Category Archives: uterus

[feminist] #exposeCPC

 

The irony of today… Texas is preparing to protest their House of Representatives from voting 3 anti-choice bills into law (since lovely Rick Perry is quite eager to sign them). Meanwhile it’s also the planned well in advance Expose CPCs day. Texas is looking at using TRAP laws to close 39 of the state’s 47 abortion providers– requiring that abortions take place in surgical facilities with minimum requirements for hallway width, and equipment; requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a local hospital; as well as ending abortion at 20 weeks instead of 24 (which Roe v Wade made law). Apparently now we can speculate that fetuses feel pain at 20 weeks instead of 24, and some low-IQ politicians believe that male fetuses can feel pleasure and masturbate in-utero meaning that the week limit should be brought down to 16 or less.

If Texas flushes women’s rights down the toilet this afternoon, even more CPCs will pop up across the state. I can hear my father’s voice saying “what’s a CPC?”– I didn’t know what it stood for until I started volunteer escorting at my local clinic in college (only a 45 minute drive). Crisis Pregnancy Center. If you look up abortion services, family planning, pregnancy help, etc in the phone book most of what you’ll find are CPCs. But you don’t know that until you arrive, unless you’re a prochoice fanatic who already knows where the nearest abortion clinic is at all times.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers are usually funded by churches, but are increasingly eligible (on a state-by-state basis) for tax dollars as well. CPCs look like abortion clinics but once you’re inside you’re inundated with guilt and lies. “abortions cause breast cancer” “if you have an abortion you won’t be able to bear children again later” “post abortion syndrome” “if you have an abortion you’ll definitely become depressed and wish you hadn’t” “if you become a member of our church we can help you care for your baby” Many offer free ultrasounds, and then conveniently round down how many weeks along the embryo is, allowing the woman to think she has more time to make a decision than she really does. (Don’t forget, first trimester abortions and second trimester abortions have a huge cost difference– the kind of cost difference that can’t be made up in one pay check for the majority of women).


Texas has already slashed funds for free and low-cost clinics which offer exams and birth control (note: not abortion providers). With a lack of access to reproductive information as well as birth control options, the need for abortions will obviously increase. Then, shutting down nearly 90% of the abortion providers in the state will increase the demand for CPCs. And, in turn, increase the number of unsafe, unsanitary, botched abortions. (yes, this is where you turn and bang your head on the nearest wall)

Want some official information to share about CPCs? NARAL Pro-Choice America: nar.al/r8

[cranky] the letter you need to share: Explain That to your Daughter

 “An Open Letter to my 40-something white, male friend on Facebook”

Explain That to your Daughter

This is the letter that you’ve all be wanting to post on Facebook– calm, well-written, and absolutely slamming the GOP and their misinformed supporters. How can someone vote against their daughter’s future? How can someone vote against their own future? Does the general public have an attention and memory span the same length as my dogs? How much back tracking and mind changing does a person have to do before you realize that they’re just full of shit? Have any of them taken the time to read the Republican party platform or the Democratic party platform? Does anyone know what the term “bipartisan” truly means, and does anyone comprehend what an ass John Boehner and his friends are? How many misinformed, uninformed, racist, sexist, ignorant people does it take to throw a country a hundred years backwards in terms of rights for half of the population?

[super cranky feminist] my theory on Paul Ryan’s jobs plan

Reflecting on the religion/abortion question from the VP debate, Ryan said that (flip flop alert!) he WOULD allow abortion in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother. Note that he said life of the mother, not health of the mother, which are two different things– if the fetus isn’t definitely going to kill the woman, there’s a chance she won’t get the abortion she still needs, or wants. We also can’t forget that Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” fiasco goes hand in hand with Paul Ryan, they’ve attempted to “redefine” rape together– further limiting a woman’s choices. “Redefined” rape would mean that marital rape, ex-partner/spouse rape, date rape, etc would likely no longer be considered rape. Only violent “stranger” rape would be considered rape (if we haven’t by then totally abolished the idea of rape…).

And how much work would a woman have to do to “prove” that she was raped? (Definitely not saying men are not raped, because I have male friends that are rape victims. I’m only talking about women right now because only women can get pregnant.) Already women usually pay out of pocket for a painful and humiliating rape kit that quite often is never analyzed; she would likely be required to press charges against her rapist(s) in order to secure an abortion (remember the rate of conviction is estimated at less than 3%); and she would have to face the public humiliation and stigma associated with publicly admitting to being a rape victim in today’s society.

So then, if we’ve lowered rates of rape by redefinition, then why do Rape Crisis Centers need funding?
If we’re going to teach and preach abstinence-only sex ed, why do we need to offer birth control? Why do we need to ensure that insurance companies cover birth control in health insurance plans? (just a reminder– no one is asking for FREE birth control, we’re asking for our health insurance to cover our birth control in the same way it covers other medications like pain killers and ED treatments) Should all sex be purely for procreating?

Reminder– Romney has promised to de-fund Planned Parenthood (which just like PBS, can’t run on donations alone).

Will my birth control pill, used primarily for controlling ovarian cysts and endometriosis, suddenly cost $120 a month instead of $30 a month because my insurance company (or my mother’s employer offering insurance) suddenly has a “moral objection” to birth control?

Oh, and that Plan B you can get from the pharmacist? Forget that right now– with fetal personhood lighting Ryan’s toes on fire it will be outlawed. “Life begins at conception.” Did you learn in your health/sex ed class that its quite common for eggs to be fertilized but simply fail to implant in the lining of the woman’s uterus? So then is the woman a murderer for failing to have the perfect uterus for that particular egg to implant in? Plan B works to prevent a fertilized egg from implanting, and Paul Ryan wants to make sure that not only is Plan B off the market (it would help to “kill” a 2-cell “innocent life”), but that it’s not available to any rape victim that asks for it. This implantation-prevention form of birth control would become illegal, and it includes IUDs as well as other forms of birth control. It also, in theory, makes IVF illegal (unless of course your last name is Romney)– all of the eggs that are harvested and fertilized must be implanted, and if you chose not to implant some and have them frozen, you honestly have to include the frozen test tube fertilized eggs in your will (and you can’t dump them as medical waste, either). You can’t make this shit up.

And just for good measure, lets not forget that when you’ve got kids at home to take care of you often can’t work. Day care isn’t an option for everyone, especially when you’ve got several kids. This could mean that 50% of the sexually-active working-age population would be at home, and out of the formal economy. I guess that means that there are more jobs for men and the women that aren’t yet mothers… but that sure sounds like a shitty jobs plan to me.

[feminist] #LegitimateRape and Todd Akin

when asked about allowing abortion in cases of rape, Todd Akin replied:

” First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

from our own cranky feminist Jessica Anders (thanks!)

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actions:

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[feminist] Scott Walker recall election!

I’m excited and nervous for the historic recall election which will begin in a few hours… Wisconsin is voting again for governor– to get conservative tea-bagger Scott Walker out of office and instate Tom Barrett, the former mayor of Milwaukee (both were opponents in the last election).

Scott Walker is in favor of both corporate and fetal Personhood.

He thinks it is acceptable for pharmacists to not fill birth control medications if it goes against their personal beliefs; as well as for insurance companies and employers to not cover contraceptives.

He has reduced access to women’s basic health care for the poor and uninsured.

He has worked to change and restrict abortion laws.

Women in Wisconsin currently earn on average 78 cents for a man’s dollar.