Oh hell no.

I got someone from high school on Facebook coming into MY HOUSE with some “but consider ADOPTION” bullshit.

FREE ABORTION ON DEMAND.

choosechoice said: Your stance on pro choice midwives and OBs makes me really, really upset as a pro choice midwifery student. I value my patients. I’ve gone through pregnancy losses myself. I know how it hurts to lose a wanted pregnancy. I will do everything possible to spare my patients that pain and ensure they have a healthy pregnancy, because I value their lives and their choices. Midwifery is one of the most prochoice jobs out there, especially historically when midwives were the ones to perform abortions.

blue-author:

zhiii:

blue-author:

afunnyfeminist:

choosechoice:

prolife21:

I’m sorry, it just seems kinda weird to me that someone who is pro-choice would even want a job like that. That’s like a pro-lifer becoming an abortionist. It makes no sense.

Even so, I’m sure most pro-choicers who are midwives would hopefully act professionally and not push their views of abortion onto their patients.

It makes perfect sense- pro choice doesn’t mean “everyone should have an abortion”. It means that the pregnant person has the choice what to do with their pregnancy, whether to abort, adopt or keep it. Those last two choices are where a midwife comes in. Unlike a pro life abortionist, the pro choice midwife has no conflict with their beliefs. 

Is it also a contradiction for me to want children? For me to mourn my miscarriages? 

Do you honestly think that we want to push every pregnant person into an abortion? 

Anti-choicers want to force everyone to abide by their views, and because they’re so self-centered, they believe everyone else wants to force their beliefs on people too.

When people wish to do harm to or take something away from others, they often justify their actions by convincing themselves that it’s the other way around.

People who steal without remorse will say “It’s a dog eat dog world, they would have done the same to me.”

People who murder or assault out of hatred and bigotry claim they were protecting themselves from imminent violence.

And people who want to take away others’ bodily autonomy and right to choose convince themselves that the pro-choice movement is trying to do the same.

I would never ever see a pro-life midwife, personally.

There are good reasons not to see a medical practitioner who has an ideology that could lead them to see their patient’s health and wishes as a secondary concern.

This is why I chose insurance that was not connected to the Catholic hospital when I first came to Madison. I didn’t ever want to be forced into that situation. I would never knowingly see an anti-choice healthcare provider; I’ve had more than enough experiences of abuse and violated autonomy at the hands of doctors.

And incidentally, NOTHING reminds me of the importance of reproductive rights like actually being pregnant. During this past very much wanted, planned pregnancy, I set up recurring donations to two different abortion funds, because everyone should have full, MEANINGFUL bodily autonomy.

Obviously, people in Texas are in particular need of help.  The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity could also use your contributions.

ACTUALLY, the Carolina Abortion Fund seems to do a pretty good job of not using cissexist language on their website!

sourcedumal:

fuckinginactivity:

queenconsuelabananahammock:

athenagray:

Tweet 1: I can see a lot of people either avoiding Plan B & ending up pregnant or attempting to take multiple doses & getting sick.
Tweet 2: anyone w a credit card (not everyone, I know) can/should use ella ella-rx.com they’ll ship it overnight $45
SIGNAL BOOST. Ella is another form of emergency contraception/the morning-after pill. It’s more effective than Plan B and can be taken up to FIVE DAYS after your mishap, rather than three days. Please spread this around; with all of the anti-choice legislation flying about and how difficult it can be for some people to get Plan B even OTC (like minors, people living in small towns, etc.), this might be the only way a lot of people can get their hands on the morning-after pill.

Boooooost

I’ve also read that Ella is more effective for plus size people.

This is important. Ella works for everyone. Plan B is not effective for people over 176 pounds. Protect yourself


Ella may be less effective at a BMI of 35 or greater (~200lb for someone who is 5’4”): http://ec.princeton.edu/questions/ecobesity.htmlIt’s still more effective at higher weights than Plan B, but the only form of EC that works for EVERYONE (and prevents implantation if ovulation has already occurred) is the copper IUD.

sourcedumal:

fuckinginactivity:

queenconsuelabananahammock:

athenagray:

Tweet 1: I can see a lot of people either avoiding Plan B & ending up pregnant or attempting to take multiple doses & getting sick.

Tweet 2: anyone w a credit card (not everyone, I know) can/should use ella ella-rx.com they’ll ship it overnight $45

SIGNAL BOOST. Ella is another form of emergency contraception/the morning-after pill. It’s more effective than Plan B and can be taken up to FIVE DAYS after your mishap, rather than three days. Please spread this around; with all of the anti-choice legislation flying about and how difficult it can be for some people to get Plan B even OTC (like minors, people living in small towns, etc.), this might be the only way a lot of people can get their hands on the morning-after pill.

Boooooost

I’ve also read that Ella is more effective for plus size people.

This is important. Ella works for everyone. Plan B is not effective for people over 176 pounds. Protect yourself

Ella may be less effective at a BMI of 35 or greater (~200lb for someone who is 5’4”): http://ec.princeton.edu/questions/ecobesity.html

It’s still more effective at higher weights than Plan B, but the only form of EC that works for EVERYONE (and prevents implantation if ovulation has already occurred) is the copper IUD.

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"Pregnant women who choose not to continue their pregnancy do NOT owe it to the infertile to choose adoption. They are not brood mares for those who cannot bear their own children."

-Christine Cugino

"They are not brood mares for those who cannot bear their own children."

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There are nearly 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. Nobody is entitled to someone else’s pregnancy.

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It wouldn’t matter if there were 0 children in foster care in the United States; pregnant people still wouldn’t owe anyone shit.

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bebinn:

prochoiceamerica:

This week, the Supreme Court will debate whether anti-choice protesters should have the right to get up close to harass women outside abortion clinics. This graphic from the New York Times shows an example of a current buffer zone (the orange area on the map) designed to protect patients.  Seems pretty reasonable to us. #ProtectTheZone

Before the buffer zones, protestors and terrorists could stand outside the doors, physically blocking patients and staff from entering the building. They could disguise themselves as police officers and demand personal information from patients at the doorway, scream into patients’ faces while grabbing their arms, and worse.
The majority of clinic staff still say they fear for their patients’ safety in the face of the protestors. One former patient of Kermit Gosnell, convicted of performing deadly illegal abortions, said she visited his clinic because it had no one waiting to harass her outside.
As always, the protestors themselves have little to no self-awareness:

Ms. McCullen said she found the [buffer zone] to be intimidating, frustrating and a violation of her First Amendment rights.

Intimidating, frustrating, a violation of your rights…sounds a lot like anti-choice harassment outside clinics.
My sister used to live right by the clinic diagrammed above. Her boyfriend would routinely stop on the street to argue with the terrorists in the “protest zone,” tell them to follow the legal distance limits, etc.

bebinn:

prochoiceamerica:

This week, the Supreme Court will debate whether anti-choice protesters should have the right to get up close to harass women outside abortion clinics. 

This graphic from the New York Times shows an example of a current buffer zone (the orange area on the map) designed to protect patients.  Seems pretty reasonable to us. #ProtectTheZone

Before the buffer zones, protestors and terrorists could stand outside the doors, physically blocking patients and staff from entering the building. They could disguise themselves as police officers and demand personal information from patients at the doorway, scream into patients’ faces while grabbing their arms, and worse.

The majority of clinic staff still say they fear for their patients’ safety in the face of the protestors. One former patient of Kermit Gosnell, convicted of performing deadly illegal abortions, said she visited his clinic because it had no one waiting to harass her outside.

As always, the protestors themselves have little to no self-awareness:

Ms. McCullen said she found the [buffer zone] to be intimidating, frustrating and a violation of her First Amendment rights.

Intimidating, frustrating, a violation of your rights…sounds a lot like anti-choice harassment outside clinics.

My sister used to live right by the clinic diagrammed above. Her boyfriend would routinely stop on the street to argue with the terrorists in the “protest zone,” tell them to follow the legal distance limits, etc.

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campdracula5eva:

bebinn:

rhrealitycheck:

Scarlet Letters: Getting the History of Abortion and Contraception Right 

Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.


Reminder that records of contraception and abortion exist all the way back to 1550 BCE in ancient Egypt!
This was a really fascinating read. Until the early 19th century, abortion was legal until “quickening,” or when the pregnant person first felt the baby kick - anywhere from 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy. Society only began to condemn it when people decided white, middle- to upperclass women weren’t having enough children soon enough in their lives, and when male doctors started taking over traditionally female health care fields, like midwifery.
Yep, shockingly enough, it’s never, ever been about the life of the fetus - only about misogyny, racism, and classism (ableism, too, though the article doesn’t discuss it).

The bolded is hella important.

campdracula5eva:

bebinn:

rhrealitycheck:

Scarlet Letters: Getting the History of Abortion and Contraception Right

Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.

Reminder that records of contraception and abortion exist all the way back to 1550 BCE in ancient Egypt!

This was a really fascinating read. Until the early 19th century, abortion was legal until “quickening,” or when the pregnant person first felt the baby kick - anywhere from 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy. Society only began to condemn it when people decided white, middle- to upperclass women weren’t having enough children soon enough in their lives, and when male doctors started taking over traditionally female health care fields, like midwifery.

Yep, shockingly enough, it’s never, ever been about the life of the fetus - only about misogyny, racism, and classism (ableism, too, though the article doesn’t discuss it).

The bolded is hella important.

(Source: americanprogress.org, via karethdreams)

notpotable:

prettyboyandmoose:

1l037:

i am pro life but i recognize why we need abortion to be legal and easy
as long as everyone is educated on noth the pros AND cons of abortion
bc there are pros yes
but it DOES affect u emotionally and physically and people need to know that and have alternative options

APPLAUSE FOR YOU SIR

"as long as everyone is educated on both the pros AND cons of having a kid
bc there are pros yes
but dealing with having to raise offspring for 18+ years DOES affect u emotionally and physically and people need to know that and have alternative options”

There are certainly some people who regret having had particular abortions.  Like any other reproductive health “choice,” it can be made under coercion, whether personal (from family members or a partner) or structural (poverty, racism, etc.).

We absolutely need REAL “alternative options” for unplanned pregnancy—which means a total overhaul of our nearly non-existent social safety net: increased SNAP, straight cash benefits to low-income people, high-quality subsidized childcare and housing, federally mandated paid parental leave…  However, statistically speaking, people who experience significant negative mental health or life outcome consequences from a particular abortion are a very small minority.

People who are forced to carry unwanted pregnancies to term, however, suffer severe consequences, both in terms of mental health and life outcomes.  Their negative outcomes are the norm for forced birth.

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"Abortion is often framed as a mercy bestowed upon a woman who has committed the “crime” of having had sex. Mercy is something that someone else grants you, however, and not something you can simply decide for yourself that you deserve. That’s what people are stabbing at when they say they don’t want women to use abortion “as birth control.” The fear is that a woman might get an abortion without feeling remorseful or may, gasp, even feel like she’s entitled to it without having to apologize or grovel. Basically, people are uneasy with leaving the decision of whether or not an abortion is deserved to the woman seeking it herself. What a lot of people in the gray area between pro- and anti-choice want is for women to have to justify themselves in order to get abortions, even if it’s something as simple as making women feel ashamed of themselves for what they supposedly did wrong.

The problem with that, beyond the inherent sexism of it, is that there’s no real legal way to make women justify themselves, besides maybe making them sign a piece of paper that says, “I’m sorry I was a naughty girl who had sex. Can I please have my abortion now?” Roe v Wade sets things like time limits and Planned Parenthood v Casey says that there can be no “undue burden” to access, but the court decisions that shape abortion law don’t speak to “good” vs. “bad” reasons to have abortions, and for good reason. Abortion is medical treatment. It goes against basic medical ethics to require a patient to argue their moral worth before they are permitted access to health care they require."

Every Reason for an Abortion Is a Good Reason (via brute-reason)

THIS: "Abortion is medical treatment. It goes against basic medical ethics to require a patient to argue their moral worth before they are permitted access to health care they require."

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"Poverty is a more powerful influence on the outcome of inner-city children than gestational exposure to cocaine…"

‘Crack baby’ study ends with unexpected but clear result (via aragingquiet)

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"Forced sterilization has always targeted people considered the least valuable in our society,” Dorothy Roberts, author of Killing the Black Body, told me in a phone interview. “In the early 20th Century, that meant white immigrants, by the mid-20th century, that meant poor women, black and Puerto Rican women, and other women of color whose bodies were not seen as fit to be protected by the state."

Forced Sterilizations and the Future of the Women’s Movement (via notime4yourshit)

this is why i teach Dorothy Roberts’ book (Killing the Black Body) alongside Andrea Smith’s (Conquest)—these sterilizations are part of a much larger story of genocide in both African-American and Native communities. i think it’s notable that one of the physicians responsible for the unapproved sterilizations of woman inmates in California prisons told the press (in response to a question about the $147, 460 he charged for the procedures), “Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money…compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.” The presumption that the predominately brown & black women in California’s prison system (a) don’t want future children and are poor parents (b) are hypersexual animals incapable of utilizing more temporary birth control measures should they elect to do so (c) are going to go on and be welfare queens and ‘leeches on the government’ (rather than human beings who face discrimination in the workplace due to their race, gender, & criminal record, who also deal with inadequate childcare and rehabilitation resources) is totally dehumanizing. 

i also push people to think of the term “forced sterilization” beyond the realm of strictly tubal ligation, and put this in context of histories of environmental racism. for example, in the 1970s the US Forest Service sprayed herbicides on some Native communities in Northern California, with the full knowledge that these chemicals are toxic and cause reproductive failure; when spontaneous miscarriages continued for years, Native activists tried to hold the USFS accountable and demand they stop spraying—the USFS responded by saying that the miscarriages *must* be due to widespread drug addiction, not their chemicals. the US government KNEW their actions were causing miscarriages and fertility issues in Native communities, and continued this practice for years—how is that not forced sterilization too?

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fuckyeahfeminists:

An improvement on the NYC Teen Mom ads.

fuckyeahfeminists:

An improvement on the NYC Teen Mom ads.

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"Even when a person is dead, bodily autonomy trumps right to life. After all, they still need permission to harvest organs from a corpse to save other lives. I just think that women should at least have the same right to bodily autonomy as a corpse."

A quote I just read in relation to abortion. Very well put. 

“Body Autonomy” or “Bodily integrity” is self-determination of human beings over their own bodies. You can’t be forced to give blood, bone marrow, or any part of you to another. You can’t even have them taken from you after you die without permission. The fact that you can save a life is irrelevant, nobody can forcefully take something from you.

Yet, there are people out there who believe 50% of the population *must* give up their body for 9 months, even if there’s risk of it killing them. 

This is my new favourite “anti-choice folk are ignorant, sexist, idiots” argument. 

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