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If white American feminist theory need not deal with the differences between us, and the resulting difference in our oppressions, then how do you deal with the fact that the women who clean your houses and tend your children while you attend conferences on feminist theory are, for the most part, poor women and women of Color? What is the theory behind racist feminism?

- Audre Lorde (via bad-dominicana)

Pro-Life? GOP Promotes Nine Out Of Ten Things That Cause Death In Unborn Children

National Review Writer Argues Women Who Have Had Abortions Should Be Hanged

Pledge a Protester!

On September 24, the repugnant “40 Days of Life” campaign kicks off across the country, and Atlanta anti-choicers have targeted the clinic our clients rely on for reproductive healthcare.

For 40 days, they’ll camp out across the street from the clinic and “lovingly” harass folks who are simply trying to exercise their reproductive rights. Does this piss you off? It pisses us off, and that’s why we’re inviting you to Pledge a Protester!

It’s simple; for every protester who shows up, you’ll pledge a set amount. Each day, we’ll count the protesters and keep you updated. When the 40 days are up, we’ll send you a note showing your impact, along with instructions for paying your pledge. All donations will support reproductive justice access through GRJAN’s abortion fund, which provides grants to folks in the southeast who can’t afford the full cost of an abortion.

The best part? Just by showing up, protesters will be supporting our efforts to make abortion accessible for low-income people.

(Source: provoice)

Tear Gas Is an Abortifacient. Why Won’t the Anti-Abortion Movement Oppose It?

artisansoulleader:

blacksupervillain:

mangoestho:

A couple of years ago, when I was newly pregnant and reporting in the West Bank, some of my local colleagues insisted that I skip covering a protest at an Israeli checkpoint. At first, I was resistant to letting pregnancy stand in the way of my work, but they knew from experience that there might be tear gas, and tear gas, they said, causes miscarriages.

They were right: though rigorous studies are few, there is evidence that tear gas is an abortifacient. In 2011, Chile temporarily suspended its use after a University of Chile studylinked it to miscarriage and fetal harm. Investigating the use of tear gas in Bahrain in 2012, Physicians for Human Rights found that local doctors were reporting increased numbers of miscarriages in exposed areas. And UN officials have connected tear gas to miscarriages in the Palestinian territories.

This means it’s likely that police in Ferguson, Missouri, have been spraying abortion-causing chemicals on crowds of civilians. Recently at TheNation.com, Dani McClain wrote about the killing of black youth as a reproductive justice issue, one that goes to the heart of the rights of parents to raise their children in peace, safety and dignity. She’s correct, of course, but if the anti-abortion movement were actually concerned about the well-being of the unborn, then the violence in Ferguson would be a pro-life issue as well.

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Oh my fucking god!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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texansforreproductiverights:

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texansforreproductiverights:

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Anon 1: Let’s review the analogy.
Consent to sex is not consent to pregnancy, like consent to driving is not consent to getting into a car accident.  If you get in a car accident, even if you caused it, it is still not consenting.  I think you’re just confused by the word “consent,” which is really scary.  
So say you caused the accident, what’s one way of not taking responsibility?  I think most of us would say that one way is to just ignore the problem and run away.  Many anti-choicers like to equate that to abortion, except that wouldn’t be right.  Getting an abortion is not equivalent to running away.  It’s taking responsibility and doing what you personally feel needs to be done.  You’re taking action.  
Anon 2: That’s the first I’ve heard of that, regarding queer couples getting preferential treatment.  I’m also hesitant in calling anti-choicers pro-birthers, because I’m both pro-abortion and pro-birthing.

Anon 1: Let’s review the analogy.

Consent to sex is not consent to pregnancy, like consent to driving is not consent to getting into a car accident.  If you get in a car accident, even if you caused it, it is still not consenting.  I think you’re just confused by the word “consent,” which is really scary.  

So say you caused the accident, what’s one way of not taking responsibility?  I think most of us would say that one way is to just ignore the problem and run away.  Many anti-choicers like to equate that to abortion, except that wouldn’t be right.  Getting an abortion is not equivalent to running away.  It’s taking responsibility and doing what you personally feel needs to be done.  You’re taking action.  

Anon 2: That’s the first I’ve heard of that, regarding queer couples getting preferential treatment.  I’m also hesitant in calling anti-choicers pro-birthers, because I’m both pro-abortion and pro-birthing.

siddharthasmama:

superqueerartsyblog:

Comic about slurs, published in the Galago magazine last summer. 

And this is really how it is. Instead of placing the onus on us and asking why we don’t say anything, ask yourselves instead why you don’t think it’s a problem that it goes unchecked.

Appalling Whispers Reveal the Ridiculous Sex Ed Lessons Schools Give Teens

Anti-Choicers Try to Demonize Miss America

Anon 1: I play a lot of video games.  I have a crap ton of comics.  I’m really into reading and writing.  I play my guitar and uke.  I try to hang out with friends who have the same social justice views that I do so I can decompress.  I take long walks with music blasting into my ears until I feel like I need google maps to get home.  I take hot (and then cold) showers.  Sushi and hot tea (consuming in general) definitely helps me feel better.  Cuddling with my partner feels freeing and safe at the same time.  All of the above makes for a really awesome day for me.  I try to do many of these things before I get back on and off this blog.  These issues are too important to me to ever let the negativity win.  It takes inherent optimism in every activist and advocate because we all share this vision of a better life for our comrades on this planet.  Thank you for that question.  It was really important for me to evaluate the things I do to stay safe and healthy, and hopefully these are some things people can get into for themselves.
Anon 2: ThePhotogFeminist was really awesome!  When it comes to reproductive justice, she knows what she’s talking about.  I’m really glad I met her.  We were just waiting in line for sushi at Union Station in Washington, DC when that happened.  It was great.  (And apparently we live in the same state?!  That’s wild.)

Anon 1: I play a lot of video games.  I have a crap ton of comics.  I’m really into reading and writing.  I play my guitar and uke.  I try to hang out with friends who have the same social justice views that I do so I can decompress.  I take long walks with music blasting into my ears until I feel like I need google maps to get home.  I take hot (and then cold) showers.  Sushi and hot tea (consuming in general) definitely helps me feel better.  Cuddling with my partner feels freeing and safe at the same time.  All of the above makes for a really awesome day for me.  I try to do many of these things before I get back on and off this blog.  These issues are too important to me to ever let the negativity win.  It takes inherent optimism in every activist and advocate because we all share this vision of a better life for our comrades on this planet.  Thank you for that question.  It was really important for me to evaluate the things I do to stay safe and healthy, and hopefully these are some things people can get into for themselves.

Anon 2: ThePhotogFeminist was really awesome!  When it comes to reproductive justice, she knows what she’s talking about.  I’m really glad I met her.  We were just waiting in line for sushi at Union Station in Washington, DC when that happened.  It was great.  (And apparently we live in the same state?!  That’s wild.)

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g-l-i-t-t-e-r:

twosloppabottomoshoes:

stfuprolifers:

Saw a blog today that claimed it was “Pro-Human Rights, Pro-Equality, Anti-Abortion,” and it made me laugh so hard.

If you’re anti-abortion, then you’re anti-equality and anti-human rights.

When you give a fetus rights to someone else’s…

Not mention that by giving fetuses the use of a person’s body without her consent, you are not only giving the fetus more rights than the person carrying it, but also that fetus has more rights than LITERALLY EVERY OTHER PERSON IN SOCIETY. Even dead people are not required to give of their bodies to support another’s life. So fetuses would have more rights than any already living person, and people with uteruses would have fewer rights than dead people. Please draw that out in a pyramid and tell me how ridiculous it feels putting fetuses at the top.

^This.  I said that in my original post but it definitely needs to be reiterated with the fire you had.  Thank you for the passionate reblog.  It was awesome.

American Healthcare Is So Bad for Women of Color It May Violate the UN Convention

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So having a discussion on abortion and birth control and stuff on FB, and someone comes in and share this link. The link basically draws an analogy of abusing animals to be like having an abortion. (The intent is that Christians cannot be “pro-abortion,” and it attacks Planned Parenthood, and so on.)

I objected to the analogies, of course, as animals don’t require use of another person’s body to survive, but I’m wondering - what have people found to be the best ways to refute analogies of that sort?

To start, I mention that these kinds of analogies are logical fallacies.  And from your objection, you made it clear why it’s a logical fallacy.

The main factors of what makes a false analogy:

  1. How relevant are the two cases to each other?
  2. How similar are they exactly?

Obviously animal abuse and abortion rights are not relevant to one another and they’re not similar at all, for reasons you’ve obviously pointed out.

You can also bring up a stronger analogy, one that is relevant and similar. I would also simplify the concept of bodily autonomy through analogy.  That would help. 

Followers, please feel free to share your own personal tactics in dealing with this. :)