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#abortion

Rachel Maddow shares a clip from an Al Jazeera documentary featuring an Ohio State Legislator who is advocating extreme anti-abortion legislation.

I DON’T KNOW, I HAVE NEVER — IT’S A QUESTION I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT.

I DON’T KNOW, I HAVE NEVER — IT’S A QUESTION I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT.

I DON’T KNOW, I HAVE NEVER — IT’S A QUESTION I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT.

I DON’T KNOW, I HAVE NEVER — IT’S A QUESTION I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT.

I DON’T KNOW, I HAVE NEVER — IT’S A QUESTION I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT.

motherjones:

Are Virginia’s New Abortion Limits the Worst Yet?
Hint: Yes.
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I don’t even know what to say anymore.
I read yesterday that Kansas courts are requiring that they continue to fund Planned Parenthood in the area. I may not live there anymore, but this is really important. When I was seventeen my mom asked if I needed to be on birth control and when I said yes, she took me to Planned Parenthood. My friend and I dragged a friend of ours to their office repeatedly during our senior year of high school when she was making really self-destructive decisions. Not for an abortion like these people seem to think, but for birth control and pregnancy tests. If they stop funding Planned Parenthood in the area, so many people are going to be screwed. Kansas is a huge state. You can drive five hours and still be in Kansas. So shutting down any Planned Parenthoods in Kansas and Missouri is a problem. Hopefully Virginia’s new laws will get struck down like they did in Kansas.

motherjones:

Are Virginia’s New Abortion Limits the Worst Yet?

Hint: Yes.

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I don’t even know what to say anymore.

I read yesterday that Kansas courts are requiring that they continue to fund Planned Parenthood in the area. I may not live there anymore, but this is really important. When I was seventeen my mom asked if I needed to be on birth control and when I said yes, she took me to Planned Parenthood. My friend and I dragged a friend of ours to their office repeatedly during our senior year of high school when she was making really self-destructive decisions. Not for an abortion like these people seem to think, but for birth control and pregnancy tests. If they stop funding Planned Parenthood in the area, so many people are going to be screwed. Kansas is a huge state. You can drive five hours and still be in Kansas. So shutting down any Planned Parenthoods in Kansas and Missouri is a problem. Hopefully Virginia’s new laws will get struck down like they did in Kansas.

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sweetcommie:

my-abortion-story:

“I’ve had two abortions, one at 17 and one at 20.  The first taught me to use birth control responsibly and the second taught me that sometimes it fails.  My first experience visited a lot of guilt on me because even though I didn’t agree with anti-abortion rhetoric logically, I retained the fear that God would punish me for what I was doing.  But when I woke up in the recovery room with a dozen other women and saw the anguish mixed with relief in each of their faces I realized that whatever brought us here, nothing would be better in our lives under the added burden of caring for a child.  It took a while, but I forgave myself and never looked back.

My second experience was different but equally stressful.  I was working and going to school and when I found out that I was pregnant didn’t have enough money for hormonal birth control every month, let alone the abortion procedure and neither did my boyfriend.  I called around and found an organization that was willing to chip in the last third of the money and arrived at the clinic.  This time my emotions were much more limited.  It felt like going to the doctor for some other routine procedure, not an abortion.  I also went to a different clinic, a facility run completely by women who really seemed to care not only about a successful procedure, but about how we were dealing with the experience as individuals.  They even offered in-house counseling.  In both cases my greatest allies were my friends who supported me even if they didn’t agree, and my boyfriend who is now my husband and the person that I’d love to have children with when we’re both ready.”

This is a brand new Tumblr.

Doing my part to spread the word about this new blog!

motherjones:

Louisiana v. Roe
A Baton Rouge lawmaker introduces the country’s most extreme anti-abortion measure. One word: “feticide.”

The article mentions that this is the same man who tried to get the state to may poor women $1000 to get their tubes tied and suggested that there be tax incentives for rich, college-educated women to give birth.
Fuck that. You want fewer poor folks to have babies? Make birth control affordable and make abortion clinics more accessible for folks of all income levels finding themselves in the situation where they may need one.

motherjones:

Louisiana v. Roe

A Baton Rouge lawmaker introduces the country’s most extreme anti-abortion measure. One word: “feticide.”

The article mentions that this is the same man who tried to get the state to may poor women $1000 to get their tubes tied and suggested that there be tax incentives for rich, college-educated women to give birth.

Fuck that. You want fewer poor folks to have babies? Make birth control affordable and make abortion clinics more accessible for folks of all income levels finding themselves in the situation where they may need one.

The nationwide war on a woman’s right to choose secured significant victories this week. Yesterday, Arizona became the first state in the nation to criminalize abortions based on a problem that doesn’t exist. Virginia will now force 80 percent of its clinics to close. Not to be outdone, the Kansas legislature swiftly approved not one, but two anti-abortion bills yesterday. HB 2218, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, strictly limits abortions after 22 weeks “based on disputed research that fetuses can feel pain at that point of development.” Though only 1.5 percent of abortions are performed after this period, the bill marks a significant victory for anti-choice activists who “have turned fetal pain into a new front in their battle to restrict or ban abortion.”

But not all Republicans bought the Republican argument that “this is a significant advancement” and “a more appropriate benchmark for late-term abortions.” “It’s based on false research,” said GOP Rep. Barbara Bollier who joined 8 other Republicans who voted against the bill:

“No one really knows and it’s based on false research,” said Rep. Barbara Bollier, R-Mission Hills. “It’s not universally held and I would be embarrassed to be a state that bases its laws on untruths.”

Bollier’s skepticism is shared by many in the medical profession. Though debate exists, a thorough review of the medical evidence in the Journal of the American Medical Association determined that “pain perception probably does not function before the third trimester.” Before then, “the fetus’s higher pain pathways are not yet fully developed and functional.”

But why worry about “untruths” when right-wing lawmakers can use “false research” to challenge Roe v. Wade? This bill, a twin of Nebraska’s “first in the nation” fetal pain law, challenges the ruling’s key viability standard — “the point at which the fetus can live outside the womb” — as the point when states can ban abortions. These laws could submit fetal pain as “a new dividing line at which abortions could be banned.” Nebraska’s law, enacted last year, has already had drastic consequences — just ask Danielle Deaver.

Kansas’s second anti-abortion bill, HB 2035, would require parental consent for anyone under 18 to have an abortion. Current law requires that one parent be notified, but neither parent can veto a daughter’s abortion. Unsatisfied with tightening parental control, the GOP included provisions that allow family members to sue doctors and force women to agree that they’re terminating a human being:

* Allow a woman’s close family members to sue if they believe an illegal abortion was performed.

* Require providers of abortions to provide patients with a newly revised informed consent statement including wording that abortion “terminates the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.”

Both bills go directly to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R). Brownback, “who is pro-life, has promised to sign” the fetal pain measure into law. Florida, Arkansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, and Kentucky are mulling similar “fetal pain” bills.

KS GOP Rep. Slams Anti-Abortion Bill: I’m ‘Embarrassed To Be A State That Bases Its Laws On Untruths’

Kansas! First the evolution thing and now this! I had such hope after the death of poor Dr. Tiller.

But then again, Sam Brownback is governor now and that guy is an asshole. Even when he was a representative he was an ass.

motherjones:

Exploiting a live child (and a whole race) to lobby for fetuses…always classy.
iteeth:

Also, the mother of the little girl in the ad is pissed off that her kid is used to promote such a message.
thedailywhat:

Controversial Campaign of the Day: A recently unveiled billboard sponsored by the anti-abortion group Life Always is courting controversy on the corner of Watts St. and 6th Ave in SoHo, and beyond.
“The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb,” reads the sign, which is part of a national campaign targeting the black community. “During Black History Month, we celebrate our history, but our future is in jeopardy as a genocidal plot is carried out through abortion,” Life Always Board Member Pastor Stephen Broden is quoted as saying.
Planned Parenthood, which has a clinic situated a half-mile from the location of the billboard, released a statement calling the campaign “a reprehensible tactic,” adding that “Planned Parenthood knows that every woman, of every background, takes her health decisions seriously and makes deeply personal decisions after consulting with her doctor and with loved ones she trusts.”
[gothamist.]

motherjones:

Exploiting a live child (and a whole race) to lobby for fetuses…always classy.

iteeth:

Also, the mother of the little girl in the ad is pissed off that her kid is used to promote such a message.

thedailywhat:

Controversial Campaign of the Day: A recently unveiled billboard sponsored by the anti-abortion group Life Always is courting controversy on the corner of Watts St. and 6th Ave in SoHo, and beyond.

“The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb,” reads the sign, which is part of a national campaign targeting the black community. “During Black History Month, we celebrate our history, but our future is in jeopardy as a genocidal plot is carried out through abortion,” Life Always Board Member Pastor Stephen Broden is quoted as saying.

Planned Parenthood, which has a clinic situated a half-mile from the location of the billboard, released a statement calling the campaign “a reprehensible tactic,” adding that “Planned Parenthood knows that every woman, of every background, takes her health decisions seriously and makes deeply personal decisions after consulting with her doctor and with loved ones she trusts.”

[gothamist.]

motherjones:

Does providing abortions create a “nuisance”? Wichita judge says yes & blocks a doctor from offering them.

The landlord claims that protesters of the clinic would cause the nuisance.
I grew up outside Kansas City so I didn’t realize until middle school that the rest of the state was full of conservatives who regularly make me angry that we call the same state home.

motherjones:

Does providing abortions create a “nuisance”? Wichita judge says yes & blocks a doctor from offering them.

The landlord claims that protesters of the clinic would cause the nuisance.

I grew up outside Kansas City so I didn’t realize until middle school that the rest of the state was full of conservatives who regularly make me angry that we call the same state home.

Abortion clinic shut down after patients deaths »

I don’t even really know what to say. This makes me so sad for the women who thought this man was their only option for an abortion which is their right by law. They deserved so much better than what this man’s clinic gave them during a time in their lives that is already emotionally charged.

It makes me so angry because it just makes all abortion providers look terrible.