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bebinn:

beautyofgrea:

prochoiceamerica:

Courts keep striking them down, yet states keep passing 20-week abortion bans. Mississippi might be next.

Can someone explain to me, in a nonviolent or attacking manner, why a twenty week ban on abortion is unacceptable?
You have twenty weeks, half of your pregnancy, to find out and decide on whether you want a child. Between 17-20 weeks, you can normally feel the child moving inside of you.
Why is a time limit unacceptable?
I am pro-choice but when you’ve chosen to let the child develop to a certain point, you don’t get to decide last minute to just evacuate it.

There are lots of reasons someone might get a later abortion! I have a list written up somewhere:
Denial of pregnancy (especially powerful after rape or incest, or in abusive situations)
No symptoms of pregnancy
No recognition of pregnancy symptoms
Raising money (look up “chasing the fee”)
Arranging transportation
Arranging care for dependents
Getting time off work (if it’s even possible)
State-mandated waiting periods
Misinformation and delays by crisis pregnancy centers
Dealing with the physical and psychological aftermath of rape
Obtaining parental consent or getting a judicial bypass
Unexpected life changes (losing a job, a home, insurance, a significant other)
Health concerns in the pregnant person or fetus that aren’t detected until later in the pregnancy
Any one of those on their own is an obstacle, but most of the time you’ll find more than one in play. So it’s not that people are just ambivalently twiddling their thumbs for 20 weeks, it’s a combination of a lot of different problems and holdups.

bebinn:

beautyofgrea:

prochoiceamerica:

Courts keep striking them down, yet states keep passing 20-week abortion bans. Mississippi might be next.

Can someone explain to me, in a nonviolent or attacking manner, why a twenty week ban on abortion is unacceptable?

You have twenty weeks, half of your pregnancy, to find out and decide on whether you want a child. Between 17-20 weeks, you can normally feel the child moving inside of you.

Why is a time limit unacceptable?

I am pro-choice but when you’ve chosen to let the child develop to a certain point, you don’t get to decide last minute to just evacuate it.

There are lots of reasons someone might get a later abortion! I have a list written up somewhere:

  • Denial of pregnancy (especially powerful after rape or incest, or in abusive situations)
  • No symptoms of pregnancy
  • No recognition of pregnancy symptoms
  • Raising money (look up “chasing the fee”)
  • Arranging transportation
  • Arranging care for dependents
  • Getting time off work (if it’s even possible)
  • State-mandated waiting periods
  • Misinformation and delays by crisis pregnancy centers
  • Dealing with the physical and psychological aftermath of rape
  • Obtaining parental consent or getting a judicial bypass
  • Unexpected life changes (losing a job, a home, insurance, a significant other)
  • Health concerns in the pregnant person or fetus that aren’t detected until later in the pregnancy

Any one of those on their own is an obstacle, but most of the time you’ll find more than one in play. So it’s not that people are just ambivalently twiddling their thumbs for 20 weeks, it’s a combination of a lot of different problems and holdups.

Thanks for sharing your rant!  There’s nothing wrong with people requiring some religious or spiritual support, but I can totally understand what you’re saying and where you’re coming from.  Pregnant people (whether their pregnancy is intended, unintended, or just completely unwanted) need help, not abuse that’s so often given to them by anti-choicers.

Thanks for sharing your rant!  There’s nothing wrong with people requiring some religious or spiritual support, but I can totally understand what you’re saying and where you’re coming from.  Pregnant people (whether their pregnancy is intended, unintended, or just completely unwanted) need help, not abuse that’s so often given to them by anti-choicers.

sexyrockerbitch:

stfuprolifers:

We can’t know someone else’s circumstances and we shouldn’t make their decisions. I believe abortion should remain legal, and women should be able to get safe abortion care.

I will help build a culture of empathy, justice, and support for access to abortion care and for the 1 in 3 women who will have an abortion in her lifetime. I pledge to help protect access to safe abortion care in my community.

PLEASE REBLOG AND SIGN HERE!

After signing, you can also choose to sign up for reproductive and sexual health information and activism opportunities!

Ummm no!  If these circumstances are so bad they can give it up for adoption!

You could have simply chosen to not sign the pledge in support of social justice.  You are free to your opinion.  But keep in mind that giving a child up for adoption is an alternative to unwanted parenthood, not an unwanted pregnancy.  You are quick to disregard the experiences of the person who would actually be going through this, which is the pregnant person.  You don’t just get pregnant and frivolously decide to give a child up for adoption.  There’s nine months that you haven’t thought of.  There are tons of risks and complications that may arise during a pregnancy that I bet you’ve forgotten.  

No one should be forced into remaining pregnant and then giving birth.  It is literally considered a form of torture.

"If these circumstances are so bad," we should be changing them, not punishing people who need help.

According to the World Health Organization, banning or restricting abortion only deteriorates women’s health, and I imagine that it wouldn’t just be women but anyone who has the ability to get pregnant.  The World Health Organization says, “When abortion is made legal, safe, and easily accessible, women’s health rapidly improves.”

We also know that in states that have a high number of restrictions on abortion, these states also have very low indicators of infant and child well-being.  Infants and children actually fare better in states where abortion is not as restricted. [source]

We should not make decisions for others.  Abortion should be available to people who need it.

We can’t know someone else’s circumstances and we shouldn’t make their decisions. I believe abortion should remain legal, and women should be able to get safe abortion care.

I will help build a culture of empathy, justice, and support for access to abortion care and for the 1 in 3 women who will have an abortion in her lifetime. I pledge to help protect access to safe abortion care in my community.

PLEASE REBLOG AND SIGN HERE!

After signing, you can also choose to sign up for reproductive and sexual health information and activism opportunities!

A DOULA STORY

This one hour documentary is currently available on Netflix!  

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I had an abortion yesterday. I'm cramping and I feel yucky, but I'm so relieved. I'm getting an IUD inserted at my follow-up appointment so I'll never have to go through this again. I'm very sure that I was right, but I also feel marked by stigma.

Anonymous

Thanks for sharing!  It’s brave.

Here are some places you can also share your story (also listed in references):

I’m Not Sorry

Exhale

ProVoice Support Blog

Hope After Abortion

The Thoughts Room

Backline

My Abortion, My Life

And of course, you are always welcome to inbox this page.

Thank you both for the support!
To Anon 1, no one should dispute whether or not an embryo or fetus is alive.  This is inarguable.  People are always more eager to listen when there’s some common ground, and since this point is actually correct, there’s no need to argue it.  But the abortion debate shouldn’t surround the life point.  It’s about bodily autonomy, which is something that would be sacrificed if fetuses are granted the ability to use someone else’s body without constant consent—a right that currently no one else possesses.  Even corpses require consent before legally obtaining any of their parts.  To ban or restrict abortion is like telling those who are able to become pregnant that their value is below those who are dead.

Thank you both for the support!

To Anon 1, no one should dispute whether or not an embryo or fetus is alive.  This is inarguable.  People are always more eager to listen when there’s some common ground, and since this point is actually correct, there’s no need to argue it.  But the abortion debate shouldn’t surround the life point.  It’s about bodily autonomy, which is something that would be sacrificed if fetuses are granted the ability to use someone else’s body without constant consent—a right that currently no one else possesses.  Even corpses require consent before legally obtaining any of their parts.  To ban or restrict abortion is like telling those who are able to become pregnant that their value is below those who are dead.

Thank you for posting!

Thank you for posting!

Help Me Raise Funds for Abortion Access!

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.

http://bowlathon.nnaf.org/nnafbowl/participantpage.asp?fundid=2057&uid=8011&role=1

Thank You for all you do! 

bebinn:

maxlibertarios:

feministballerina:

malonetaylor:

Did you know? It’s your RIGHT to access reproductive healthcare without being intimidated or terrorized.

People need to see this. 

Actually that is incorrect. You have the right to an abortion but not the right for other people not to try to talk you out of it or give you their opinions on your decision
Now if someone was threatening to hurt you then yes, but you don’t have the right to not feel embarrassed or ashamed of your actions

"The act of intimidating those attempting to seek reproductive health care services is a violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act of 1994.”
The FACE Act of 1994 prohibits the use or threat of physical force or obstruction to injure, intimidate, or interfere with someone who is accessing reproductive health services, or to attempt it. It was written in response to an escalation of violence against clinic staff and patients, including murders, kidnappings, arson, bombings, anthrax threats, vandalism, and trespassing.
What is historical context and reading comprehension? We just don’t know.

bebinn:

maxlibertarios:

feministballerina:

malonetaylor:

Did you know? It’s your RIGHT to access reproductive healthcare without being intimidated or terrorized.

People need to see this. 

Actually that is incorrect. You have the right to an abortion but not the right for other people not to try to talk you out of it or give you their opinions on your decision

Now if someone was threatening to hurt you then yes, but you don’t have the right to not feel embarrassed or ashamed of your actions

"The act of intimidating those attempting to seek reproductive health care services is a violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act of 1994.”

The FACE Act of 1994 prohibits the use or threat of physical force or obstruction to injure, intimidate, or interfere with someone who is accessing reproductive health services, or to attempt it. It was written in response to an escalation of violence against clinic staff and patients, including murders, kidnappings, arson, bombings, anthrax threats, vandalism, and trespassing.

What is historical context and reading comprehension? We just don’t know.

(Source: acrowbirdandamockingbar)

Pro-choice@live.ca: Hey, everyone.  Click here for the link!
Anon: Brain waves do not necessarily mean that there is a solid pain reception for fetuses.  By week eight, not everything is fully functional.  That is when these systems start to begin.  I’ve already said this to stemandpetals, but:

All the information you need is here.  Pain reception requires conscious recognition and awareness of noxious stimulus.  Noxious stimuli requires functional thalamocortical connections, but these fibers do not appear in fetuses until 25-30 weeks.
Since you have been doing your research, maybe you’d like to tell me when the majority of abortions occur and what kind of procedures are used during that time period?  I’ll answer for you.  Almost 90% of abortions occur before 12 weeks and the usual procedures are medical (pill) or syringe suction.

Fetuses do not really feel pain and they do not think.
But I hate having to assert this because it always ends up erasing the actual person from the conversation—the person who is pregnant.  Our focus should be on them.

Pro-choice@live.ca: Hey, everyone.  Click here for the link!

Anon: Brain waves do not necessarily mean that there is a solid pain reception for fetuses.  By week eight, not everything is fully functional.  That is when these systems start to begin.  I’ve already said this to stemandpetals, but:

All the information you need is here.  Pain reception requires conscious recognition and awareness of noxious stimulus.  Noxious stimuli requires functional thalamocortical connections, but these fibers do not appear in fetuses until 25-30 weeks.

Since you have been doing your research, maybe you’d like to tell me when the majority of abortions occur and what kind of procedures are used during that time period?  I’ll answer for you.  Almost 90% of abortions occur before 12 weeks and the usual procedures are medical (pill) or syringe suction.

Fetuses do not really feel pain and they do not think.

But I hate having to assert this because it always ends up erasing the actual person from the conversation—the person who is pregnant.  Our focus should be on them.

Birth control, way back when: the 1920s-30s

bedsider:

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Modern life isn’t perfect, but there are definitely some perks—like a whole lot of options when it comes to birth control. So which methods were U.S. couples using in the days of yore, while dialing land-lines and watching Bewitched? Let’s get in the WABAC machine and find out!

UN Report Classifies Lack Of Access to Abortion as "Torture"

stfuprolifers:

United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, came out with his yearly report on torture last month. This year’s report “focuses on certain forms of abuses in health-care settings that may cross a threshold of mistreatment that is tantamount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Among other things, Méndez specifically cites lack of access to abortion.

Last year, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Reproductive Rights, Anand Grover, broke major ground by demanding the removal, without delay, of all barriers with regard to reproductive access globally, as well as granted access to contraception. In his report, Grover declared denial of access to abortion as discriminatory. Coupled with the new report from the Special Rapporteur on Torture, women’s rights activists worldwide are cheering.

In his report, Méndez, too, holds that denial of reproductive justice is discrimination on the basis of gender and denial of that right can cause “tremendous and lasting physical and emotional suffering” to women. According to the Special Rapporteur’s report, such violations include:

Abusive treatment and humiliation in institutional settings; involuntary sterilization; denial of legally available health services such as abortion and post-abortion care; forced abortions and sterilizations; female genital mutilation; violations of medical secrecy and confidentiality in health-care settings, such as denunciations of women by medical personnel when evidence of illegal abortion is found; and the practice of attempting to obtain confessions as a condition of potentially life-saving medical treatment after abortion.

[Read more: click link]

[friendly reminder: not just a women’s issue]

Just a reminder.