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Let me tell you some things.

I used to investigate child abuse and neglect. I can tell you how to stop the vast majority of abortion in the world.

First, make knowledge and access to contraception widely available. Start teaching kids before they hit puberty. Teach them about domestic violence and coercion, and teach them not to coerce and rape. Create a strong, loving community where women and girls feel safe and supported in times of need. Because guess what? They aren’t. You know what happens to babies born under such circumstances? They get hurt, unnecessarily. They get sick, unnecessarily. They get removed from parents who love them but who are unprepared for the burden of a child. Resources? Honey, we try. There aren’t enough resources anywhere. There are waiting lists, and promises, and maybes. If the government itself can’t hook people up, what makes you think an impoverished single mom can handle it?

Abolish poverty. Do you have any idea how much childcare costs? Daycare can cost as much or more than monthly rent. They may be inadequately staffed. Getting a private nanny is a nice idea, but they don’t come cheap either. Relatives? Do they own a car? Does the bus run at the right times? Do they have jobs of their own they need to work just to keep the lights on? Are they going to stick around until you get off you convenience store shift at 4 AM? Do they have criminal histories that will make them unsuitable as caregivers when CPS pokes around? You gonna pay for that? Who’s going to pay for that?

End rape. I know your type errs on the side of blaming the woman, but I’ve seen little girls who’ve barely gotten their periods pregnant because somebody thought raping preteens was an awesome idea. You want to put a child through that? Or someone with a mental or physical inability for whom pregnancy would be frightening, painful or even life-threatening? I’ve seen nonverbal kids who had their feet sliced up by caregivers for no fucking reason at all, you think sexual abuse doesn’t happen either?

You say there’s lots of couples who want to adopt. Kiddo, what they want to adopt are healthy white babies, preferably untainted by the wombs and genetics of women with alcohol or drug dependencies. I’ve seen the kids they don’t want, who almost no one wants. You people focus only on the happy pink babies, the gigglers, the ones who grow and grow with no trouble. Those are not the kids who linger in foster care. Those are certainly not the older kids and teenagers who age out of foster care and then are thrown out in the streets, usually with an array of medical and mental health issues. Are they too old to count?

And yeah, I’ve seen the babies, little hand-sized things barely clinging to life. There’s no glory, no wonder there. There is no wonder in a pregnant woman with five dollars to her name, so deep in depression you wonder if she’ll be alive in a week. Therapy costs money. Medicine costs money. Food, clothes, electricity cost money. Government assistance is a pittance; poverty drives women and girls into situations where they are forced to rely on people who abuse them to survive. (I’ve been up in more hospitals than I can count.)

In each and every dark pit of desperation, I have never seen a pro-lifer. I ain’t never seen them babysitting, scrubbing floors, bringing over goods, handing mom $50 bucks a month or driving her to the pediatrician. I ain’t never seen them sitting up for hours with an autistic child who screams and rages so his mother can get some sleep while she rests up from working 14-hour days. I don’t see them fixing leaks in rundown houses or playing with a kid while the police prepare to interview her about her sexual abuse. They’re not paying for the funerals of babies and children who died after birth, when they truly do become independent organisms. And the crazy thing is they think they’ve already done their job, because the child was born!

Aphids give birth, girl. It’s no miracle. You want to speak for the weak? Get off your high horse and get your hands dirty helping the poor, the isolated, the ill and mentally ill women and mothers and their children who already breathe the dirty air. You are doing nothing, absolutely nothing, for children. You don’t have a flea’s comprehension of injustice. You are not doing shit for life until you get in there and fight that darkness. Until you understand that abortion is salvation in a world like ours. Does that sound too hard? Do you really think suffering post-birth is more permissible, less worthy of outrage?

“Pro-life” is simply a philosophy in which the only life worth saving is the one that can be saved by punishing a woman.

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In reply to a ‘pro-life’ blogger: STFU, Conservatives: When I say I’m pro-life… (via grrrltalk) emphasis mine. (via fuckyeahfeminists)

YES ALL OF THIS.

MANDATORY READING FOR EVERYONE!!!

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Woman Looks To Crowdfunding To Finance Abortion – Baby Won’t Fit Her Party Lifestyle

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Woman Looks To Crowdfunding To Finance Abortion – Baby Won’t Fit Her Party Lifestyle

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If you actually took the time to read about her situation, you’d know that she’s suffering from severe pregnancy complications and can’t afford to care for a baby right now. But that doesn’t fit into your pretty picture where everyone who wants an abortion is an irresponisble slut I guess. - Rachel

Aren’t anti-choicers just the classiest?

Hey, OP:

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A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said: “Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I’m pregnant again. I don’t want kids so close together.” So the doctor said: “Ok and what…

Also, “…in your belly”? Is the doctor nine years old?

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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 body, you’re giving them more rights than anyone else has in this country.  You are also literally saying that a pregnant person has fewer rights than a corpse.  And that’s not a valid way of promoting justice and human rights.

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Another NYC billboard…
This one is messed up!


I agree.
It IS messed up that that billboard is stating a FACT. The fact that over one half of all African American pregnancies end in abortion. The fact that 80+% of abortion mills are in minority neighborhoods. 
It IS messed up.
And yet WE are the racist ones.

yes, you are the racist ones.where are you after those brown babies are born? do you speak up when they’re hunted down and beaten by the police? do you speak up against a system that systematically works to oppress them, making the decision to have a child so much harder because having a child is so much more than giving birth? are you going to help pay for their healthcare? schooling? housing? food? Where are you when it comes to discussing why the fuck is the system made so that PoC have less access to a better education, financial aid, work etc. Don’t pretend to care about brown babies when they’re beaten and killed every day and you people are no where to be found.  Racist piece of shit. 

Reblogging for trrruuuth

latinagabi dropping them truth bombs

reblogging for that paragraph ^^

A few years ago, I read an article where the mother of this child was actually upset at how her daughter’s photo was used.
Here it is: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mother-girl-featured-shocking-anti-abortion-billboard-outraged-ad-apology-article-1.135168

Reminder that the claim that 80% of abortion clinics are located in minority neighborhoods is a complete and utter lie propagated by anti-choicers. The real percentage of abortion clinics located in predominantly black neighborhoods is 9%.
63% are located near neighborhoods that are made up of mostly non-hispanic white people. [x]
But of course instead of maybe taking a look at the reason many PoC seek out abortions, anti-choicers would rather make up statistics and cry “I’m not racist! Pro-choicers are racist because they let PoC make their own decisions!” 
(I also love that these kinds of statements come straight from people who will appropriate tragedies like slavery, genocide, or the murder of PoC and pretend they’re equivalent to abortion. So not racist.) 

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latinagabi:

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Another NYC billboard…

This one is messed up!

I agree.

It IS messed up that that billboard is stating a FACT. The fact that over one half of all African American pregnancies end in abortion. The fact that 80+% of abortion mills are in minority neighborhoods. 

It IS messed up.

And yet WE are the racist ones.

yes, you are the racist ones.
where are you after those brown babies are born? do you speak up when they’re hunted down and beaten by the police? do you speak up against a system that systematically works to oppress them, making the decision to have a child so much harder because having a child is so much more than giving birth? are you going to help pay for their healthcare? schooling? housing? food? Where are you when it comes to discussing why the fuck is the system made so that PoC have less access to a better education, financial aid, work etc. 
Don’t pretend to care about brown babies when they’re beaten and killed every day and you people are no where to be found.  
Racist piece of shit. 

Reblogging for trrruuuth

latinagabi dropping them truth bombs

reblogging for that paragraph ^^

A few years ago, I read an article where the mother of this child was actually upset at how her daughter’s photo was used.

Here it is: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mother-girl-featured-shocking-anti-abortion-billboard-outraged-ad-apology-article-1.135168

Reminder that the claim that 80% of abortion clinics are located in minority neighborhoods is a complete and utter lie propagated by anti-choicers. The real percentage of abortion clinics located in predominantly black neighborhoods is 9%.

63% are located near neighborhoods that are made up of mostly non-hispanic white people. [x]

But of course instead of maybe taking a look at the reason many PoC seek out abortions, anti-choicers would rather make up statistics and cry “I’m not racist! Pro-choicers are racist because they let PoC make their own decisions!” 

(I also love that these kinds of statements come straight from people who will appropriate tragedies like slavery, genocide, or the murder of PoC and pretend they’re equivalent to abortion. So not racist.) 

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There is one thing that suicidal rape victims need: immediate assistance. But for one young woman in Ireland who was pregnant and seeking an abortion after reportedly being attacked, the only thing her government offered was the slow, bureaucratic violation of her humanity.

The unnamed woman, now 18, was reportedly raped as a minor and sought an abortion just eight weeks into her pregnancy. Even after experts found her to be suicidal – a prerequisite for abortion under a new Irish law – she was denied access to the procedure. According to a report by the Sunday Times, the woman, who is not an Irish citizen, believes that the government deliberately delayed her case – both through the state’s decision to ignore psychiatric experts and via her inability to travel because of her legal status – so that she would have to carry the pregnancy at least through the fetus’s viability. After going on a hunger strike, she was forced to undergo a caesarean section at just 25 weeks into her pregnancy.

That’s 17 full weeks after she first sought help.

That is not a policy; it’s a persecution.

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From my latest at The Guardian, A pregnant, suicidal rape victim fought Ireland’s new abortion law. The law won.

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"Demanding that women close our legs and calling us whores for planning our pregnancies confirms the feminist suspicion that opposition to contraception and abortion is less about “life” than it is about a sense that sexually active women are doing something wrong and should be chastened for it."

Hobby Lobby Supporters Insist Decision Isn’t Sexist, Tell Women to Close Their Legs - Cosmopolitan

Jill Filipovic is KILLING IT.

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BREAKING: Undercover Video Reveals Anti-Abortion Activists’ Disturbing Scare Tactics

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Screenshot from a new video detailing anti-abortion protester's tactics

Screenshot from a new video detailing anti-abortion protester’s tactics

CREDIT: PROGRESS TEXAS

An undercover video released this week by Progress Texas exposes the primary methods that right-wing activists use to intimidate women and doctors who visit abortion clinics — like tracking clinic patients’ cars, figuring out where new abortion clinics will be opened, and ensuring that there are protesters outside of clinics during “all hours that abortions are being performed.” The audio was recorded at “Keeping Abortion Facilities Closed,” a training hosted by anti-abortion groups in the state at the beginning of August.

“What’s most telling, I think, is that the training this audio came out of was called something like ‘Keeping Abortion Clinics Closed,’ ” Heather Busby, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, said in an interview with ThinkProgress. “It wasn’t called, you know, ‘Bringing Safe Options To Women.’ It wasn’t called ‘Helping Women Stay Healthy And Safe.’ It was about closing abortion clinics, and they said it! They put it right out there.”

The speakers on the track are leaders in Texas’ anti-choice community. They’re instructing attendees on four major tactics to accomplish their goal of closing reproductive health facilities: lining the sidewalks outside clinics to dissuade patients from entering; tracking patients’ physical descriptions and license plates; monitoring clinic staff and potential abortion providers; and examining tax records to identify the locations of new abortion doctors.

“It’s totally legal — you track license plates, the license plates that are coming into any abortion facilities,” Karen Garnett, the executive director of theCatholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas (CPLC), explained during the training. “We have a very sophisticated kind of little spreadsheet where everybody keeps track… You have license plates, car make, model, description of the person. And then as far as the staff members, the abortionists, you can identify if you got a new abortionist.”

The speakers in the video also confirm their goals have been advanced by an onerous new law in Texas, HB 2, that’s shuttered half of the state’s clinicsover the past year. In addition to the broad swaths of the state that no longer have a single abortion facility, forcing women to travel hundreds of miles to get to the nearest clinic, there’s a general atmosphere of uncertainty about where to end a pregnancy now that the law is in effect. Abortion opponents are happy to keep it that way.

“The poorer ones that are going there for abortions, they heard that it was going to close, so they quit going there,” Eileen Romano, a staffer at 40 Days For Life, told trainees. “They started going to health clinics because they thought it was closed and they didn’t have the transportation to get there. God is good.”

Progress Texas and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas are both decrying the “outrageous” and “disturbing” tactics outlined in the video, saying that Americans need to realize the true nature of the activism to end abortion.

“There’s been a misconception that these are just sweet little grannies, praying outside the clinic and just wanting to talk to women about their options,” Busby said. “This video really illustrates and drive home the point that this isn’t just about sitting outside a clinic and praying the rosary. This is about tracking, and stalking, and doing whatever you can to turn people away from a clinic — to intimidate them, to be a constant presence, and to keep women from accessing safe and legal abortion care.”

Progress Texas executive director Ed Espinoza added that the speakers in the video adamantly supported the GOP lawmakers who spearheaded HB 2 last year, and now there’s a “legitimate question” about whether those politicians agree with the extreme tactics being described.

The anti-abortion harassment in the state has only intensified as abortion clinics have been forced out of business, leaving fewer targets for anti-choice activists to go after. Another provision of the new state law, currently the subject of an ongoing court challenge, will impose even more restrictions on clinics if it’s allowed to take effect this fall. Experts in the state predict that the number of clinics will dwindle to just six unless that portion of HB 2 is successfully blocked. With just six clinics, Busby said she “can’t even imagine” how much the anti-abortion harassment in the state will increase.

This issue isn’t specific to Texas. Across the country, patients and staff at abortion clinics face significant harassment and intimidation that sometimes turns violent. Clinics are plagued by bombings, arson, vandalism, burglaries, shootings — and according to the National Abortion Federation, which tracks crimes against abortion providers, there have been 17 attempted murders of doctors since 1991. Imposing fixed buffer zones around abortion clinics is one proactive policy that’s helped keep persistent anti-choice protesters at bay; however, the Supreme Court recently ruled it goes too far to restrict protesters’ free speech rights.

Source: Tara Culp-Ressler for ThinkProgress

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ppaction:

Via 4000 Years For Choice.
Quote via Esquire.

As I said before - controlling women’s sexuality is the entire reason the pro-life movement exists.
You have to, have to, HAVE TO read this Esquire piece about Dr. Willie Parker. He flies around the country to perform abortions in underserved places like Mississippi, which only have one clinic left. The most powerful part is this quote at the end:
He thought about his mother and sisters and the grandmother who died in childbirth and began to read widely in the literature of civil rights and feminism. Eventually he came across the concept of “reproductive justice,” developed by black feminists who argued that the best way to raise women out of poverty is to give them control of their reproductive decisions. Finally, he had his “come to Jesus” moment and the bell rang. This would be his civil-rights struggle. He would serve women in their darkest moment of need. “The protesters say they’re opposed to abortion because they’re Christian,” Parker says. “It’s hard for them to accept that I do abortions because I’m a Christian.”
Seriously, read it.

thebicker:

ppaction:

Via 4000 Years For Choice.

Quote via Esquire.

As I said before - controlling women’s sexuality is the entire reason the pro-life movement exists.

You have to, have to, HAVE TO read this Esquire piece about Dr. Willie Parker. He flies around the country to perform abortions in underserved places like Mississippi, which only have one clinic left. The most powerful part is this quote at the end:

He thought about his mother and sisters and the grandmother who died in childbirth and began to read widely in the literature of civil rights and feminism. Eventually he came across the concept of “reproductive justice,” developed by black feminists who argued that the best way to raise women out of poverty is to give them control of their reproductive decisions. Finally, he had his “come to Jesus” moment and the bell rang. This would be his civil-rights struggle. He would serve women in their darkest moment of need. “The protesters say they’re opposed to abortion because they’re Christian,” Parker says. “It’s hard for them to accept that I do abortions because I’m a Christian.”

Seriously, read it.

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"Thirty-six percent of women having abortions in the second trimester reported that they needed time to raise money to have the abortion."

Finer, et al., 2006 (via actualfactsaboutabortion)

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