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Once upon a time, one Republican Senator had a semi-kinky girlfriend who shouted out “you own that pussy!” in the middle of sex. This resulted in Mr. Senator calling up his other Republican Senator buddies saying, “Yo, dude, did you know that we own all women’s vaginas?” Not wanting to miss up on an opportunity to be misogynists, his political buddies all agreed forcefully. And that, children is why Republicans try to control all aspects of women’s health.
Thou Shalt Think for Yourselves: Anonymous asked: So I have a odd question. I stumbled upon your tumblr because of your lovely bearded photo and saw that... ›
hm, thank you for the kind words and the very interesting question.
let’s get started shall we? I’ll approach this from the scientific part, and will attempt to be as factual and objective as possible along with understandable and accessible to most people, so you can…
I don’t understand how anyone, but white anti-choicers first and foremost, can talk about abortion as “war on black children” with a straight face while actual black children are being gunned down in the streets and pregnant black women are being tasered by police and black mothers are being vilified for any and all of their choices and circumstances.
but who was phone?
If a human can make a sandwich, a platypus can make a sandwich, because they both have nerves.
Oh wait, let me try one! If an adult can drive a car, then a newborn can drive a car…because… checkmate!!1
(I don’t think you’re very good at this OP)
If an adult can drive a car, A FETUS can drive a car, thank you very much.
If a trained doctor can do brain surgery, so can a fetus!
if a person can drive at 16, a fetus can drive at 4 weeks.
How can someone stand behind abortion, when you have a life inside of you that God created for you? How can you say that this life isn’t worth it? If you can’t take care of the baby for whatever circumstances than there is always adoption available to couples who can’t conceive, but still want the joy of being parents. OPEN YOUR EYES! God has bigger plans for us all that we don’t even realize the picture.
Excuse me but it appears your baby is actually upside down
Did you take Sex Ed freshman year because babies come out headfirst
Hi, OP! As someone who was given up for adoption, allow me to call bullshit on your little post there! You see, when I was adopted, I was a white-skinned, healthy, neurotypical infant, which basically put me at the top of the list, right underneath white-skinned, healthy, neurotypical MALE infants! There’s only one kind of infant people wanted to adopt more than me! I was SOOO lucky! But if you actually bothered to look at the information readily available on the interwebs, you would be aware that the majority of people who are forced to rely on abortion for family planning are poor people and people of color. Of course, those two demographics intersect, thanks to the institutionalized racism of our society! Neat huh?!
Of course, even babies of color are not in high demand with couples looking to adopt. Many who do want to adopt outside their race choose to go outside the country, where laws are less strict and the process is often less expensive. Of course, most of the infants adopted this way are obtained in unscrupulous fashion, but who cares about that when you’re saving a little Korean or African baby from the horrible fate of growing up in Korea or Africa??? And all those children who have birth defects, are born with diseases or disabilities, or have other issues… WELL. Who wants to invest that kind of expense and time? Why would you adopt someone broken, LOLOL?!
Granted, there are some wonderful people who understand the system a little better, and make it a point to try and give POC and disabled children a good home. But they make up a very small fraction of potential adopters! This difference in supply and demand leaves a lot of children stuck in the foster system, where their chances of being adopted diminish with every passing year, and their chances of being physically or sexually abused INCREASE! Isn’t that wonderful?
And of course, we haven’t even talked about the person who is giving birth to the baby! I know you probably think pregnancy is a wonderful, happy time, and for some people it is, but it is also one of the greatest health risks a person can take. I love my son very much, and from the day I found out I was pregnant with him, I wanted him! But I also nearly died giving birth to him. You see, I had pre-eclampsia, the most commonly fatal birth complication in the world. My blood pressure was 180 over 130! At twenty-two years old, I was actually headed for a stroke, hah hah! How funny is that? And all it took was missing a single pre-natal appointment during which my blood pressure rose to dangerous levels and my body tried to kill both me and my son. Those seizures sure were fun, as was the emergency c-section performed without anesthetic! And being chained down while the operation was performed, because I was delirious and wouldn’t stop trying to fight off the doctors, that was a BLAST! It was great for my husband too, since he almost lost his wife and child in just forty-five minutes. You can imagine how thrilled he is at the prospect of me ever getting pregnant again. Babies are certainly cute, but pregnancy can have massive health complications, and I know it’s such a bummer, but they are PERMANENT. :( My abdominal muscles never recovered from being hacked through with a scalpel, and the flood of hormones caused by late pregnancy have changed things from heartburn (never used to have it, now, all the time!) to my emotional reactions (I cry when I see pictures of kittens now. I used to be tough). These are changes I did not ask for, cannot control, and cannot fix! And many people go through worse! I know, right? Unbelievable, but go look up the word ‘episiotomy’ and then look up ‘birth rape’ and I’m afraid you’ll find some stuff that just isn’t very shiny. Plus, the studies actually show that people who carry a baby to term, give birth, then give it up for adoption suffer HIGHER rates of post-pregnancy complications like post-partum depression and post-partum psychosis, general depression, and other mental health issues. Adoption actually isn’t good for the person giving birth at all!
I’m afraid the picture you chose to use there is also pretty disingenuous. I know, I know, it seems like nitpicking. I’m not trying to be mean! :( But that picture shows a fully developed, viable infant, and most abortions are performed when the fetus isn’t even a fetus - it’s a blastocyst. That’s just a clump of cells. Seriously! You can totally find pictures on the interwebs and they’re not even gross, LOLOL! Later-term abortions are usually performed because of health complications, though some of our intrepid state legislators are trying to change all that! They care so much about people who are pregnant, you see, that they want to force them to carry dead or dying fetuses inside them until their body either becomes infected while it rots in their tummies (this is called sepsis, and it makes people very sick, and can even kill them!), or forces it out naturally in a gush of blood and fluids! Isn’t that so caring of them? I’m so glad they’re around to make those decisions for me! And if a pregnant person is not allowed to terminate an unviable fetus, in some states, they have to carry the child to term, give birth to it, and then watch it die in their arms because its lungs weren’t developed, or its brain formed outside its skull, or any of a million possible birth defects that will kill you just as quick as lickity-split! Isn’t that wild?! Of course, these people go through terrible grief, and as I mentioned, some of them may get sick and die from not being able to abort dead or dying fetuses. But I guess that’s just A-okay with you, huh?
Basically, I think before you suggest adoption as a universal alternative, you should actually go do some research on adoption. And before you condemn abortion, you should do some research on abortions - not the stuff your church is giving you, the stuff the real doctors are saying. Go to Planned Parenthood (if they haven’t all been closed down, ROFLMAO!) and request whatever information they have on the process, the statistics of who has abortions and why… and actually, all of that is on the interwebs! Isn’t technology AMAZING?
And in closing, since I’ve been asked this question many times and I know it’s coming? Yes, I realize I am here talking to you because I was not aborted. But the thing is, if my mother had chosen abortion, I wouldn’t know the difference, so it wouldn’t matter to me. And if she decided that choice was best for her, then that choice would have been best for her, and I would never want to take that choice away from her. As it is, since I was given up for adoption, and since I have seen the statistics on how badly people who give their children up for adoption suffer, I have spent much of my adult life worrying about her, whether she’s healthy, whether she’s okay, and feeling that if she did suffer from any of the common post-birth symptoms, it is at least partially my fault, even though she made that decision on her own. Which is silly, I know, but at some point, all children have to stare down the consequences of their parents’ having them. For some, that’s poverty. For others, a life-time of their parents struggling to treat and care for a severe illness or disability. For others, it’s wondering if their mother ever got over giving them away, and wishing you could reach out and assure her that it’s okay, she doesn’t have to be haunted.
May your birth control never fail!
Sonneillonv deserves a mother fucking standing ovation here.
Reblogging because of Sonneillonv. Your google-fu is formidable!
^ All the commentary, and also: why are pro-life graphics always SO GODDAMN CREEPY???
May i remind you justin bieber is a christian?
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hey. fuck you, bieber.
No matter what you call this golden era in American legislating — the War on Women, the Imaginary War on Caterpillars, Tamponaroo — 2012 is, for better or worse, an exciting/harrowing time to have female anatomy, or to be a guy who enjoys having sexual relations with or cares about people who have female anatomy. But with so much bullshit swirling around, how do we keep it all straight? Here’s a handy state-by-state rundown of most major headache-inducing laws designed to make it more difficult for you to stay unpregnant.
For the sake of brevity (and due to the depressing enormity of this list), I’ve condensed explanations down as much as I possibly can. I’ve also limited the list to laws that have actually passed or that are still under consideration, and so laws like Idaho’s so-called “double ultrasound” bill, which died without ever being enacted, is not on the list. Since this stuff changes on the daily, this list is far from exhaustive, but if you want more information, you can find it here or here.
Anti-choice advocates here are working to closing down individual abortion clinics, most recently succeeding in launching a bullshit investigation against New Women All Women in Birmingham that resulted in the clinic’s ordered May 18th closure. NWAW’s offense, according to the Daily Kos? Having doctors with difficult-to-read handwriting.
In March, Republican Governor Sean Parnell signed a law that will begin production of“Choose Life” license plates (uh, at least the plates advocate the act of choosing? Maybe?). During the same month, the House passed a budget that would limit use of public funds for low-income women’s abortion to situations involving rape, incest, or threats to the life of the mother.
Arizona’s been rife with fuckery this year. Most noteworthy is the nation’s most extreme 20-week ban on abortion, signed into law last month by Republican governor Jan Brewer. It’s the only law of its kind in the country that measures pregnancy from a woman’s last missed period — in layman’s terms, other 20-week bans measure fetal age based on when the pregnancy was conceived, not a woman’s LMP. Since most doctors measure pregnancy by LMP, and since the 20-week scan is usually the point in a woman’s pregnancy when doctors are first able to detect many serious birth defects, Arizona’s law basically gives women facing serious fetal abnormalities zero time to decide whether or not to make the difficult decision to terminate their pregnancies. Other 20-week bans are written in such a way that a woman facing serious abnormalities in a wanted pregnancy has about 2 weeks to decide what to do before her options disappear. Arizona’s is a completely heartless law.
The state’s enacted a bill preventing “wrongful birth” lawsuits, which means that a doctor can lie to parents about the health of the fetus if s/he thinks the parents will abort due to a birth defect and theoretically be immune to lawsuits.
The state also enacted a bill enforcing “outdated FDA protocol” and limiting doctors’ freedom to utilize newer methods of medicinal abortion that are safer and produce fewer side effects.
And! A bill’s been enacted that will require that abortion providers have admitting privileges at hospitals 30 miles or less from their clinics.
Opposite high five, Arizona. (What’s the opposite of a high five? A nutsack punch?)
It’s not on the ballot yet, but “personhood” advocates are working to include a constitutional provision that defines life as beginning at the moment of conception up to a popular vote. A similar measure was roundly defeated in Mississippi last fall, and earlier this year, the Oklahoma State Supreme Court ruled that Oklahoma’s proposed personhood amendment was blatantly unconstitutional.
Sorry, laid back liberals — the stupid force is still strong here. Personhood advocates are trying to get a “life begins at conception” proposition on the ballot this fall, and anti-abortion rights activists are trying to obtain enough signatures for a ballot initiative that would require teens to get their parents involved and wait for 48 hours before having abortions, even in the case of rape an incest. Bypassing the legislative branch entirely is a great way to get shit done, I guess.
Undaunted by sound, decisive defeats in the state in both 2008 and 2010, by Mississippi’s overwhelming rejection of the idea of personhood, and by Oklahoma’s State Supreme Court dismissal of personhood laws, personhood advocates are pressing ahead with yet another personhood measure on Colorado’s ballot this November. They’re nothing if not tenacious; but then again, so are cockroaches.
Oh, Florida. The home of carnival accidents, two of my ex boyfriends, Casey Anthony, Ozzie Guillen, and gator-toy dog tragedies is also home to a host of shitty new and pending abortion restrictions. Voters in the state are actually going to vote on a provision that would eliminate women’s right to privacy, presumably in an attempt to undo the underlying reasoning behindRoe. Voters in the state will also likely be asked to determine whether or not employers should be able to determine what sort of health insurance coverage is provided to their female employees. In other words: The Blunt Amendment: Miami. (David Caruso would say, “Looks like the only people getting fucked in Florida…. are women.” Yeeeoooow.”)
Legislators considered at least seven bills designed to limit abortion rights this session, but none of them were carried to term — erm, passed.
This fall, Georgia may offer its voters the chance to vote on a “personhood” measure that would grant full human rights to fertilized eggs. It’s gone over so well everywhere else, there’s no way this could possibly go wrong!
Additionally, Georgia’s Republican Governor Nathan Deal signed a “fetal pain” law, which bans abortions on fetuses that are more than 20 weeks old on the nonfactual grounds that at that point, a fetus can feel pain. Georgia scientists are working tirelessly to ignore the fact that women can feel pain at all points of a pregnancy.
Laws granting additional funding to so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” expanding “conscience rights” of medical professionals (in Kansas, they’re calling it a “refusal clause,” and it applies mainly to abortion and contraceptive services), and another measure that at one point threatened the University of Kansas’ OB-GYN program are making their way through the state’s legislature, having passed at least one chamber. The “refusal clause” bill will allow doctors to lie to women about birth defects and withhold cancer treatment in the interest of saving the fetus. This week, the bill was stalled in the Senate.
A mandatory ultrasound law and a law restricting “telebortions” (that’s where a doctor Skypes in an prescribes RU-486 without being in the room with the patient) are both making their way through the state’s legislature.
The full Senate is set to consider a bill that would make it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion. No word on whether or not similar standards apply to coercing a woman into a pregnancy she doesn’t want!
There’s a reason the loon is the official state bird of the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Lawmakers there are busy trying to add a personhood amendment to the state’s ballot this fall, and to restrict the use of public funds for abortion services for poor women and state employees. Update: The Land of 10,000 Lakes has adjourned its legislative session with no new anti-choice bills signed into law.
The following measures have been considered in Mississippi in the last year: a heartbeat bill, which would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat could be detected, a personhood amendment, which would outlaw abortion because zygotes are totally people if the people say they are, and a bill banning “telemedicine” abortions, a bill criminalizing assisting a minor in having an abortion without her parents’ consent. Recently, Governor Bryant signed into law new regulations that threaten the existence of the state’s only remaining abortion clinic.
The following two bills may be up for public consideration in November: a bill that would only fund abortions for low-income women on public assistance if the woman’s life was in danger and force women pregnant due to rape or incest to pay for their own abortions themselves or carry the pregnancy to term, and a bill that mirrors the failed Blunt Amendment, which will allow a woman’s boss to determine whether or not contraception or abortion is covered by insurance.
The legislature also considered a bill that would have funneled $1.6 million to “crisis pregnancy centers,” which don’t provide abortion referrals but do provide proclamations that women who want abortions are hellbound and another measure that would have strengthened “conscience clauses.”
Same shit, different state. Anti-abortion rights advocates want to strengthen parental consent laws for minors and introduce a “personhood” ballot measure to voters.
Personhood advocates are working tirelessly to get another “zygotes are people, too” on the ballot here.
Live free or die… unless you’re a lady. The legislature there has considered a fetal pain law similar to Georgia’s, a ban on “partial birth” abortions (which aren’t even A Thing), a 24 hour waiting period and mandatory counseling, and a strengthening of “conscience clauses” that would allow medical professionals to refuse to assist women in abortions, among other crap.
In New Jersey, conservatives in the legislature are attempting to include on the ballot a measure that would limit the circumstances under which low-income women could use public funds to pay for abortion care. The Garden State’s constitution currently contains a provision that bars laws that mandate parental involvement in abortion, and anti-abortion rights politicians are trying to get those pesky rights removed.
North Dakotans, on June 12, you’ll have the chance to vote on Measure 3. What will happen if it passes? Your boss will be able to deny birth control coverage, just because. So vote.
What’s round at both ends and WTF in the middle? The state of Ohio. Personhood advocates there are scrambling to get enough signatures in order to get a personhood measure on this fall’s ballot. Their deadline is July 4. And lest we forget: last year, state legislatures attempted to get a fetus to testify in favor of a “heartbeat bill,” which. I can’t even.
An effort to add a “personhood” initiative to this fall’s ballot was unanimously deemed unconstitutional by the State Supreme Court back in April. In March, a state district judge ruled that the state’s mandatory ultrasound law was unconstitutional because it singled out abortion from other medical procedures, but the State of Oklahoma will likely appeal this to the State Supreme Court. Other legislative attempts to control Oklahoma’s ovaries have stalled, or fallen flat.
Hey, you west coast outdoorsy types! Did you know that your state may be considering a personhood amendment this fall? Vote, please.
There’s a 20-week abortion ban on the table here, and legislators are currently considering a bill that would make it illegal for insurance plans offered on Affordable Care Act “exchanges” to offer any sort of abortion coverage. The state Senate has also passed a bill barring private insurers from covering abortion. Woo! Small government!
A newly enacted law here mandates that women receiving pre-abortion counseling be told that they’re at higher risk for future mental health issues, even though the study that linked abortion and mental health issues has been proven false. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has also signed a bill that will bar insurance available on the state’s exchanges from covering abortion care. South Dakota women seeking abortion care are also required to visit a “crisis pregnancy center” before receiving care. CPCs are often linked to religious and anti-abortion groups.
As of July 1, women in Tennessee will no longer be able to receive prescriptions fro RU-486 via teleconference, thanks to a new law that bars the practice.
In February, a conservative judge allowed a law requiring a 24-hour waiting period and a mandatory ultrasound to go into effect. A doctor is also required to describe to the woman the image on the ultrasound screen. Because ladies are too stupid to know what a pregnancy is!
This week, 72 hour waiting period law went into effect. Previously, Utah women seeking abortions had to wait 24 hours between having an ultrasound and having a medical procedure.
The state’s “personhood” law was defeated in February, but Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, who is not a doctor or a woman, signed into law a measure requiring a 24-hour waiting period and mandating that a woman receive an ultrasound before having an abortion. Silver lining, though, ladies — she can choose not to have one of those “trans-v” wands shoved into her vagina, if she wants.
The state’s Koch puppet Governor Scott Walker signed a law limiting insurance coverage for abortion and outlawing the use of telemedicine in prescribing abortion drugs. The new law also requires health professionals to double check to make extra sure women aren’t being coerced into abortion. Again, no word on whether or not OB-GYNs will be required to check to make sure women aren’t being coerced into pregnancy or motherhood.
If you live in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, West Virginia, Washington, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, or Vermont, you’re off the hook — kind of. According to Guttmacher, those legislatures haven’t passed any terrible bills yet this session, but their session hasn’t adjourned, either, so there’s still time.
Indiana, Wyoming, Idaho, West Virginia have adjourned.
Doesn’t this just make you want to buy a box of America tampons?
People who use the “created equal” quote from the Declaration of Independence to support their views on abortion — as though “pro-life” and “pro-choice” existed in 1776 — are just as ignorant and removed from context and reason as those that quote Dr. Seuss’ “A person is a person, no matter how small.”
This is ALL the truths. Every truth in the world. Every truth in everything.
I HATE WHEN PEOPLE USE DR.SEUSS QUOTES FOR PRO-LIFE SHIT.
Seuss was an ardent pro-choicer.
No justice, no peace.
How do you know what the baby feels? You don’t therefore your argument is invalid.
Because medical science shows us when the fetus has a functioning nervous system, which is MANDATORY for any animal to feel any sense of touch, especially pain.
Tests have shown that fetal brains are not recognizing pain till week 35-37.
A fetus in the first trimester has no way to feel pain. It’s not a question of moral belief, it’s a fact of science and nature.
What Good Friday means at a Women’s Health Clinic
Wow, I’m glad that they take all these precautions, but it’s sad that they have to.
fuck people who protest places like Planned Parenthood -___- what the fuckidity fuck fuck. seriously. fuuuck.