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abortionfriends:

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

by-grace-of-god:

via Abby Johnson

Where the fuck do you guys find this shit? Do you know how utterly misinformed this is, it’s really sad.
These prices vary from Planned Parenthood clinic to the next, so no, there is not set price and Planned Parenthood bases the price you pay off of your income, wild right?
Here is a Planned Parenthood calculator that gauges/esitimates the price you’ll pay for these services, first it’ll ask you your age, I chose between 18-24, next it’ll ask you about your income, the general monthly income for people who live on government assistance or who have minimum wage jobs, is about 700$, so I’ll put in 700$ monthly. Next it’ll ask you how many adults and children live in your house, I put 1, then it’ll ask you about what services you seek, what clinic you’ll be visiting (I just picked the first one) and it’ll ask if you’ve been to a Planned Parenthood within 3 years, I said no and these are the results:
Pregnancy Exam/Urine Pregnancy Test: Free.
In-Clinic 12 week abortion: 625$
Annual Exam or Check-up (Includes Pap, STI/STD Testing, and Pregnancy test): Free.
HIV Testing and Counseling: Free.
STD/STI Testing (There’s not such thing as “basic” or “advanced” packages, it’s just one test): Free.
IUD and IUD insertion (which includes an exam, a Pap, and possible STI testing): Free.
Birth Control Pills (including exam, pregnancy tests, and oral contraceptives): Free.
Depo-Provera Shot (includes exam, pap, and injection): Free.
Tell me again how Planned Parenthood is not a “charity for low income [persons]”. (Not  just women use planned parenthood you cissexist fuck.) That income of 700$ a month is what I made when I lived in the states on a minimum wage job, just two years ago, everything I put into that calculator was my life, it’s actually a LOT of people’s lives.
BTW some of the Cancer Screening and Prevention services that Planned Parenthood provides include Pap Tests, HPV Vaccinations, Breast Exams/ Breast Care, Colposcopy Procedures, LOOP/LEEP Procedures, Cryotherapy Procedures, and if for whatever reason a certain Planned Parenthood clinic cannot provide you with a certain service, their physician can refer you to a place that can help you with that certain service.
And Planned Parenthood also provides prenatal care. So before you continue spreading bullshit, especially without doing proper research, I suggest you study up or shut up. P.S. There were quite literally no sources or even proof given. - Paige

As an employee of this wonderful organization, I just wanted to add a few things:
1) You’re correct—Planned Parenthood is NOT a charity. It’s a not-for-profit business. They have to earn money to pay rent for their clinic, utilities, employee wages, etc., along with having to purchase supplies and equipment. Also, they provide services to people of ALL socioeconomic statuses, not just those with no insurance or minimum-wage/no income. Many people CHOOSE to use Planned Parenthood for their annual exams, STI tests, contraceptive services, treatment of gynecological problems, and prenatal care EVEN THOUGH they have private insurance or have a large annual income. 
2) No, Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms…but this is said as though it’s somehow shocking. It shouldn’t be shocking at all, because you know who else doesn’t provide mammograms? Almost every single OBGYN in the United States. Mammography is a type of radiologic diagnostic test that must be done by highly trained individuals on specific types of equipment and then interpreted by radiologists. Most people in need of mammograms are referred to a radiology or mammography CENTER by their physicians/PAs/NPs, where nothing but mammograms (or other diagnostic radiology) are performed. Sometimes, a hospital even has a “mammogram mobile,” which is exactly what it sounds like…a roving mammography center on wheels! This allows mammography access to people who otherwise might be unable to get transportation to get a mammogram. You know what else? Often, Planned Parenthood will collaborate with a hospital that has a “mammogram mobile,” and schedule a day or a weekend where it comes to the Planned Parenthood location in order to provide mammograms to Planned Parenthood’s patients *at a discounted cost*! However this isn’t available everywhere, so Planned Parenthood absolutely can and frequently does make referrals for people in need of mammograms! 
2a) A biopsy of a breast lump is another type of highly specific diagnostic test that is done when a person finds a lump in their breast, or a mammogram shows an area of concern. I once felt a lump in my breast at the age of 21, and frantically called the NP at the Planned Parenthood where I worked. She fit me in to the schedule for the next day, and said “hmm, Eve, this is a significant lump that needs to be biopsied. Let me get you a referral right now.” The NEXT DAY, I saw a physician in the *hospital*, and I was taken into a procedure room very similar to an operating room. I was given IV medications to put me at ease in a state of twilight sedation, my breast was numbed with local anesthetic, and the lump was biopsied. It was then sent to an on-site pathologist, who interpreted the results and informed me that I had aggregate adenosis—thankfully not breast cancer. The procedure would have been IDENTICAL had I gone to my primary care physician, OBGYN, an urgent care office, the emergency room, or Planned Parenthood. No matter who saw me for the lump, I would have been referred to this physician and had the biopsy under his care at the hospital. 
3) I have no clue where this blatant lie about a lack of prenatal care is coming from.  Planned Parenthood provides prenatal care. At my clinic, we absolutely do provide prenatal care at the DEEPLY discounted rate of $1,250 for those paying out of pocket. This fee includes all office visits, blood tests, ultrasounds, monitoring lab work if required, etc. Granted, just like with almost anything, this isn’t available at every single location. In the same way that not every Planned Parenthood location provides abortion, not all clinics provide prenatal care.  I can’t speak for the availability or pricing of prenatal care at every Planned Parenthood location, but I know that some locations that do not have in-house prenatal care actually partner with the local hospitals or even local private practices. When this happens, Planned Parenthood refers a pregnant patient who meets certain income criteria to their partner organization, and due to that referral, the person can receive comprehensive prenatal care at a price that is significantly discounted (often on a sliding scale) in comparison to IDENTICAL CARE provided to another patient of that organization. 
4) I’m sure that whoever made this “infographic” got legitimate information…for ONE clinic location. More than likely, those are the prices for someone who does not meet the income-based requirements for free or discounted services. Having said that, I’ll just point out that OF COURSE Planned Parenthood charges more for services than what they cost the clinic. Like with ANY business, that’s how they earn enough money to keep the doors open and the lights on. Literally every single “patient cost” on there is significantly more expensive than the highest possible cost to patients at my clinic, though. For instance, here’s a sampling of our prices!
Pregnancy tests: free for everyoneDepo shots: free-$40OCPs: free-$20IUD: $50 insertion fee-$300Comprehensive STI screening for HIV, RPR, GC/CT, & HSV (if sores/warts are present): free-$60Screening for HIV only (blood test OR oraquick): free-$20Nexplanon: $50 insertion fee-$200Emergency Contraception: free-$25
4a) Additionally, since the comment above this one mentions the cost for abortions, I want to show how prices on that can range as well. Below are the prices for the different types of abortions at our location. 
Medical Abortions: <8 weeks: $385
Surgical Abortions:<12 weeks: $28512w-12w6d: $38513w-13w6d: $485
These prices include pregnancy test, Rh screening, Rhogam injection if necessary, ultrasound (for legal compliance & pregnancy dating), counseling, and the follow-up appointment. Additionally, the cost for a medical abortion also includes the abortion medications, pain medication prescription (Tylox—20 pills dispensed on site), and antibiotics (Doxycycline—14 pills dispensed on site).  The cost for a surgical abortion also includes the surgical procedure and antibiotics (Doxycycline—14 pills dispensed on site). The only service that is NOT included in this price is the optional IV sedation for a surgical procedure. If a patient opts to have sedation, it is $30 regardless of how far along their pregnancy is. The $30 charge is literally what it costs the clinic to purchase the medication—absolutely no money is made off of a patient’s decision to have IV sedation at our location.  Additionally, there is an application that our patients can fill out to see if they qualify for financial assistance.  Depending on their income, the procedures of qualifying patients can be discounted from 25-100%.
Basically, here’s the point: fact-checking and context (for things such as the mammography & biopsy services mentioned above) are VITALLY IMPORTANT to being able to put something like this into the proper perspective. Every single thing someone says could be true, but it may only apply to ONE income level at ONE clinic in ONE town in ONE state. Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet just because someone took the time to make a fancy graphic. Shoot, don’t even believe me just because I took the time to type this all out or because I sound like a reliable source (***see footnote)! Look up information, research claims and numerical figures thoroughly and then form your own well-informed world view :)
I, for one, trust that you are 100% capable of thinking for yourself and coming to your own conclusions!
If you should have any questions about the information I provided in this post, other questions about Planned Parenthood’s practices/services, or would like to share a personal experience you have had at Planned Parenthood, please feel free to send them to our ask box (anonymously or otherwise)! As always, we will never publish something you send us without having your expressed consent!
—Eve
***Note: I would normally include links to my myriad sources for a post like this, however due the fact that I do not wish to disclose the specific clinic for which I work, I am choosing not to source my clinic’s price list. I’m truly sorry for that inconvenience, but I do hope you can understand and respect my decision to protect my anonymity & privacy online. Additionally, I would typically provide source links for all my points, but I am unfortunately having to post this from my cell phone, as my computer is off being fixed, and that makes it very difficult for me to do (I have most of my sources bookmarked or saved as PDFs on my hard drive). I truly apologize for not being able to properly cite my sources in this instance; thanks so much for your patience and understanding in this matter!

abortionfriends:

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

by-grace-of-god:

via Abby Johnson

Where the fuck do you guys find this shit? Do you know how utterly misinformed this is, it’s really sad.

These prices vary from Planned Parenthood clinic to the next, so no, there is not set price and Planned Parenthood bases the price you pay off of your income, wild right?

Here is a Planned Parenthood calculator that gauges/esitimates the price you’ll pay for these services, first it’ll ask you your age, I chose between 18-24, next it’ll ask you about your income, the general monthly income for people who live on government assistance or who have minimum wage jobs, is about 700$, so I’ll put in 700$ monthly. Next it’ll ask you how many adults and children live in your house, I put 1, then it’ll ask you about what services you seek, what clinic you’ll be visiting (I just picked the first one) and it’ll ask if you’ve been to a Planned Parenthood within 3 years, I said no and these are the results:

  • Pregnancy Exam/Urine Pregnancy Test: Free.
  • In-Clinic 12 week abortion: 625$
  • Annual Exam or Check-up (Includes Pap, STI/STD Testing, and Pregnancy test): Free.
  • HIV Testing and Counseling: Free.
  • STD/STI Testing (There’s not such thing as “basic” or “advanced” packages, it’s just one test): Free.
  • IUD and IUD insertion (which includes an exam, a Pap, and possible STI testing): Free.
  • Birth Control Pills (including exam, pregnancy tests, and oral contraceptives): Free.
  • Depo-Provera Shot (includes exam, pap, and injection): Free.

Tell me again how Planned Parenthood is not a “charity for low income [persons]”. (Not  just women use planned parenthood you cissexist fuck.) That income of 700$ a month is what I made when I lived in the states on a minimum wage job, just two years ago, everything I put into that calculator was my life, it’s actually a LOT of people’s lives.

BTW some of the Cancer Screening and Prevention services that Planned Parenthood provides include Pap Tests, HPV Vaccinations, Breast Exams/ Breast Care, Colposcopy Procedures, LOOP/LEEP Procedures, Cryotherapy Procedures, and if for whatever reason a certain Planned Parenthood clinic cannot provide you with a certain service, their physician can refer you to a place that can help you with that certain service.

And Planned Parenthood also provides prenatal care. So before you continue spreading bullshit, especially without doing proper research, I suggest you study up or shut up. P.S. There were quite literally no sources or even proof given. - Paige

As an employee of this wonderful organization, I just wanted to add a few things:

1) You’re correct—Planned Parenthood is NOT a charity. It’s a not-for-profit business. They have to earn money to pay rent for their clinic, utilities, employee wages, etc., along with having to purchase supplies and equipment. Also, they provide services to people of ALL socioeconomic statuses, not just those with no insurance or minimum-wage/no income. Many people CHOOSE to use Planned Parenthood for their annual exams, STI tests, contraceptive services, treatment of gynecological problems, and prenatal care EVEN THOUGH they have private insurance or have a large annual income. 

2) No, Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms…but this is said as though it’s somehow shocking. It shouldn’t be shocking at all, because you know who else doesn’t provide mammograms? Almost every single OBGYN in the United States. Mammography is a type of radiologic diagnostic test that must be done by highly trained individuals on specific types of equipment and then interpreted by radiologists. Most people in need of mammograms are referred to a radiology or mammography CENTER by their physicians/PAs/NPs, where nothing but mammograms (or other diagnostic radiology) are performed. Sometimes, a hospital even has a “mammogram mobile,” which is exactly what it sounds like…a roving mammography center on wheels! This allows mammography access to people who otherwise might be unable to get transportation to get a mammogram. You know what else? Often, Planned Parenthood will collaborate with a hospital that has a “mammogram mobile,” and schedule a day or a weekend where it comes to the Planned Parenthood location in order to provide mammograms to Planned Parenthood’s patients *at a discounted cost*! However this isn’t available everywhere, so Planned Parenthood absolutely can and frequently does make referrals for people in need of mammograms! 

2a) A biopsy of a breast lump is another type of highly specific diagnostic test that is done when a person finds a lump in their breast, or a mammogram shows an area of concern. I once felt a lump in my breast at the age of 21, and frantically called the NP at the Planned Parenthood where I worked. She fit me in to the schedule for the next day, and said “hmm, Eve, this is a significant lump that needs to be biopsied. Let me get you a referral right now.” The NEXT DAY, I saw a physician in the *hospital*, and I was taken into a procedure room very similar to an operating room. I was given IV medications to put me at ease in a state of twilight sedation, my breast was numbed with local anesthetic, and the lump was biopsied. It was then sent to an on-site pathologist, who interpreted the results and informed me that I had aggregate adenosis—thankfully not breast cancer. The procedure would have been IDENTICAL had I gone to my primary care physician, OBGYN, an urgent care office, the emergency room, or Planned Parenthood. No matter who saw me for the lump, I would have been referred to this physician and had the biopsy under his care at the hospital. 

3) I have no clue where this blatant lie about a lack of prenatal care is coming from.  Planned Parenthood provides prenatal care. At my clinic, we absolutely do provide prenatal care at the DEEPLY discounted rate of $1,250 for those paying out of pocket. This fee includes all office visits, blood tests, ultrasounds, monitoring lab work if required, etc. Granted, just like with almost anything, this isn’t available at every single location. In the same way that not every Planned Parenthood location provides abortion, not all clinics provide prenatal care.  I can’t speak for the availability or pricing of prenatal care at every Planned Parenthood location, but I know that some locations that do not have in-house prenatal care actually partner with the local hospitals or even local private practices. When this happens, Planned Parenthood refers a pregnant patient who meets certain income criteria to their partner organization, and due to that referral, the person can receive comprehensive prenatal care at a price that is significantly discounted (often on a sliding scale) in comparison to IDENTICAL CARE provided to another patient of that organization. 

4) I’m sure that whoever made this “infographic” got legitimate information…for ONE clinic location. More than likely, those are the prices for someone who does not meet the income-based requirements for free or discounted services. Having said that, I’ll just point out that OF COURSE Planned Parenthood charges more for services than what they cost the clinic. Like with ANY business, that’s how they earn enough money to keep the doors open and the lights on. Literally every single “patient cost” on there is significantly more expensive than the highest possible cost to patients at my clinic, though. For instance, here’s a sampling of our prices!

Pregnancy tests: free for everyone
Depo shots: free-$40
OCPs: free-$20
IUD: $50 insertion fee-$300
Comprehensive STI screening for HIV, RPR, GC/CT, & HSV (if sores/warts are present): free-$60
Screening for HIV only (blood test OR oraquick): free-$20
Nexplanon: $50 insertion fee-$200
Emergency Contraception: free-$25

4a) Additionally, since the comment above this one mentions the cost for abortions, I want to show how prices on that can range as well. Below are the prices for the different types of abortions at our location. 

Medical Abortions: 
<8 weeks: $385

Surgical Abortions:
<12 weeks: $285
12w-12w6d: $385
13w-13w6d: $485

These prices include pregnancy test, Rh screening, Rhogam injection if necessary, ultrasound (for legal compliance & pregnancy dating), counseling, and the follow-up appointment. Additionally, the cost for a medical abortion also includes the abortion medications, pain medication prescription (Tylox—20 pills dispensed on site), and antibiotics (Doxycycline—14 pills dispensed on site).  The cost for a surgical abortion also includes the surgical procedure and antibiotics (Doxycycline—14 pills dispensed on site). The only service that is NOT included in this price is the optional IV sedation for a surgical procedure. If a patient opts to have sedation, it is $30 regardless of how far along their pregnancy is. The $30 charge is literally what it costs the clinic to purchase the medication—absolutely no money is made off of a patient’s decision to have IV sedation at our location.  Additionally, there is an application that our patients can fill out to see if they qualify for financial assistance.  Depending on their income, the procedures of qualifying patients can be discounted from 25-100%.

Basically, here’s the point: fact-checking and context (for things such as the mammography & biopsy services mentioned above) are VITALLY IMPORTANT to being able to put something like this into the proper perspective. Every single thing someone says could be true, but it may only apply to ONE income level at ONE clinic in ONE town in ONE state. Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet just because someone took the time to make a fancy graphic. Shoot, don’t even believe me just because I took the time to type this all out or because I sound like a reliable source (***see footnote)! Look up information, research claims and numerical figures thoroughly and then form your own well-informed world view :)

I, for one, trust that you are 100% capable of thinking for yourself and coming to your own conclusions!

If you should have any questions about the information I provided in this post, other questions about Planned Parenthood’s practices/services, or would like to share a personal experience you have had at Planned Parenthood, please feel free to send them to our ask box (anonymously or otherwise)! As always, we will never publish something you send us without having your expressed consent!

—Eve

***Note: I would normally include links to my myriad sources for a post like this, however due the fact that I do not wish to disclose the specific clinic for which I work, I am choosing not to source my clinic’s price list. I’m truly sorry for that inconvenience, but I do hope you can understand and respect my decision to protect my anonymity & privacy online. Additionally, I would typically provide source links for all my points, but I am unfortunately having to post this from my cell phone, as my computer is off being fixed, and that makes it very difficult for me to do (I have most of my sources bookmarked or saved as PDFs on my hard drive). I truly apologize for not being able to properly cite my sources in this instance; thanks so much for your patience and understanding in this matter!

fight-for-equality:

goandannouce:

https://www.facebook.com/LifeBeginsAtConception

Actually you’re not considered dead when your heart stops beating. This is why many medical professionals still try to revive those whose hearts have stopped. Because medicine and science has found that death is not considered when your heart as stopped, but once all brain activity has ceased. Which is why they usually have around six minutes before there is no chance to revive. Because when the heart has stopped, your brain cells are deprived of oxygen and start to die.
Fetuses do not have regular brain activity until 25 weeks. At this point in gestation the only time an abortion would be performed is out of medical necessity to save the mother’s life, or to spare the fetus from a short and painful life. These only make up 1% of all abortions. And therefore by this argument, but with the knowledge of what is actually classified as death, a fetus isn’t ‘alive’ until roughly 25 weeks. Far after 99% of abortions are performed.
Please do actual research before trying to use emotional manipulative photos of babies that are born and NOT fetusesbefore parading it out and believing it as fact. Because you are only seriously misinforming yourself, and many others and furthering contributing to a movement that tries to control women’s bodies, when what they do with it does not affect you.
If you are so adamant about helping lives, try doing things for those who are in need and are actually sentient beings. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate to an organization that helps feed hungry children, support adoption of older children who are in foster care and are more likely to age out. But this? This does nothing.

fight-for-equality:

goandannouce:

https://www.facebook.com/LifeBeginsAtConception

Actually you’re not considered dead when your heart stops beating. This is why many medical professionals still try to revive those whose hearts have stopped. Because medicine and science has found that death is not considered when your heart as stopped, but once all brain activity has ceased. Which is why they usually have around six minutes before there is no chance to revive. Because when the heart has stopped, your brain cells are deprived of oxygen and start to die.

Fetuses do not have regular brain activity until 25 weeks. At this point in gestation the only time an abortion would be performed is out of medical necessity to save the mother’s life, or to spare the fetus from a short and painful life. These only make up 1% of all abortions. And therefore by this argument, but with the knowledge of what is actually classified as death, a fetus isn’t ‘alive’ until roughly 25 weeks. Far after 99% of abortions are performed.

Please do actual research before trying to use emotional manipulative photos of babies that are born and NOT fetusesbefore parading it out and believing it as fact. Because you are only seriously misinforming yourself, and many others and furthering contributing to a movement that tries to control women’s bodies, when what they do with it does not affect you.

If you are so adamant about helping lives, try doing things for those who are in need and are actually sentient beings. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate to an organization that helps feed hungry children, support adoption of older children who are in foster care and are more likely to age out. But this? This does nothing.

I had a patient in the clinic who really did not want an abortion but who had no resources to cover the costs of prenatal care or childbirth. She was single and without insurance coverage but made just enough money to be ineligible for state assistance. She already had outstanding bills at the hospital and with the local ob-gyn practice. No doctor would see her without payment up front.

We were willing to do the abortion for a reduced rate or for free if necessary. But she really didn’t want an abortion. Once I understood her situation, I went to the phone and called the local ‘crisis pregnancy center.’

"Hello, this is Dr. Wicklund."

Dead silence. I might as well have said I was Satan.

"Hello?" I said again. "This is Dr. Wicklund."

"Hello," very tentatively, followed by another long silence.

"I need help with a patient," I said. She came to me for an abortion, but really doesn’t want one. What she really needs is someone to do her prenatal care and birth for free."

"What do you expect us to do?"

I let that hang for a minute.

This Common Secret, Susan Wicklund

Crisis Pregnancy Centers often disguise themselves as medical facilities, with advertisements offering “help” with an unplanned pregnancy. Their main goal is to keep the pregnant person from having an abortion at all costs. Usually, all they’ll give you is a free pregnancy test, some baby clothes, and maybe a box of diapers.

The patient referred to in the quote was given free prenatal care and did not have to pay the financial cost of childbirth by a local anti-choice doctor. She would often stop by Dr. Wicklund’s office to let her know how she was doing:

"He (the doctor) always moans and groans about being tricked into [doing this]," she says. "Then he goes off on these tirades against abortion."

(via provoice)

"This Common Secret" is such a phenomenal book. And yeah, crisis pregnancy centers are generally evil, so there’s that.

(via thebicker)

 

(via themindislimitless)

chakrabot:

maja-stina:

fandomsandfeminism:

generalmaluga:

albinwonderland:

fandomsandfeminism:

betterthanabortion:

"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.

Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon. 
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy. 
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died. 
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies. 

reblogging for commentary 

But, assuming the mother wasn’t raped, the choice to HAVE a baby and risk sacrificing their “bodily autonomy” is a choice that the mother made. YOu don’t have to have sex with someone. Cases of rape aside, it isn’t ethical to say abortion is justified. The unborn baby has rights, too. 

First point: Bodily autonomy can be preserved, even if another life is dependent on it. See again the example about the blood donation. 
And here’s another point: When you say that “rape is the exception” you betray something FUNDAMENTALLY BROKEN about your own argument.
Because a fetus produced from sexual assault is biologically NO DIFFERENT than a fetus produced from consensual sex. No difference at all.
If one is alive, so is the other. If one is a person, so is the other. If one has a soul, then so does the other. If one is a little blessing that happened for a reason and must be protected, then so is the other. 
When you say that “Rape is the exception” what you betray is this: It isn’t about a life. This isn’t about the little soul sitting inside some person’s womb, because if it was you wouldn’t care about HOW it got there, only that it is a little life that needs protecting.
When you say “rape is the exception” what you say is this: You are treating pregnancy as a punishment. You are PUNISHING people who have had CONSENSUAL SEX but don’t want to go through a pregnancy. People who DARED to have consensual sex without the goal of procreation in mind, and this is their “consequence.” 
And that is gross. 

This has been added to since I last saw it, so reblogging again.

Busted wide open.

chakrabot:

maja-stina:

fandomsandfeminism:

generalmaluga:

albinwonderland:

fandomsandfeminism:

betterthanabortion:

"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.

Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.

See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon. 

Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy. 

To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died. 

You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies. 

reblogging for commentary 

But, assuming the mother wasn’t raped, the choice to HAVE a baby and risk sacrificing their “bodily autonomy” is a choice that the mother made. YOu don’t have to have sex with someone. Cases of rape aside, it isn’t ethical to say abortion is justified. The unborn baby has rights, too. 

First point: Bodily autonomy can be preserved, even if another life is dependent on it. See again the example about the blood donation. 

And here’s another point: When you say that “rape is the exception” you betray something FUNDAMENTALLY BROKEN about your own argument.

Because a fetus produced from sexual assault is biologically NO DIFFERENT than a fetus produced from consensual sex. No difference at all.

If one is alive, so is the other. If one is a person, so is the other. If one has a soul, then so does the other. If one is a little blessing that happened for a reason and must be protected, then so is the other. 

When you say that “Rape is the exception” what you betray is this: It isn’t about a life. This isn’t about the little soul sitting inside some person’s womb, because if it was you wouldn’t care about HOW it got there, only that it is a little life that needs protecting.

When you say “rape is the exception” what you say is this: You are treating pregnancy as a punishment. You are PUNISHING people who have had CONSENSUAL SEX but don’t want to go through a pregnancy. People who DARED to have consensual sex without the goal of procreation in mind, and this is their “consequence.” 

And that is gross. 

This has been added to since I last saw it, so reblogging again.

Busted wide open.

thisgingerisdonewithurshit:

thisgingerisdonewithurshit:

One of two fake abortion clinics on the same street as the REAL center, the EMW’s Women Center here in downtown Louisville. This one is right next door to the actual clinic and this place is seriously a nightmarish hell-hole for any unsuspecting women tricked by the anti’s. They assure you this this the abortion clinic, they get you inside, and then offer you food and drink—which of course, means that once you realize your mistake, you can’t run next door and catch your actual appointment, since you need to fast.
Women have come out of this building crying, and on a few rare occasions, without their pants. They take you to a back room for an ultrasound, have you remove your pants, and then begin lecturing you on the sins of aborting. They do not give you back your pants until you have listened, and a few women tricked this far refused to listen and stormed out furious, ashamed, and in their underwear.
This is the anti-choice agenda—lying, tricking, shaming, and embarrassing women to the brink of hysterics in hopes that she carry the pregnancy to term. Forcing her, through lies and manipulation, to do with her body what THEY want, not what is best for her.
There is no “choice” at the Louisville “Women’s Choice” clinics. Just abuse, shame, and bigots who would rather undress a woman to make her feel vulnerable and then explain how awful of a person she is than let her make HER. CHOICE.

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thisgingerisdonewithurshit:

thisgingerisdonewithurshit:

One of two fake abortion clinics on the same street as the REAL center, the EMW’s Women Center here in downtown Louisville. This one is right next door to the actual clinic and this place is seriously a nightmarish hell-hole for any unsuspecting women tricked by the anti’s. They assure you this this the abortion clinic, they get you inside, and then offer you food and drink—which of course, means that once you realize your mistake, you can’t run next door and catch your actual appointment, since you need to fast.

Women have come out of this building crying, and on a few rare occasions, without their pants. They take you to a back room for an ultrasound, have you remove your pants, and then begin lecturing you on the sins of aborting. They do not give you back your pants until you have listened, and a few women tricked this far refused to listen and stormed out furious, ashamed, and in their underwear.

This is the anti-choice agenda—lying, tricking, shaming, and embarrassing women to the brink of hysterics in hopes that she carry the pregnancy to term. Forcing her, through lies and manipulation, to do with her body what THEY want, not what is best for her.

There is no “choice” at the Louisville “Women’s Choice” clinics. Just abuse, shame, and bigots who would rather undress a woman to make her feel vulnerable and then explain how awful of a person she is than let her make HER. CHOICE.

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(Source: thisgingerischronic)

A three-day-old human embryo is a collection of 150 cells called a blastocyst. There are, for the sake of comparison, more than 100,000 cells in the brain of a fly. If our concern is about suffering in this universe, it is rather obvious that we should be more concerned about killing flies than about killing three-day-old human embryos… Many people will argue that the difference between a fly and a three-day-old human embryo is that a three-day-old human embryo is a potential human being. Every cell in your body, given the right manipulations, every cell with a nucleus is now a potential human being. Every time you scratch your nose, you’ve committed a holocaust of potential human beings… Let’s say we grant it that every three-day-old human embryo has a soul worthy of our moral concern. First of all, embryos at this stage can split into identical twins. Is this a case of one soul splitting into two souls? Embryos at this stage can fuse into a chimera. What has happened to the extra human soul in such a case? This is intellectually indefensible, but it’s morally indefensible given that these notions really are prolonging scarcely endurable misery of tens of millions of human beings, and because of the respect we accord religious faith, we can’t have this dialogue in the way that we should. I submit to you that if you think the interests of a three-day-old blastocyst trump the interests of a little girl with spinal cord injuries or a person with full-body burns, your moral intuitions have been obscured by religious metaphysics.

Sam Harris, on stem cell research. (via bostonwalkforchoice)

Only in America can you be pro-death penalty, pro-war, pro-unmanned drone bombs, pro-nuclear weapons, pro-guns, pro-torture, pro-land mines, and still call yourself ‘pro-life.’

John Fugelsang (via setbabiesonfire)

mirtasan:

rcsolstice:

my-life-just-for-one-more-day:

I hate when people who are against abortion say “funny how everyone who is pro-choice had pro-life parents” Actually no, my mother is pro-choice. She just CHOSE not to get an abortion and have me. Because it’s a CHOICE. Believe it or not you can be pro-choice and still choose not to get an abortion.

Like do they assume all people that are pro-choice never have kids?

It’s a complete lack of critical thinking ability.

(Source: how-soonis-now)

piscula:

  • A woman in Utah gave birth to twins. When one was stillborn, she was arrested and charged with criminal homicide based on the claim that her decision to delay cesarean surgery was the cause of the stillbirth.
  • After a hearing that lasted less than a day, a court issued an order requiring a critically-ill pregnant woman in Washington, D.C. to undergo cesarean surgery over her objections. Neither she nor her baby survived.
  • A judge in Ohio kept a woman imprisoned to prevent her from having an abortion.
  • A woman in Oregon who did not comply with a doctor’s recommendation to have additional testing for gestational diabetes was subjected to involuntary civil commitment. During her detention, the additional testing was never performed.
  • A Louisiana woman was charged with murder and spent approximately a year in jail before her counsel was able to show that what was deemed a murder of a fetus or newborn was actually a miscarriage that resulted from medication given to her by a health care provider.
  • In Texas, a pregnant woman who sometimes smoked marijuana to ease nausea and boost her appetite gave birth to healthy twins. She was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance to a minor.
  • A doctor in Wisconsin had concerns about a woman’s plans to have her birth attended by a midwife. As a result, a civil court order of protective custody for the woman’s fetus was obtained. The order authorized the sheriff’s department to take the woman into custody, transport her to a hospital, and subject her to involuntary testing and medical treatment.
  • And now a woman is being berated for moving cities while pregnant
teachthemhowtothink:

fandomsandfeminism:

betterthanabortion:

"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.

Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon. 
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy. 
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died. 
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies. 

Perfect response is perfect.

teachthemhowtothink:

fandomsandfeminism:

betterthanabortion:

"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.

Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.

See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon. 

Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy. 

To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died. 

You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies. 

Perfect response is perfect.

bebinn:

rhrealitycheck:

Scarlet Letters: Getting the History of Abortion and Contraception Right 

Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.


Reminder that records of contraception and abortion exist all the way back to 1550 BCE in ancient Egypt!
This was a really fascinating read. Until the early 19th century, abortion was legal until “quickening,” or when the pregnant person first felt the baby kick - anywhere from 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy. Society only began to condemn it when people decided white, middle- to upperclass women weren’t having enough children soon enough in their lives, and when male doctors started taking over traditionally female health care fields, like midwifery.
Yep, shockingly enough, it’s never, ever been about the life of the fetus - only about misogyny, racism, and classism (ableism, too, though the article doesn’t discuss it).

bebinn:

rhrealitycheck:

Scarlet Letters: Getting the History of Abortion and Contraception Right

Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.

Reminder that records of contraception and abortion exist all the way back to 1550 BCE in ancient Egypt!

This was a really fascinating read. Until the early 19th century, abortion was legal until “quickening,” or when the pregnant person first felt the baby kick - anywhere from 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy. Society only began to condemn it when people decided white, middle- to upperclass women weren’t having enough children soon enough in their lives, and when male doctors started taking over traditionally female health care fields, like midwifery.

Yep, shockingly enough, it’s never, ever been about the life of the fetus - only about misogyny, racism, and classism (ableism, too, though the article doesn’t discuss it).

ppaction:

Pretty much one of the best (and most awesome-looking) explanations of what’s going on in the fight for women’s health, nationwide. And yes, it’s a fight. 

- Stealth Attack: The New Abortion Laws (by the amazing Jen Sorensen)