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prochoicetruth:

acidicdreaming:

oh i’m gonna be sick

Right-wing extremists are now using the ballot in Florida to attack a woman’s right to choose. Amendment 6, also known as the Florida Abortion Amendment, will appear on your November ballot. This dangerous amendment will take some women back to the day of dangerous back-alley abortions by removing abortion coverage from health care for public employees and women on public assistance.

it’s happening here no no no no no 

please god no

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/no_on_6/

for more information and add your name please

and fellow floridians if you are of voting age

VOTE NO ON 6

VOTE. NO. ON. SIX. 

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lavendersprigsandcoffee

Update on Forced Ultrasound Laws

rhrealitycheck:

Virginia is now the 8th state with forced ultrasounds before abortion. When it passed its law, it joined Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas

Texas has the harshest forced ultrasound law currently in effect. As Andrea Grimes reported,

“Texas has the most extreme law that’s being enforced right now,” says the Center For Reproductive Rights’ Julie Rikelman, the lead attorney on the CRR’s lawsuit filed against the Texas legislation. Despite the sympathetic leanings of a federal district judge who initially ruled on the case, the suit has more or less been stalled by a vehemently anti-choice Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which denied the CRR’s requested injunction against enforcement last month.  Now, that means that all aspects of the law—mandated ultrasounds, 24-hour waiting periods, and forced speech—are now in full force in Texas.

Oklahoma’s forced ultrasound bill, which was similar to TX’s, was struck down by a federal court recently.

North Carolina, which also has passed a harsh TX-style forced ultrasound bill, is unable to enforce their law pending a court decision.

Pennsylvania’s forced ultrasound bill is officially kaput, at least for this year.

And, as Robin Marty reports, Iowa:

What is the difference between a traffic light camera and a mandatory trans-vaginal ultrasound?  One is a violation of privacy, according to Iowa legislators.

Can you guess which?

The Iowa legislature is considering banning traffic cameras due to “privacy concerns.”  And those who are arguing for the ban are the same who think all women should be forced to undergo forced ultrasounds prior to an abortion.

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youarenotyou:

unknowablewoman:

saltmarshhag:

darcinatordecimator:

sapphrikah:

owsposters:

Corporations are People. Women, Not so Much
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Corporations Are People. Women, Not so Much

Women, although quite relevant, should be changed to People with Uteri/Ovaries

Except that this wouldn’t be an issue if it weren’t for misogynistic attempts to control women’s bodies. Women are presumed to have this particular set of reproductive organs, and that assumption combined with sexism is what produces the horrifying desire to control contraceptive access, abortion, etc.  
Yes, people who have uteri/ovaries and are not women will be impacted. Yes, I want those people to have full autonomy over their reproductive decisions.  In fact, I want comprehensive reproductive rights for all people.  However, that does not mean that these policies were not designed with the specific intent of impacting women.  Neglecting that fact in favor of “inclusion” (and incidentally, this terminology that reduces people to their genitals is actually pretty ignorant of the way these policies operate on non-cis women’s bodies) obfuscates from the larger problem: sexism.

i knew it was only a matter of hours before we had to go over this again.

Yep. Knew it.
I almost reblogged this earlier. I wanted to say something like “hey guys, how long will it be until a SJW insists that we change this to uterus-bearers?!”
Not long at all, apparently.
God fucking forbid women have one thing of their own in this world. We can’t write about ourselves, we can’t speak about ourselves, we can’t advocate for ourselves even within our own so-called “social justice” spheres without someone telling us to shut up about our own experiences.

oh shut up raven. seriously. wahhh, white cis women have NOTHING OF THEIR OWN! you’re oh so oppressed by non binaries, trans people, and people of color! WAHHHH! it’s not like all of feminism up until this point has revolved entirely around the needs of women exactly like you!
you REALLY think that the world sees all women as equally not-people? you don’t think that applies more so to women of color, to trans women, to non binary/otherwise gender-nonconforming people with uteruses? of course you wouldn’t think of that. everything is always about you, and women like you, and your needs taking precedent over everyone else’s.
newsflash, trans women are denied their personhood and their womanhood not only by society but also by feminism with bullshit posters like this. all of that commentary up there COMPLETELY denies the existence of trans women. as if trans women don’t feel the brunt of misogyny. as if non female people are not harmed by misogyny! SEXISM is a “larger issue” than cissexism? omfg. fuck y’all.
it’s cissexist attitudes & erasure that leads to very real consequences for trans and other non-cis people. like, fucking DYING. are white cis women the ones targeted disproportionately by violence? no, you are not. and BTW, women of color are the real targets of anti choice legislation. woc, poor women, trans people are the biggest victims of attempts to control reproduction. but y’all are not actually interested in accuracy, you just want your needs centered.
also how many ways can i say fuck you to your branding of everyone who objects to this as a “social justice warrior”. it’s so much easier to dismiss us that way isn’t it? but this isn’t politics. it’s our fucking lives. 

^^^^THIS
BUT OH NO! WHAT ABOUT THE POOR CIS WOMEN
THEY DON’T HAVE ANYTHING IN THIS SOCIETY
IT’S SO HEARTBREAKING

Love,
Taylor 

youarenotyou:

unknowablewoman:

saltmarshhag:

darcinatordecimator:

sapphrikah:

owsposters:

Corporations are People. Women, Not so Much

Download the poster pack

Wear this design
Corporations Are People. Women, Not so Much shirt

Corporations Are People. Women, Not so Much

Women, although quite relevant, should be changed to People with Uteri/Ovaries

Except that this wouldn’t be an issue if it weren’t for misogynistic attempts to control women’s bodies. Women are presumed to have this particular set of reproductive organs, and that assumption combined with sexism is what produces the horrifying desire to control contraceptive access, abortion, etc.  

Yes, people who have uteri/ovaries and are not women will be impacted. Yes, I want those people to have full autonomy over their reproductive decisions.  In fact, I want comprehensive reproductive rights for all people.  However, that does not mean that these policies were not designed with the specific intent of impacting women.  Neglecting that fact in favor of “inclusion” (and incidentally, this terminology that reduces people to their genitals is actually pretty ignorant of the way these policies operate on non-cis women’s bodies) obfuscates from the larger problem: sexism.

i knew it was only a matter of hours before we had to go over this again.

Yep. Knew it.

I almost reblogged this earlier. I wanted to say something like “hey guys, how long will it be until a SJW insists that we change this to uterus-bearers?!”

Not long at all, apparently.

God fucking forbid women have one thing of their own in this world. We can’t write about ourselves, we can’t speak about ourselves, we can’t advocate for ourselves even within our own so-called “social justice” spheres without someone telling us to shut up about our own experiences.

oh shut up raven. seriously. wahhh, white cis women have NOTHING OF THEIR OWN! you’re oh so oppressed by non binaries, trans people, and people of color! WAHHHH! it’s not like all of feminism up until this point has revolved entirely around the needs of women exactly like you!

you REALLY think that the world sees all women as equally not-people? you don’t think that applies more so to women of color, to trans women, to non binary/otherwise gender-nonconforming people with uteruses? of course you wouldn’t think of that. everything is always about you, and women like you, and your needs taking precedent over everyone else’s.

newsflash, trans women are denied their personhood and their womanhood not only by society but also by feminism with bullshit posters like this. all of that commentary up there COMPLETELY denies the existence of trans women. as if trans women don’t feel the brunt of misogyny. as if non female people are not harmed by misogyny! SEXISM is a “larger issue” than cissexism? omfg. fuck y’all.

it’s cissexist attitudes & erasure that leads to very real consequences for trans and other non-cis people. like, fucking DYING. are white cis women the ones targeted disproportionately by violence? no, you are not. and BTW, women of color are the real targets of anti choice legislation. woc, poor women, trans people are the biggest victims of attempts to control reproduction. but y’all are not actually interested in accuracy, you just want your needs centered.

also how many ways can i say fuck you to your branding of everyone who objects to this as a “social justice warrior”. it’s so much easier to dismiss us that way isn’t it? but this isn’t politics. it’s our fucking lives. 

^^^^THIS

BUT OH NO! WHAT ABOUT THE POOR CIS WOMEN

THEY DON’T HAVE ANYTHING IN THIS SOCIETY

IT’S SO HEARTBREAKING

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Love,

Taylor 

cognitivedissonance

An open letter to Ron Paul acolytes:

cognitivedissonance:

Please stop assuming I will back Ron Paul because I’m progressive, support ending the drug war, and wish to abolish our current imperialist system of meddling in world affairs.

There’s numerous reasons to not support Paul. I’m going straight to a sampling of the legislative record.

H.R.875 - Marriage Protection Act of 2011, co-sponsored by Paul and 12 other representatives, introduced March 2, 2011.

This bill sought to amend Title 28, Chapter 99 of the US Code to read:

“No court created by Act of Congress shall have any jurisdiction, and the Supreme Court shall have no appellate jurisdiction, to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution of, section 1738C.”

Here’s Section 1738C:

“No State, territory, or possession of the United States, or Indian tribe, shall be required to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other State, territory, possession, or tribe respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other State, territory, possession, or tribe, or a right or claim arising from such relationship.”

That’s the Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA], which is currently facing several constitutional challenges in federal court. Basically, Mr. Constitutionalist Ron Paul sponsored a bill to ban federal courts (including the Supreme Court) from having any kind of jurisdiction over constitutional review of DOMA. Eighth grade civics says differently. Remember that whole checks and balances thing?

H.R.358 - Protect Life Act, co-sponsored by Paul and 144 other representatives, introduced 1/20/2011. Passed the US House October 13, 2011.

This bill sought to ban private health insurance companies from participating in federal exchanges if the company offered coverage to women for abortion or abortion-related services as part of an insurance policy, and also states if people receive federal healthcare subsidies to purchase private insurance plans, they cannot use the subsidy to purchase private comprehensive health insurance plans that cover abortion. If a woman wanted her insurance to cover abortion, she would have to purchase a separate policy to cover abortion - basically, an abortion rider. 

This bill would limit private enterprise from providing something consumers want. Seems contradictory to what a free-market denizen would advocate. But that’s not the worst part. This is:

And finally, it overrides protections for pregnant women under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. EMTALA was enacted in 1986 to ensure public access to emergency services regardless of ability to pay, including women in active labor. Under EMTALA, hospitals must stabilize a pregnant patient who, for example, is facing an emergency obstetric condition or life-threatening pregnancy and either treat her—including an emergency abortion—or if the hospital or staff objects, to transfer her to another facility that will treat her.

H.R. 358 overturns decades of precedent guaranteeing people access to lifesaving emergency care, including abortion care and says its ok that a pregnant woman fighting for her life be left to die.

Paul is an OB/GYN and knows emergencies can arise during pregnancy requiring termination, making his co-sponsorship of this bill especially shameful. Read Mikki Kendall’s Salon article, “Abortion Saved My Life”, for an example of what happens when doctors refuse to treat women.

H.R.1095 - Freedom to Bank Act, sponsored by Paul with no co-sponsors, introduced March 15, 2011

The bill’s stated purpose:

“Sunset Federal laws and regulations which treat the American people like children by denying them the opportunity to make their own decision regarding control of their bank accounts and what type of information they wish to receive from their banks.”

So what’s that mean? Well, Paul thinks “no creditor, depository institution, or credit union shall be required to provide periodic statements of account to any customer.” Your bank would no longer be required to provide account statements or other information about investments or accounts unless you specifically know to ask for it.

Do I even need to go into how bad this idea truly is?

H.R.2040 - National Right-to-Work Act, co-sponsored by Paul and 71 other representatives, introduced May 26, 2011

Right to work is one of those warm and fuzzy newspeak names for something quite terrible. Here’s information on right to work states:

  • The average worker in a right to work state makes about $5,333 a year less than workers in other states ($35,500 compared with $30,167).
  • Weekly wages are $72 greater in free-bargaining states than in right to work states ($621 versus $549).
  • 21 percent more people lack health insurance in right to work states compared to free-bargaining states.
  • Maximum weekly worker compensation benefits are $30 higher in free states ($609 versus $579 in right to work states.
  • According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of workplace deaths is 51 percent higher in states with right to work, where unions can’t speak up on behalf of workers.

Oh, and my own state of Wyoming is a right to work state. Currently, Wyoming has the highest wage gap of any state, and is one of the deadliest places to work in the nation. Ron Paul thinks it would be super cool if we enacted a policy that contributed to these conditions nationwide. Because freedom.

H.R.1830 - To authorize the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption, sponsored by Ron Paul and three co-sponsored, introduced May 11, 2011

Wasn’t the milk pasteurization question settled awhile ago? Anyhow, Paul believes “a Federal department, agency, or court may not take any action (such as administrative, civil, criminal, or other actions) that would prohibit, interfere with, regulate, or otherwise restrict the interstate traffic of milk, or a milk product, that is unpasteurized and packaged for direct human consumption.” In other words, selling unpasteurized milk is a-OK because Salmonella, Listeria, Q-fever, and E.coli are just the risks you take in a free society.

H.R.1164 - National Language Act of 2011, co-sponsored by Paul and 22 other representatives, introduced March 17, 2011

This bill would declare the official language of the US to be English. It would require all government business be transacted in English, and further state that “no person has a right, entitlement, or claim to have the Government of the United States or any of its officials or representatives act, communicate, perform or provide services, or provide materials in any language other than English.” Income tax forms would no longer be available in Spanish or any other language, nor information on government programs or benefits. This would even include information on joining the military and could potentially include the right to an interpreter when arrested or conducting business in the courts, i.e. divorce.

Further, this would affect voting rights by repealing Section 1973AA–1A of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:

The Congress finds that, through the use of various practices and procedures, citizens of language minorities have been effectively excluded from participation in the electoral process. Among other factors, the denial of the right to vote of such minority group citizens is ordinarily directly related to the unequal educational opportunities afforded them resulting in high illiteracy and low voting participation.

The Congress declares that, in order to enforce the guarantees of the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the United States Constitution, it is necessary to eliminate such discrimination by prohibiting these practices, and by prescribing other remedial devices.

A covered State or political subdivision for the purposes of this subsection if the Director of the Census determines:

  • That more than 5 percent of the citizens of voting age of such State or political subdivision are members of a single language minority and are limited-English proficient
  • More than 10,000 of the citizens of voting age of such political subdivision are members of a single language minority and are limited-English proficient
  • Or in the case of a political subdivision that contains all or any part of an Indian reservation, more than 5 percent of the American Indian or Alaska Native citizens of voting age within the Indian reservation are members of a single language minority and are limited-English proficient
  • And the illiteracy rate of the citizens in the language minority as a group is higher than the national illiteracy rate.

This bill will prevent people from voting. Period. And don’t give me any whining about voters who are not proficient in English don’t know anything about the candidates, issues, etc… First off, do you think native English speakers are well-informed? Second, even his supporters recognize the need for campaign materials in a language other than English. Check out Vota Ron Paul and this thread on the Ron Paul Forums. A few quotes:

  • From California: Los Angeles County has (before redistricting) 18 Congressional Districts. Spanish is heavily spoken (and advertised). It would be helpful to us here in the third world, if the campaign would create a slim jim in Spanish. It would be great if the campaign could provide an official translation. Without Spanish materials, we are limited in who we can recruit. 
  • From Wyoming: I am also interested in spanish campaign materials…there is a large population here…let no stone go unturned…
  • From Pennsylvania: This would be about as well recieved in the GOP primary as putting out official campaign materials to promote an end to the war on drugs. It’s probably something best handled at the grassroots level.

So there you have it, Ron Paul fans. Ron Paul is more concerned about my right to drink unpasteurized milk than whether I would potentially die after being denied life-saving care based on a doctor’s religious conviction. He’s more concerned that my bank not be forced to provide me a bank statement than if the Defense of Marriage Act violates the constitution he claims to live and breathe. This is just from 2011 - and what I could turn up in 60 minutes. Don’t prod me to make a weekend of it.

Sincerely,

Meg

P.S.: Check out the Family Protection Act from 1980, sponsored by Ron Paul with no co-sponsors. I did. And I was disgusted. The act provides no federal penalty or implementation of guidelines “for determining whether a private school has forfeited its tax-exempt status by the adoption of racially discriminatory policies.”

This is a federal version of legislation that a coalition of women-of-color organizations defeated at the local level in Georgia. It attempts to restrict women of color’s access to abortion and prenatal care in the name of “civil rights.” This bill seeks to protect “unborn Americans” by banning race- and sex-selection abortions.However, the argument that fetuses must be protected from the women of color relies on racist stereotypes about entire communities:

  • First, that Black women are selfish, irresponsible, and incapable of making reproductive decisions on their own behalf
  • Second, that Asian women mindlessly reproduce “son preference” and bring “dangerous values” into the country.

(Click the link to read further)

Just because they slapped names of two people from the civil rights era on the bill doesn’t make this bill progressive or friendly. This is an anti-abortion bill drenched in racism and dressed in civil rights. 

I strongly suggest that you contact your congressperson to tell them that this bill is anti-choice and racist trash. 

Love,

Taylor

lucypaw

This is seriously happening right now. [TW: forced pregnancy, reproductive coercion]

lucypaw:

jadelyn:

hopelessly-romantic-cynic:

jadelyn:

dailymurf:

nounbeast:

My spouse works in phlebotomy.

As part of an ice-breaker while he preps the tourniquet, tubes and needle, he casually asks why his patients are there. Obviously it doesn’t require an answer or anything, because that’d be invasive as hell, but often it helps alleviate patient tension if they start talking about something, and the elephant in the room makes for an easy jumping block. People trust medical workers.

“I’m getting an abortion,” one young woman he saw today said. Not the first, not the last.

But she went on to describe her situation. It wasn’t what she wanted; who knows how it happened—brief lapse of judgment, failure of contraception, tampering with contraception, marital rape, whatever—but the point was, she wasn’t ready. She decided to abort, even though her husband tried to convince her otherwise.

He asked for a divorce.

Now she’s in a race to get the procedure done as fast as possible, because he intends to fight for custody of the unborn child. He wants to legally force her to carry that fetus she doesn’t want to term and then take the resulting baby from her.

When my spouse told me about this, his voice shook.

Seriously, this is happening. It’s happening right now.

WE’RE NOT INCUBATORS. How is this happening?

How…how would that be legal?  They couldn’t.  He couldn’t.  The law wouldn’t allow for that.  Would it?  Ohdeargodspleasetellmeitwouldn’t…

If there is a Hell, that man will burn in it. 

If this is in the United States (and I don’t know if it is or not), then it’s not legal. He can’t actually legally do that. The Supreme Court determined in the early 1990s that you cannot make a person get their partner’s consent to an abortion or in any way allow someone’s partner to legally force them to carry a pregnancy. Furthermore, you can’t fight for custody of an organism that hasn’t been born. He’s not legally a parent yet. He won’t legally be a parent until there is a live birth. There is not a child whose welfare the Court has to consider until there’s a live birth. You can’t apply the factors that courts use to determine who would be the better custodial parent until there is a live birth.

Thank the gods.  Thanks for clearing that up - I didn’t *think* it would be legal, but it’s good to hear it from someone else too.

Just the fact that he’s trying, though, says an awful fucking lot.

However, I would hypothesise that if any state passes the ridiculous ‘personhood begins at conception’ nonsense, then he would have standing to do so (ignoring how abortion would already be out because of it).

Ugh that amendment needs to burn =| 

It’s true that it’s illegal but that doesn’t mean that he won’t bring her to court and delay the abortion, which depending on the state, could be crucial. There are several cases where courts will actually issue an injunction and the delay could cause a window of time to run and not to mention it’s the perfect playing field for cis father’s rights that advocate for their views. Kind of like how the American Coalition for Father’s and Children did when they supported an abusive-ex to receive rights over the unborn. (Thankfully, it didn’t go through)

Love,

Taylor

iamayoungfeminist

[Warning: Trans* Erasure] “Why You Cannot Be an Anti-Choice Feminist”

iamateenagefeminist:

thepapacyisawesome:

sword-meets-rose:

That’s because in this patriarchy, people think men should have a say over whether their AFAB partners have children.

Hello? I’m not an incubator. I’ll have kids when I’m ready, on my own terms, thank you very much.

As for abortion doing more harm to women, most reputable sources beg to differ. All legitimate sources today say that abortion has no link to mental health issues, breast or any other type of cancer, or infertility. In fact, when safe and legal, it’s one of the safest medical procedures in existence and is usually safer than childbirth. Post-partum depression, however, is indeed a real thing. Safe and legal abortion isn’t harmful to people who can get pregnant at all.

ACTUALLY…

Why shouldn’t the men have a say? IF you want them to support you in raising children, they should have a say in whether or not you have children together. I mean, really…

That’s why parenting is a partnership.

So… what you said there… Abortion is apparently safer than giving birth, so no one should give birth and everyone should have abortions? GREAT LOGIC THERE.

“Safe and legal abortion isn’t harmful to people who can get pregnant at all.”

Then… why do so many women have complications? Why are there ruptured uteruses? Why do some women bleed to death? Why do some women have fertility problems later?

You said not harmful at all. Some women are harmed. Why isn’t that a problem for feminists?

Also, what about the heightened depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and so on?  No mental health issues?  I think heightened suicide rate counts as a mental health issue.

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.pdf

Read the part about mental health plz

First of all, this isn’t a woman’s issue. The choice to abort should be in the power of the pregnant PERSON. So, regardless of who their partner is or how they identify, they do not get a say in what goes on with their partner’s body. Not your body; not your choice.

Also, the information is the link is gendered, however, still a great resource in verifying the safety of abortions.

Love,

Taylor

theoceanandthesky

the-madame-hatter:

Please read the rules on the main page and the guidelines on the submission page. While I can not enable anonymous submissions, I can remove your username name from it and I will do so unless you state otherwise. If you are not comfortable sharing your story through the tumblr submission page, you can e-mail the story to myabortionstorytumblr AT gmail.com

Please reblog to get the message out.

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[Image: An illustration that reads: A culture of life in light box against a grey background. Below there are rows of headstones that read: “Died during a back Alley Abortion.” “Died during childbirth at age 13”. “Died without family planning services.” “Died delivering 9th child.” The others are not legible]
stfuantichoicers:

prochoicejacksonville:

coelestinus:

A Culture of Life: Ann Telnaes

But a fetus is more important, right?

[Image: An illustration that reads: A culture of life in light box against a grey background. Below there are rows of headstones that read: “Died during a back Alley Abortion.” “Died during childbirth at age 13”. “Died without family planning services.” “Died delivering 9th child.” The others are not legible]

stfuantichoicers:

prochoicejacksonville:

coelestinus:

A Culture of Life: Ann Telnaes

But a fetus is more important, right?