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1 year ago
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provoice:

the-enchanted-story-of-us:

This breaks my heart. Please reblog.

False.

This^ is what you look like at 12 weeks in the womb. This photo will not “save a life” - it only shames women who have had an abortion. And that’s not cool, bro.

provoice:

the-enchanted-story-of-us:

This breaks my heart. Please reblog.

False.

image

This^ is what you look like at 12 weeks in the womb. This photo will not “save a life” - it only shames women who have had an abortion. And that’s not cool, bro.

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2 years ago
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IDAHO ANTI-ABORTION BILL COULD SEND WOMEN SEEKING ABORTIONS TO CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS | Like lawmakers across the U.S., Idaho legislators are considering a bill requiring women to receive an ultrasound before having an abortion, which could add up to $200 to the cost of the procedure for women. But one requirement in the legislation is for the state to post a list of clinics that provide free ultrasounds. It’s expected that most of the organizations listed will be crisis pregnancy centers, known for deceptive tactics to try to stop women from having abortions. But the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Chuck Winder (R), has no issue with codifying the deceitful tactics because the point of the ultrasound bill is “to convince a woman not to go through with abortions.”

*pregnant people, not just cis women.

RAGE. Oh god. Fucking rage.

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2 years ago
prochoice reproductive justice Uterati Wiki Project
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#Uterati Wiki Project: Taking Back Women’s Rights State-by-State

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keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

Taking back reproductive rights. 

This is so needed. Thanks, ABL.

This looks like it could be interesting. I think it would be really beneficial to have all legislative attacks against reproductive rights consolidated in one place because keeping track of them all can be overwhelming. Although, as with all things that come out of the mainstream, I’m going to give it conditional support and a partial side-eye for now. 

Oh, I am so going to take part in this.

(Source: angryblacklady)

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2 years ago
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Welcome to Until Anti-Choice Bigotry Ends.

untilantichoicebigotryends:

Pledge what you are willing to give up until anti-choice bigotry ends. 

Submit to us HERE a written piece, a photo, a voice recording, or a video of your pledge (Read the guidelines as to what you should submit and how to format it here).

Thank you.

Sincerely,

UNTIL ANTI-CHOICE BIGOTRY ENDS.

[Image: animated gif of Daniel Radcliffe saying “OH MY GOD” in a rather awed way. End description.]

That is absolutely amazing. Signal boost!

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2 years ago
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[TW: rape, child abuse] Childbirth and pregnancy can reopen sexual abuse wounds

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bebinn:

jenniferthorsondoula:

If you or your partner are survivors of sexual abuse, take time to consider how that will affect your birth experience.

This article hit me hard. Reproductive health and rights activists, please take the time to read it.

Her new baby had nothing to do with what happened to her when she was a small child, she thought. Yet, surprisingly and on a level that she couldn’t reason with, the idea of childbirth awoke all of these old feelings: lying on a bed screaming, vulnerable and not fully in control, surrounded by people who were supposed to take care of her.

Ashley realized this experience was going to be a turning point for her. Either childbirth was going to finally heal her old scars, or it was going to retraumatize her.

She chose healing[…]

Many women struggle with pelvic exams, breastfeeding, the lack of control, being tethered to machines, drugs that can make their brains foggy, male doctors and nurses, people entering their rooms without permission, or even the extra attention to body parts that have been ignored or are the center of confused or negative emotions.

Many survivors experience a disconnect between their mind and body, and that new awareness of the body can be a trigger, says Rachael Uris, a psychotherapist in Boulder who specializes in childhood sexual abuse[…]

For others, like Ashley, simply lying down while others “do things” to you — not feeling like an active participant in the process — felt too parallel to the trauma she survived.

Uris says some mothers struggle with the feeling of someone else “occupying” their body.

Male survivors may have their own set of stresses. They may fear for their partners’ safety, become overly protective, not feel comfortable with watching pelvic exams or even fall into a panic attack at the sounds and sights of a normal delivery, experts say[…]

The most important thing Shelley recommends is having a trained and trusted expert, like a doula, at your birth, “so when something we never could have predicted comes up, there’s someone you trust who you can look at and get your support through.”

“I want women to know that it’s possible to basically have a redo, for them to experience an empowered, choiceful experience that’s intense, but that they get to call the shots on,” she says.

This applies to every pregnant person and their partner, not just men and women.

I found some more helpful information on this when I was doing my pregnancy “inconvenience” post for those who are interested. 

For the next time someone tries to pass pregnancy off as a walk in the park, as “just nine months” of your life you’ll never get back.

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2 years ago
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This Woman’s Tale Of Ordering Abortion Drugs On The Internet Is The Most Depressing Story Ever

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Excerpt:

Last Christmas Eve, a 32 year old Idaho woman took RU-486 in an attempt to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. This January, police found the fetal remains on her property and charged her with inducing her own abortion, a crime in the state. The case was dismissed due to lack of evidence, but not before everyone in town ostracized the woman for her acts. Now, some state officials want the authority to charge the woman again, and they’re prepared to use the case as a means to issue another challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court. And we just won Depressing Abortion Story Bingo.

Newsweek’s Nancy Haas reports on the story of Jennie Linn McCormack, a tale that has all the makings of the feel-bad movie of the year.

McCormack already had three children when she discovered that she was pregnant a fourth time. The man who impregnated her had been sent to jail on robbery charges, she was living in a tiny apartment in southeastern Idaho, and had no job. She would have had to drive five hours round trip in order to get to Salt Lake City, Utah, the nearest clinic where abortion is offered. And because Utah requires a waiting period before a woman’s allowed to terminate a pregnancy and McCormack already had three kids, she couldn’t swing the logistics of ten hours in the car in order to pick up two measly pills. Her solution was to ask her sister in Mississippi to order it over the internet for her. When the pills arrived in the mail, Jennie McCormack attempted to induce her own abortion.

According to Newsweek, the abortion pill RU-486 has gained in popularity in recent years, not because taking pills is super fun, but because pro-life activists scare the shit out of people.

The proliferation of sites providing the drugs coincides with the pro-life movement’s highly effective protests and attacks on physicians, clinics, and health-care groups that offer abortions. The number of Planned Parenthood affiliates has been cut in half since 1987, to fewer than 100. Almost 90 percent of counties in the U.S. and 98 percent of rural counties have no abortion services. Many clinics in states where local physicians are pressured not to perform abortions now fly in doctors from out of state to provide abortions, says Melanie Zurek, the executive director of the Abortion Access Project, a Boston-based group that offers training and support to doctors and health organizations.

A 2007 Supreme Court ruling that paved the way for states to enact stricter late-term abortion regulations further drove women like McCormack to obtain terminations in a way that attempts to circumvent that regulation. When the going gets tough, the tough go to the internet for what they need.

[So you attack doctors and patients to the point where they’re all terrified, you make legal safe abortion unaffordable and inaccessible so early abortions are impossible, you enact restrictive laws which make later term abortions also impossible, you drive abortion methods underground so vulnerable pregnant people are buying pills online, and then you have the nerve to be both shocked and hell-bent on prosecuting this woman? GTFO.]

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2 years ago
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The Special Investigations Division of The U.S. House of Representatives tackled down three of the most popular abortion myths dished out by Pregnancy Resource Centers, also known as Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

stfuprolife:

  1. Abortion significantly increases your risk of breast cancer, there is a direct link:
    FALSE.

  2. Abortion increases your risk of infertility:
    FALSE 

  3. Abortion will cause severe negative mental health issues:
    FALSE 


It’s stuff we already know but I felt that it needed to be posted.

Conclusion of this article:

“Pregnant teenagers and women turn to federally funded pregnancy resource centers for 

advice and counseling at a difficult time in their lives.  These centers, however, 

frequently fail to provide medically accurate information.  The vast majority of 

pregnancy centers contacted in this investigation misrepresented the medical 

consequences of abortion, often grossly exaggerating the risks.  This tactic may be 

effective in frightening pregnant teenagers and women and discouraging abortion.  But it 

denies the teenagers and women vital health information, prevents them from making an 

informed decision, and is not an accepted public health practice. ”   
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2 years ago
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“Planned Parenthood has been my go-to place since college,” she says. “When I got to my appointment I laid out my situation for the social worker. She was amazing. One of things I remember most vividly is her telling me that I couldn’t make a wrong decision. It was the first time anyone had said this to me. She was telling me that either way—having a baby or having an abortion—was okay. She didn’t tell me what I should or shouldn’t do, but instead helped me think about the issues. As I talked I understood that my problem was not the pregnancy but the relationship I was in. By listening and not judging me the counselor helped me clarify what I had to do: Abort the father, keep the baby.”

Almash’s speech is salted with adjectives: Great, helpful, compassionate. That’s why, she continues, she gets so riled up when conservative politicians condemn Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health providers. “I want these legislators to know that my three-year-old is here, not despite, but because of, Planned Parenthood.”

Indeed, comprehensive options counseling—to help women determine whether abortion, adoption, or childbearing is right for them—is deeply woven into the care offered at women’s health facilities throughout the United States.

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2 years ago
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About that fetal testimony in Ohio…

prolongedeyecontact:

The fetal test has come and gone with a quiet flop. They didn’t actually have a 5-week pregnant woman to test, and it failed to work for a 9 week fetus.

Two young mothers were given ultrasounds in a packed room at the Statehouse as part of a House committee meeting Wednesday. The heartbeat of a fetus at 15 weeks gestation was easily detected. The heartbeat in a fetus of nine weeks gestation was difficult to detect.

But have no fear! The technology will inevitably improve, and they’ll be able to detect heartbeats earlier and earlier. And then they’ll figure out how to test for expression of heart-specific proteins, and we’ll be able to recognize its presence before it begins to beat. And then some brilliant ideologue will notice that the genes for heart specification are present at fertilization and before, and we’ll be right down to defending every sperm as containing the germ of a beating heart, and deserving of love and protection and reverence, exactly as god intended.

And the heartbeats of women can be ignored again, also as god intended. Shut up, lady! I hear your heart pounding, and the Lord demands your silence!

(via Plunderbund)

[This post is from earlier this year but it’s funny and unfortunately still relevant as states are still trying to push these pseudo-science bills.]

Perfect commentary is perfect, and I’m so glad this didn’t work out. 

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2 years ago
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Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) 

Mississippi Appendectomy
Peace to Ms Hamer and all the Black, Native American and Latin Woman who were subjected to forced sterilization.

MS Fannie Lou Hamer was a Wife, Daughter, Black Activist, A major figure in the civil rights movement and…a victim. 

Back in 1961 Fannie Lou was diagnosed with a small uterine tumor. She checked into the Sunflower City Hospital to have it removed. Without her knowledge or consent, without any indication of medical necessity, the operating physician took the liberty of performing a complete hysterectomy.

Three years later, as a leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Ms. Hamer spoke about her experience to an audience in Washington D.C. – telling them that she was one of many black women in her area that had been a victim of a “Mississippi appendectomy” (an unwanted, unrequested and unwarranted hysterectomy given to poor and unsuspecting Black women). According to research, 60% of the black women in Sunflower County, Mississippi were subjected to postpartum sterilizations at Sunflower City Hospital without their permission.

A number of physicians who examined these women after the procedure was performed confirm that the practice of sterilizing Southern Black women through trickery or deceit was widespread.
 
But it does not end there. The forced sterilization of black women got its start during slavery, but has persisted in less overt forms in recent years. A 1991 experiment that implanted the now-defunct birth control device Norplant into African American teenagers in Baltimore was applauded by some observers as a way to “reduce the underclass.

Dr. Lester Hibbard of L.A. County Hospital admits in 1972 that vaginal tubal ligations were sometimes selected over abdominal tubal ligations because of their “instructional value,” even though the vaginal procedure often led to serious complications.

According to the acting director of a municipal hospital in New York City in 1975, “In most major teaching hospitals in New York City, it is the unwritten policy to do elective hysterectomies on poor, Black, and Puerto Rican women with minimal indications, to train residents … at least 10% of gynecological surgery in New York is done on this basis. And 99% of this is done on Blacks and Puerto Rican women.”

During the late 1960s and the early 1970s, a policy of involuntary surgical sterilization was imposed upon Native American women in the United States, usually without their knowledge or consent, by the federally funded Indian Health Service (IHS), then run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). It is alleged that the existence of the sterilization program was discovered by members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) during its occupation of the BIA headquarters in 1972. A 1974 study by Women of All Red Nations (WARN), concluded that as many as 42 percent of all American Indian women of childbearing age had, by that point, been sterilized without their consent.

A subsequent investigation was conducted by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), though it was restricted to only four of the many IHS facilities nationwide and examined only the years 1973 to 1976. The GAO study showed that 3,406 involuntary sterilizations were performed in these four IHS hospitals during this three-year period. Consequently, the IHS was transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services in 1978.

by Serena Sebring 

Forced sterilization of BLACK, NATIVE AMERICAN, AND PUERTO RICAN women. Yet another affirmation of why it is important for minorities to unite and fight for one another.

^^^THIS^^^ This is what the “Black Genocide” anti-choice billboard campaigns are trying to trigger. 1971, 1976, 1991, this happened to women who are still alive to warn against it. We need to know the history so we can combat the propaganda.

Thanks to melissakins for reblogging where I would see it.

And would you look at that? Planned Parenthood has nothing to do with it whatever. Anti-choicers, get a grip.