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UN Warns Countries With Draconian Abortion Bans That They’re Violating Human Rights

United Nations officials are urging several countries with particularly harsh abortion bans to increase legalization of the medical procedure, pointing out their current laws could be in breach of international human rights treaties…

The United Nations has long taken the stance that countries should not deprive women of their reproductive options. Previous UN reports have urged countries around the world to remove their “unnecessary barriers” to abortion, pointing out that thousands of young, poor women in developing nations are dying because of illegal abortion procedures in unsafe conditions.

This isn’t an issue that the United States is necessarily above, either. Although abortion is legal in this country, lawmakers have still imposed significant hurdles to the procedure on the state level that prevent many women from being able to exercise their reproductive rights. Perhaps the best example of that unfolding dynamic isTexas, where a harsh new law has forced half of the state’s abortion clinics to close and left thousands of women with few options. Earlier this year, a reproductive rights group took that case all the way to the United Nations, arguing that Texas has created a human rights crisis.

Pro-Life Nurse Sues Family Planning Clinic for Not Hiring Her to Do the Job She Refused to Do

aka14kgold:

nanner:

howprolifeofyou:

tl;dr: a pro-life woman applies for a nursing job at a family planning clinic that requires nurses to prescribe birth control to patients, but refused to do so because she believes that birth control = abortions. so, she’s suing them for not hiring her for a job she refuses to do. 

Well, they did take away her Jebus (and SCOTUS) granted right to shame and harass women and other people with uteruses for their reproductive choices. HOW DARE THEY?!

THIS IS SO CONFUSING

WHO THINKS THEY WILL BE HIRED FOR A JOB THAT THEY CANNOT (WILL NOT) DO

WHO THINKS THEY SHOULD GET PAID TO NOT DO A JOB

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE AND HOW DID THEY GRADUATE KINDERGARTEN

ethiopienne:

Three Reasons the Hobby Lobby Decision Is Worse for Women of Color (via Miriam Zoila Pérez, Colorlines)
You’ve probably heard that the Supreme Court laid down a pretty bad decision on Monday in the Hobby Lobby case, essentially giving some corporations the right to deny coverage of certain types of contraception to their employees based on religious freedom.
We won’t know the exact impact of this ruling until we see how many of the eligible corporations (closely-held private companies that most are interpreting based on the IRS definition that they be 50 percent owned by five or less people) actually choose to use this right given to them by the Supreme Court on Monday. Nine out of 10 businesses are estimated to be closely held, and an estimated 52 percent of private sector employees work for closely held companies. So we’re talking about a potential impact on just a few thousand employees, or a few million, depending on how many businesses choose to exercise this right. We know that in addition to Hobby Lobby, there are at least 82 other companies who’ve already been challenging the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate.
While much proverbial ink has been spilled speculating about the impact this will have, few have talked about how women of color might fare under this ruling. On its face there is nothing about this ruling that singles out women of color. But because of our political and economic realities, women of color often bare the brunt of the negative impacts of restrictions on women’s health anyway. Here are three reasons why women of color may fare worse under this decision:

1. The Cost of Birth Control
Those who can’t afford to pay for their birth control out of pocket if their employers deny coverage will face the biggest challenges. Women of color are more likely to be low-income, and also more likely to work a minimum wage job. And as Justice Ginsberg pointed out in her dissent, getting an IUD could cost as much as an entire month’s rent working at the minimum wage. And let’s not forget that contraceptives aren’t only prescribed for preventing pregnancies—they’re also used to manage severe menstrual symptoms and conditions likepolycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis. Women of color who are already struggling to make ends meet may face increased burdens. That could mean doing things like splitting one pack of pills between two women each month, as Kimberly Inez McGuire reports two Latina women living in South Texas have been doing.
Elizabeth Dawes Gay, writing at Ebony, elaborates on how this impacts black women specifically:

“In 2011, more than half of Black people were covered by private (usually employer-sponsored) health insurance, either through their own employer or that of a family member, and 57 million adult women of all races were covered through employer-sponsored insurance.  If the behavior of companies like Hobby Lobby becomes the norm rather than the exception, it could impact contraceptive access for millions of people in the U.S. and have a disproportionate impact on Black women who, with lower income and wealth on average, may not be able to afford to pay for their contraception out-of-pocket.”

Renee Bracey Sherman also wrote about how this decision could affect Black women. For Asian-American and Pacific Islander women, already low rates of contraceptive use could be even lower if this decision places another economic barrier in their way.
2. The Risks of Unplanned Pregnancy
The risks of having to carry an unintended pregnancy to term are much higher for women of color, especially black women. Black women are four times more likely to die during childbirth than white women, which means potentially being unable to prevent a pregnancy due to the financial barriers put in place by their religious employers. And it’s not just death that women of color are at higher risk for during childbirth—it’s also infant mortality, low-infant birth weight and premature delivery—all things that pose significant long-term risks to the mother and child.
3. History
Women of color have already had to deal with a long history of reproductive control at the hands of employers and the government. From slave owners’ manipulation of Black women’s reproduction, to non-consensual sterilization of Latinas in public hospitals, to welfare reform and family caps limiting the number of children welfare recipients can have, women of color have long had to fight for the right to control their own reproduction. This case just adds another layer to controlling fertility, this time at the hands of employers.
At this point it’s no longer news that those in our communities who are the most vulnerable suffer the most when increased restrictions and barriers are put into place—and pregnancy and reproduction has been a hotbed of these kinds of restrictions over the last few years. As the Obama administration figures out how they might fill the gap left by this ruling (even the majority opinion, written by Justice Alito, offers this as a solution), we have to keep in mind that women of color are once again going to be relying on a safety net to get basic needs met. And that’s a safety net with more and more holes. 

ethiopienne:

Three Reasons the Hobby Lobby Decision Is Worse for Women of Color (via Miriam Zoila Pérez, Colorlines)

You’ve probably heard that the Supreme Court laid down a pretty bad decision on Monday in the Hobby Lobby case, essentially giving some corporations the right to deny coverage of certain types of contraception to their employees based on religious freedom.

We won’t know the exact impact of this ruling until we see how many of the eligible corporations (closely-held private companies that most are interpreting based on the IRS definition that they be 50 percent owned by five or less people) actually choose to use this right given to them by the Supreme Court on Monday. Nine out of 10 businesses are estimated to be closely held, and an estimated 52 percent of private sector employees work for closely held companies. So we’re talking about a potential impact on just a few thousand employees, or a few million, depending on how many businesses choose to exercise this right. We know that in addition to Hobby Lobby, there are at least 82 other companies who’ve already been challenging the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate.

While much proverbial ink has been spilled speculating about the impact this will have, few have talked about how women of color might fare under this ruling. On its face there is nothing about this ruling that singles out women of color. But because of our political and economic realities, women of color often bare the brunt of the negative impacts of restrictions on women’s health anyway. Here are three reasons why women of color may fare worse under this decision:

1. The Cost of Birth Control

Those who can’t afford to pay for their birth control out of pocket if their employers deny coverage will face the biggest challenges. Women of color are more likely to be low-income, and also more likely to work a minimum wage job. And as Justice Ginsberg pointed out in her dissent, getting an IUD could cost as much as an entire month’s rent working at the minimum wage. And let’s not forget that contraceptives aren’t only prescribed for preventing pregnancies—they’re also used to manage severe menstrual symptoms and conditions likepolycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis. Women of color who are already struggling to make ends meet may face increased burdens. That could mean doing things like splitting one pack of pills between two women each month, as Kimberly Inez McGuire reports two Latina women living in South Texas have been doing.

Elizabeth Dawes Gay, writing at Ebony, elaborates on how this impacts black women specifically:

“In 2011, more than half of Black people were covered by private (usually employer-sponsored) health insurance, either through their own employer or that of a family member, and 57 million adult women of all races were covered through employer-sponsored insurance.  If the behavior of companies like Hobby Lobby becomes the norm rather than the exception, it could impact contraceptive access for millions of people in the U.S. and have a disproportionate impact on Black women who, with lower income and wealth on average, may not be able to afford to pay for their contraception out-of-pocket.”

Renee Bracey Sherman also wrote about how this decision could affect Black women. For Asian-American and Pacific Islander women, already low rates of contraceptive use could be even lower if this decision places another economic barrier in their way.

2. The Risks of Unplanned Pregnancy

The risks of having to carry an unintended pregnancy to term are much higher for women of color, especially black women. Black women are four times more likely to die during childbirth than white women, which means potentially being unable to prevent a pregnancy due to the financial barriers put in place by their religious employers. And it’s not just death that women of color are at higher risk for during childbirth—it’s also infant mortality, low-infant birth weight and premature delivery—all things that pose significant long-term risks to the mother and child.

3. History

Women of color have already had to deal with a long history of reproductive control at the hands of employers and the government. From slave owners’ manipulation of Black women’s reproduction, to non-consensual sterilization of Latinas in public hospitals, to welfare reform and family caps limiting the number of children welfare recipients can have, women of color have long had to fight for the right to control their own reproduction. This case just adds another layer to controlling fertility, this time at the hands of employers.

At this point it’s no longer news that those in our communities who are the most vulnerable suffer the most when increased restrictions and barriers are put into place—and pregnancy and reproduction has been a hotbed of these kinds of restrictions over the last few years. As the Obama administration figures out how they might fill the gap left by this ruling (even the majority opinion, written by Justice Alito, offers this as a solution), we have to keep in mind that women of color are once again going to be relying on a safety net to get basic needs met. And that’s a safety net with more and more holes. 

accio-sonicscrewdrivers:

I don’t understand people who aren’t pro choice like how do you think to yourself “I’m going to make a decision for a body that isn’t mine and that I know nothing about and that’s completely okay” like NO

im laughing and pissed off bc conservative politicians hate birth control but theyre completely silent about viagra help me

Anonymous

Wish I could do more.  Their complete silence about viagra is ridiculous.

Birth control, besides aid in preventing pregnancies, helps with menstrual cramping, cysts, prevent cancer, regulate periods, and can even help with breakouts.  Viagra are boner pills.

ppaction:

The Affordable Care Act’s preventive care benefit guarantees no-cost birth control in every plan. Here’s how you can get it. (via Cosmo)

i got raped at 16 had my son at 17. i am a single mom, a rape victim and a teenager still. i am pro life. i did not carry my baby because im pro life but because he is my son. i agree the government is fucked at helping anyone but just because youre pro life doesnt mean your some ignorant government supporter

Anonymous

Thank you for sharing your trauma.  I’m sorry you had to go through something like this.  But your feelings about your son doesn’t contradict my pro-choice stance.  You chose to have your son.  You were able to make a choice. That’s something I support and will always fight for.  I would fight for a person your age to continue their pregnancy if that’s what they wanted just as hard as if they wanted to end their pregnancy for whatever reason.  That’s what being pro-choice is all about.

If you need someone to talk to or need help in any way, please feel free to come by again.  Seriously.  Best wishes to you.

how is rightfully comparing a human genocide like abortion racist, sexist, or anti-semitic when i compare it to slavery, the holocaust or general sexism? it all requires for you to see these people as less than human, which is what you do when you support legalized human murder.

Anonymous

I don’t think any of it should be compared at all.  

Slavery =/= The Holocaust =/= Misogyny =/= Abortion

I also don’t consider abortion of fetuses to be human genocide.  While fetuses are human, genocide is a systematic and deliberate killing of a large group of people, most times because of ethnicity or nationality.  So, to call abortion, a medical procedure that’s sought after by individual citizens (not actual institutions of authority), a genocide is not only laughably ignorant but logically fallacious.

Why does comparing abortion to any one of these horrible things racist, misogynistic, and anti-semitic?

Because the people who experienced and are experiencing slavery, genocide, and misogyny are suffering.  They can actually feel the pain of losing friends and family and themselves. To compare abortion to any of that belittles the suffering as well as the people who are suffering.

It shows us how you view these people.

But go ahead.  If you truly feel that the victims of sexism and misogyny, genocides, and slavery—actual people—should be reduced to the level of mere fetuses, go right ahead.

Just know this:

Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace prize winning author and survivor of the Holocaust, has spoken out against these comparisons.  He is frustrated with the idea of calling a person who gets an abortion a killer.  Seriously, google this.  He’s even quoted saying that whoever compares abortion to the Holocaust has no idea what the Holocaust was.

But I venture to say that it’s more than just being ignorant about history and current issues.  It’s a combination of woeful ignorance and one’s personal perspective of what value an actual person has compared to a fetus.

Hope that answers your question.

the-elderscrolls:

Polish doctor that refused to perform abortion named a “hero”
Dr Bogdan Chazan was visited by an expecting mother (32 weeks into pregnancy), who already had 5 miscarriages before and was worried about her health. It turned out that the fetus had hydrocephalus, undeveloped brain and was missing many bones from its skull. The Doctor refused to perform an abortion and didn’t send the woman to another hospital which could do so (according to polish law, if a doctor doesn’t want to perform an abortion, he has to choose another hospital which will agree to do so). Chazan was named a “local hero” and “true warrior of Jesus in the name of life of the unborn” by many polish politicians and catholic activists. He used conscience clause as an excuse for his actions.
The woman gave birth to the child through a C-section. She and her husband spent 10 painful days watching their deformed child die a horrible death. When she finally decided to speak out, she said:
“During these 10 days, no priest, no pro life activist or even dr Chazan came to see the child, to ask if they can help. It was really hard to look at our child. We knew what was coming, but it was still very hard to cope with”
Congratulations, pro-lifers - another “life” saved, another “happy” child and “happy” family. 

Reblogging again because this is the “good” that anti-choicers do in this world.
Forsake actual people for their oppressive beliefs.
And in the end, did they even really care about the fetus or the family?
Nope.

the-elderscrolls:

Polish doctor that refused to perform abortion named a “hero”

Dr Bogdan Chazan was visited by an expecting mother (32 weeks into pregnancy), who already had 5 miscarriages before and was worried about her health. It turned out that the fetus had hydrocephalus, undeveloped brain and was missing many bones from its skull. The Doctor refused to perform an abortion and didn’t send the woman to another hospital which could do so (according to polish law, if a doctor doesn’t want to perform an abortion, he has to choose another hospital which will agree to do so). Chazan was named a “local hero” and “true warrior of Jesus in the name of life of the unborn” by many polish politicians and catholic activists. He used conscience clause as an excuse for his actions.

The woman gave birth to the child through a C-section. She and her husband spent 10 painful days watching their deformed child die a horrible death. When she finally decided to speak out, she said:

During these 10 days, no priest, no pro life activist or even dr Chazan came to see the child, to ask if they can help. It was really hard to look at our child. We knew what was coming, but it was still very hard to cope with

Congratulations, pro-lifers - another “life” saved, another “happy” child and “happy” family. 

Reblogging again because this is the “good” that anti-choicers do in this world.

Forsake actual people for their oppressive beliefs.

And in the end, did they even really care about the fetus or the family?

Nope.

I really hate when pro-lifers are like "everyone has a right to life!!!!" like please... living isnt a 'right'. If it was people could be prosecuted for not being an organ donor or a blood donor. If the right to life was a thing, then everyone would be violating it.

juliagillardgps:

your-lies-ruin-lives:

juliagillardgps:

liberscarian:

drejofvalenwood:

liberscarian:

drejofvalenwood:

your-lies-ruin-lives:

drejofvalenwood:

This just in, living is no longer a right.

This shit has just gone from stupid to downright terrifying. You guys want to run some totalitarian nation where you get to slaughter everyone who disagrees with you, that’s fine, but keep it far away from the people who were born with functioning brains.

Silly thing. We want people to have rights to their own bodies. Born people get those rights. It’s prolifers who usually cry about how people who disagree with them should go kill themselves or should have been aborted. Learn to play.

Aww, look, it’s trying to intimidate me by being condescending and childish.

It’s ok, sweetums. I can do it, too.

Living is not a right????????

????
???????????

???

APPARENTLY WE’VE BEEN DOING IT WRONG ALL THESE YEARS

Damn it, I could have been offing the people I hated all this time!!

I’m not even pro-life and

just

Hey there, the UN disagrees with you.

And you know, the following countries.

  • Afghanistan
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Burma
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Canada
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba

(SNIP)

They all disagree with your anti-life bullshit. :)

Hey there! You’re actually wrong. The United Nations included that denial of abortion access is recognized as a form of torture. ;) 

Did you try? 

Which is in direct contradiction to article 3 of the UN DHR. Which is a document signed by the representatives of most countries — rather than a report by one J Mendez, who is a lawyer — not an ethicist or medical professional. Try harder next time.

The UN DHR doesn’t make a distinction for these rights at conception.  That was your personal will.  This page makes a distinction with being born.  It mentioned “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion…  birth or other status” but it’s meant as conditions of your birth, not if you weren’t born.

Article 1 literally says:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience…

Fetuses are not born.  They aren’t endowed with reason and conscience.  They literally can’t feel and think for most of the time when abortions actually take place.  They are inside the bodies of other people, for those people to deal with.  If I were pregnant, the body inside mine is definitely mine.  It does not think.  It does not feel.  It is mine to control.  It is not the issue of equal rights.  Because giving the fetus the right to use my body for approximately nine months is not equality.  It would be a special right, a right that no one currently has.  It is literally relinquishing my own right to my body.

The fact that a UN report lists the restriction of abortion as a form of torture does not contradict any of the articles of the UN DHR.

Why?

Because they’re talking about actual, individual people who have been born and are entitled to certain rights.

Article 3, which pertains to actualized people, not fetuses:

your-lies-ruin-lives:

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Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

No surprise there that you’re only thinking of the fetus and totally neglected the pregnant person!  I noticed that you mentioned on your blog that you’re against abortion at any stage.  I guess people who can get pregnant are not entitled to life, liberty, and security of person.  Just fetuses.  You know, things that can’t feel and think.

"I believe in the right to life for all, and the personal freedoms of all individuals."  Bullshit.  You just support forced birthing because abortion makes you uncomfortable due to your lack of empathy and knowledge of the issue.

Check out what the World Health Organization had to say about what happens when abortion is restricted.

In history when people were treated wrong, people would say it's okay and argue that those people are not human. Slaves, Jews, blacks, women. This practice still goes on when people look down on fetuses just because they aren't born.

Anonymous

Oh, geez.  Do anti-choicers know how fucking anti-semitic, racist, and misogynistic they sound when they make this argument?

I do not deny that a fetus is alive and human.  But to compare these non-thinking, non-feeling fetuses that simply exist in someone else’s body to real, autonomous, actual people who live and experience these atrocities—well, there are no words to really capture how fucking horrid this practice is. 

Abortion cannot be compared to slavery, genocide, and every day misogynistic practices that take place.  Misogynistic [and generally oppressive] practices include trying to restrict access to abortion.  It’s literally considered a form of torture by the UN.

Like why is it when I’m in a discussion about reproductive issues, people like you rarely ever talk about the pregnant person?

Stop trying to fake your righteousness, because you’d really just be doing us all a favor by revealing how horrible you are.  Be honest about your reasons for supporting forced birthing.  And after you’ve taken the time to address how ignorant and shitty you are, you can grow.

Go get some empathy for actual people instead of fetuses and come back when you’re ready to advocate for social justice.

Call me anti-choice all you like, at least nobody will ever call me anti-life.

To call you anti-choice would be fitting.  To call me anti-life would be logically fallacious.  Do I support abortion as a choice?  Hell yes.  But you’re obviously forgetting that a pregnant person is alive, otherwise you wouldn’t actually think I’m anti-life.  And guess what? I also advocate for birthing rights.  I believe in giving our people full reproductive rights, to give them a choice.  My beliefs and actions surrounding this issue promotes a better quality of life for all who are able to experience it.  Your beliefs come out of a dystopian fiction, which I hope never becomes a reality.  But that’s naive of me to say, because for many people all over the world where abortion is banned—that is their reality.  They have to watch their family and friends suffer.  Why?  Because of people like you who think non-thinking, non-feeling fetuses are more important than people who can actually experience suffering.

Banning abortion does not get rid of it.  It just makes it more dangerous.  ~68,000 people die every year from unsafe abortions.  Millions more are injured permanently.  The World Health Organization has noted:

"When abortion is made legal, safe, and easily accessible, women’s health rapidly improves. By contrast, women’s health deteriorates when access to safe abortion is made more difficult or illegal." (And not just women are affected by this). [source]  

So, you’re still going to tell me that I’m anti-life?  Because I want to advocate for lives that actually matter?  For lives that are here and now and have family and friends and feelings?  You know, like your mother or your aunt or your friends?  Because approximately one out of three women* (excuse the binary language) have an abortion in their lifetime.  Statistically, you know a lot of people who have had or will have an abortion.

Your support in eliminating choice hurts people.  Maybe it’s time you started caring more about the actual people in your life than obsessing over mere fetuses that can’t even feel or think.

And some day, when you’re hopefully a little more educated and gain some empathy for people who are not you and are not fetuses, you’ll support social justice, specifically reproductive justice.  And you won’t do this because you have people in your life who can get pregnant but because you’re a decent human being who understands that people who can get pregnant deserve your respect.  In this society, dead people have a right to their own bodies.  Living people deserve to have more rights to their bodies than corpses do.

the-elderscrolls:

Polish doctor that refused to perform abortion named a “hero”
Dr Bogdan Chazan was visited by an expecting mother (32 weeks into pregnancy), who already had 5 miscarriages before and was worried about her health. It turned out that the fetus had hydrocephalus, undeveloped brain and was missing many bones from its skull. The Doctor refused to perform an abortion and didn’t send the woman to another hospital which could do so (according to polish law, if a doctor doesn’t want to perform an abortion, he has to choose another hospital which will agree to do so). Chazan was named a “local hero” and “true warrior of Jesus in the name of life of the unborn” by many polish politicians and catholic activists. He used conscience clause as an excuse for his actions.
The woman gave birth to the child through a C-section. She and her husband spent 10 painful days watching their deformed child die a horrible death. When she finally decided to speak out, she said:
“During these 10 days, no priest, no pro life activist or even dr Chazan came to see the child, to ask if they can help. It was really hard to look at our child. We knew what was coming, but it was still very hard to cope with”
Congratulations, pro-lifers - another “life” saved, another “happy” child and “happy” family. 

the-elderscrolls:

Polish doctor that refused to perform abortion named a “hero”

Dr Bogdan Chazan was visited by an expecting mother (32 weeks into pregnancy), who already had 5 miscarriages before and was worried about her health. It turned out that the fetus had hydrocephalus, undeveloped brain and was missing many bones from its skull. The Doctor refused to perform an abortion and didn’t send the woman to another hospital which could do so (according to polish law, if a doctor doesn’t want to perform an abortion, he has to choose another hospital which will agree to do so). Chazan was named a “local hero” and “true warrior of Jesus in the name of life of the unborn” by many polish politicians and catholic activists. He used conscience clause as an excuse for his actions.

The woman gave birth to the child through a C-section. She and her husband spent 10 painful days watching their deformed child die a horrible death. When she finally decided to speak out, she said:

During these 10 days, no priest, no pro life activist or even dr Chazan came to see the child, to ask if they can help. It was really hard to look at our child. We knew what was coming, but it was still very hard to cope with

Congratulations, pro-lifers - another “life” saved, another “happy” child and “happy” family. 

Pledge-a-Protester! New Orleans Abortion Fund leads coalition protecting clinics

shitantichoiceprotesterssay:

Want a neat way to help providers and access in NOLA??

Pledge a Protester is a great and fun way to get involved in helping to protect and uphold reproductive access.  These funds help people who cannot afford an abortion get the help they need to do so.  Really great organizations!

Send a few bucks their way, wont you?

It does make one curious, though, as to what a picture for the "product" of abortion might look like. I've never had an abortion, but I'm assuming it would just be...a medical waste bin with some fluids and tissue in it, depending on how far along the pregnancy was. Most pro-lifers probably wouldn't even be able to recognize it as "an abortion product (tm)" if they looked at it.

Anonymous

Have you seen this page?  This woman took pictures of her abortion and it’s literally what you described.

Anti-choicers treat abortion as if it’s anything other than just a mere medical procedure that’s necessary for many people.  They act like we promote that shit through television and YouTube commercials. Like there are billboards specifically going, “Go get an abortion!  Two for one deal this week!”

The only kind of promotions or billboards I tend to see that’s even relevant to this issue usually are from anti-choicers, spreading misinformation and general propaganda.