have been murdered by anti-abortion extremists since the early 1990’s. Other acts of terrorism include multiple cases of attempted murder, arson, bombings, anthrax threats, stalking, death threats, and vandalism. These extremists usually participated in clinic protests before their attacks, or were associated with anti-abortion groups.

  1. Helpers of God’s Precious Infants protesting outside a clinic in New York City (via @Tracie713)
  2. Protestors outside a clinic in Englewood, New York. Clinic escorts are in neon vests (via Merle Hoffman)
  3. Rain won’t keep away the protestors outside Louisville, Kentucky’s only abortion clinic (via Every Saturday Morning)
  4. A ring of protestors surrounds the buffer zone outside the Coastal Birth Control Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (via USNews)
  5. Catholic schoolchildren pray outside Women’s Med Center in Sharonville, Ohio (via The Catholic Telegraph)
  6. Over 200 students from Virginia’s Christendom College swarm a Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C. (via LifeSiteNews)

It is completely unconscionable that pro-lifers feel the need to threaten people who are exercising their legal right to an abortion (or in many cases, their access to other reproductive healthcare, like birth control or PAP smears). Some of Kermit Gosnell’s victims testified that the reason they went to him was because they were frightened of protesters at the local legal abortion clinics. Pro-lifers: YOU ARE SCARING WOMEN INTO GETTING BUTCHERED BY UNLICENSED PRACTITIONERS. I hope that keeps you up at night.

Virtually every reason patients had to visit Gosnell was because of anti-abortion harassment and laws put in place by conservative “pro-life” politicians.

  • Poor patients, usually women of color, were there because they didn’t have access to any other health care clinics - either because anti-choicers were shutting them down, they didn’t have health care coverage, or they didn’t know how to navigate the system in a new country.
  • Without insurance coverage for abortion or universal health care, abortions can cost hundreds of dollars. Gosnell was offering them at a lower price.
  • Gosnell was performing later abortions because his patients lacked comprehensive knowledge about their bodies and contraception, and faced immense barriers to earlier care (see the above point, and look up “chasing the fee.”)
  • One of Gosnell’s patients, Davida Johnson, tried to go to Planned Parenthood, but told reporters the protesters there “just scared [her] half to death.”
  • Because of the stigma around abortion, patients were frightened to speak out about their experiences, so the clinic remained open.

So yeah, good stuff, guys. Really doing the Lord’s work.

Feb 27 '14

1in3:

Every Thursday we share abortion stories. Not just for the sake of telling stories, but because when we share our stories we help empower others to end their silence and show supporters of abortion access its OK to publicly take a stand. 

Feb 26 '14