funny how a bunch of white people can violently harass people going into an abortion clinic and the cops never show up even when they’re physically touching the patients against their will but if black people organize a totally non-violent and non-confrontational protest after a member of their community has been murdered they bring out the police dogs and shotguns and claim it’s going to be a riot lol
Penis means ‘little tail’ in Latin, but I’m pretty sure it means something else in English.
Pencil also means ‘little tail’ and was in fact, the old word for penis in Latin, but again, I’m fairly sure it means something else in English.
Seminar is Latin for semen, but I’m pretty sure it means something different in English.
Fundamental is Latin for buttocks, but I’m pretty sure it means something different in English.
I sense a theme here… maybe it’s got something to do with the fact that we’re not speaking Latin, and that the meaning in Latin isn’t the same as the meaning in English and therefore has no bearing on the argument whatsoever.
I know that there are followers of mine who don’t like the use of Guttmacher or Planned Parenthood for this information. Be rest assured that the academic, scientific, and medical community as a whole support the information here. It’s a widespread consensus, despite what anti-choicers try to say. Please see the references.
Wow. Way more than I estimated. How much good could that money have done?
Just a reminder that 73% of people who had abortions said they couldn’t afford a baby. Apparently it’s much more fun to organize mass shaming events (or build multi-million dollar “abortion memorials”) than it is to address the actual problem.
Abortion is not only a woman’s issue. I repeat abortion is not only a woman’s issue. Trans men have abortions, people who don’t identify as woman have abortions and they deserve to be included in our activist framework.
But it IS a woman’s issue. Just because there is a 1% of people with one leg does not mean that humans are no longer bipedal. Reducing abortion as a people with a uterus-issue derails the conversation too much from who it affects mostly. And if these men are really trans, would they really wish to be reminded of their uterus all the time? Isn’t that triggering?
Abortion is a woman’s issue and I welcome those who aren’t women but do have a uterus to fight for it alongside with us as a woman’s issue out of solidarity with us.
No one is saying it isn’t a woman’s issue. It IS a woman’s issue. But it is also an issue for other people as well. Those who don’t identify as women but have uteri are in solidarity with us, but recognizing them in the pro-choice movement is necessary too.
Abortion, and bodily autonomy really, is a human rights issue. It’s a woman’s issue but it is also so many others as well. Diversifying the conversation does not detract the fact that the majority of people requiring abortion are women.
this scene really got me. I think it’s a perfect example of people’s views on abortions.
For 75 years 1000+ children have been sent into the arena to fight for survival for the enjoyment of the richest people. Then along with that there are a million+ children across the other districts living in abstract poverty. All of them too, fighting for survival. The chance for them to move up in the world is virtually impossible because they don’t have the tools to do so and the people above them have kept them down as much as possible.
However the idea that a foetus, a blob of cells, is at risk and suddenly they stand up and protest.
Too much value is placed on the unborn, and not enough on those already alive.
SOMEONE FINALLY SAID THE THING *THANK YOU*
Thanks for asking!
Problem Language: Woman/Women
Gender Neutral Language: Person/People
Sentence: “I support a person’s right to choose.” - “People having on demand access to abortion in crucial.”
Problem Language: Pregnant Women/Woman
Gender Neutral Language: Pregnant Person/People
Sentence: “A pregnant person is most likely to abort in the first trimester.” - “Unsafe abortion is a leading killer of pregnant people.”
Problem Language: Woman/Women
Gender Neutral Language: Person/People who can become pregnant.
Sentence: “A person who can become pregnant should be able to seek reproductive health services without laws or stigma getting in the way.” - “Over 3/4 of people who can become pregnant do not have an abortion provider in their county.”
Problem Language: Woman/Women
Gender Neutral Language: Person/People this issue affects.
Sentence: “1 in 3 people this issue affects will have an abortion by age 40.” - “A person this issue affects may have difficulty affording an abortion.”
Problem Language: Mother
Gender Neutral Language: Pregnant Person/Parent
Sentence: “The chance of the pregnant person feeling regret after an abortion is actually statistically low.” - “The parent decided to terminate the pregnancy to take better care of their existing child.”
I did not include “People with uteruses” or “Person with a uterus” due to trans and Non-binary people telling me they find it triggering and reducing them to body parts. There’s plenty of alternatives, so let’s make our spaces safe and comfortable for everyone.
This should make it extremely clear what language to use and how to use it. If I have forgotten something or I am suggesting problematic language please let me know and I’ll make alterations.
I went to a screening of “After Tiller” last night. The movie opens with the 911 call from the Reformation Lutheran Church, where Dr. George Tiller had been shot in the head as he left the service. It wasn’t the first attempt on his life, but this time, it was successful.
There are only four doctors in the United States who perform abortions after the second trimester. They, their families, and anyone associated with them face daily harassment and death threats. One physician’s elderly mother couldn’t count the number of times she’s received threatening phone calls. One doctor’s landlord’s child was picketed at her elementary school.
We don’t often think about the patients these doctors are serving.
You can’t ever describe in words what they are enduring. You can only listen to them. Many face severe fetal abnormalities - missing brains, breaking bones, joints that will never bend, fetuses dying in the womb - and still others simply didn’t know they were pregnant until they were too far along. A 19-year-old mother trying to finish school. A French woman 35 weeks along, isolated in Ukraine and still having her period every month throughout the pregnancy. A 16-year-old pro-life Catholic struggling with self-hatred and her decision. A young couple trying to choose the most loving option for their dying child.
A scene of a young woman, during her follow-up exam, holding on for dear life to Dr. Warren Hern as she wept for her loss. Dr. Susan Robinson, bearing a heavy weight on her shoulders as she refuses to perform an abortion on the woman from France, and her secretary holding her head in her hands after she finishes breaking the news to the woman. A nervously jiggling, sneakered foot in the counseling room, hands twisting a wedding band around and around. A beautiful bouquet of white flowers from a grateful couple.
Dr. LeRoy Carhart’s thousand-yard stare as he scrolls through a website calling for his death. The raging inferno that destroyed his family’s home and killed seventeen horses. Men holding signs that say “Women Do Regret Abortion” and casually professing their disdain for the evil inside the clinics. Women with their mouths taped shut, standing behind a man shouting into microphones. Pleading, beguiling voices calling to a young patient as she enters a clinic. And the 911 call when Dr. Tiller was shot in the head.
These doctors can never retire. Most will probably work until they physically can’t anymore. Training for new abortion providers is improving, but they face numerous obstacles after med school. Catholic hospitals refuse to allow their doctors to perform abortions, even outside the hospital. Groups of doctors may hold the same views. Communities band together to bar providers from practicing, and more potential providers fear for their lives. The passion and beliefs are there, but the energy and strength to combat picketers and terrorists is not.
People in the audience afterward spoke of their experiences before Roe v. Wade. One doctor recalled an entire ward for “miscarriages” that disappeared after the Supreme Court decision in 1973. A woman told of passing a hat around her circle of friends so one of them could travel out of the country to get an abortion. A young doctor required training residents to listen to her patients share the distance they traveled to get to her clinic. She wondered why the media is ignoring reports of illegal abortions happening right now, every day in the United States because of restrictive laws and no access to safe, legal abortion.
I wish everyone would watch this movie. Most people who see it are likely already pro-choice, but even within the movement there’s an immense lack of understanding and stigma against people who perform and undergo late term abortions. It tore at my heart to see picketers outside clinics who had not even the tiniest inkling of what - and who - they were protesting. I wish their compassion extended to the patients.
61% of women having an abortion are already mothers, I’d really like this fact to be more well known.
I am a Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust. 1/3 of my generation is gone and I will not turn my back on this tragedy. I have taken up my cross and joined the front lines of the Abortion Wars.
I will mourn the lost of 56+ million babies, I will grieve over the death of baby Isaiah, I will fight for the inherent right to life, for women to stop being treated as sex objects and for the post-abortive mothers and fathers who suffer in silence, and lastly pray for the end of abortion.
"I am a Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust.”
Are you a Jew, homosexual, disabled person, Roma, Jehovah’s Witness, born into 1940 Germany? No? Then you are not a survivor of the Holocaust.
"1/3 of my generation is gone and I will not turn my back on this tragedy."
Yeah, and one third of ‘your generation’ lives in poverty, is hungry, needs medical care, is being abused, and needs support yet you weep over the ‘injustice’ of abortion.
"I have taken up my cross and joined the front lines of the Abortion Wars."
You are not Jesus. You are not a hero. You are a person sitting behind a little screen crying over some fertilized eggs.
"I will mourn the lost of 56+ million babies,"
Mourn the loss of the BILLIONS of babies who will die from hunger. Or who will die TONIGHT because of lack of health services. Mourn the loss of the MILLIONS of little girls who will die by suicide, in childbirth, or by the hands of their husbands because they are child-brides. Fetuses do not need you, real, living little kids need you.
"I will grieve over the death of baby Isaiah, I will fight for the inherent right to life,"
Sorry to break it to ya, but there isn’t an ‘inherent right to life.’ If there was, war, poverty, lack of healthcare, and the death penalty wouldn’t be around.
"for women to stop being treated as sex objects"
The first step of this is to stop seeing us as objects to carry a pregnancy. If we don’t want to be pregnant, we don’t want to be fucking pregnant and there is NOTHING you can say that will stop that.
"and for the post-abortive mothers and fathers who suffer in silence,"
Or you can just support them, no need to ‘fight’ anyone. People who regret their abortion need, first and foremost, people like you to shut the fuck up about ‘abortion is evil!’ ‘abortion kills a baby!’ because THAT is what causes the stigma. THAT makes people suffer. Second, they need people who will LISTEN without judgement. They need people who will SUPPORT how they feel, even if they are HAPPY about their abortion.
"and lastly pray for the end of abortion."
Good. Keep praying. Because everyone knows praying gets shit done.
If you don’t like abortions, don’t have one.
HOLOCAUST AINT A FUCKING BUZZWORD TO PROVE A POINT
YOU DO NOT DO THAT
DON’T FUCKING USE HOLOCAUST TO TRY AND CONVINCE PEOPLE OF ANYTHING
Crisis pregnancy centers are sometimes called fake abortion clinics because of their tendency to locate themselves near real clinics and use deceptive names and advertising. Their real goal is to prevent clients from having an abortion, even if this means lying. These myths are perpetuated on CPC websites, advertisements, materials in the center, and in person.
1) Lie: Abortion causes breast cancer
2) Lie: Abortion causes infertility
Truth: While complications with abortion, just as with any other reproductive procedure, can have an effect on future fertility, abortion does not have a unique negative effect on fertility. [source] [source]
3) Lie: Abortion causes mental health problems
Truth: Sometimes referred to by anti-abortion activists as “Post-Abortion Syndrome” or “Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome,” these effects aren’t supported by the American Psychological Association or the American Psychiatric Association. [source] [source] [source]
4) Lie: Abortion is dangerous
Truth: Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, with a risk of less than 0.05% of major complications that may need hospital care. The risk of death associated with abortion is 1/1,000,000 before 8 weeks and 1/29,000 at 16-20 weeks. [source]
5) Lie: Birth control and condoms don’t work
Truth: The effectiveness of birth control depends on how well it’s used. Condoms have a 98% effectiveness rate when used perfectly, but that goes down to 82% with “typical” use. Long-term methods, such as the IUD and implant, are over 99% effective.
Birth control works best when multiple methods are used together, such as consistently taking the birth control pill and using condoms, or having an IUD and using the pull-out method. [source] [source] [source]
6) Lie: Emergency contraception is abortion
Truth: Emergency contraception, also known as the “morning after pill” or by one brand’s name, Plan B, works primarily to stop the ovary from releasing an egg that can be fertilized by incoming sperm. This prevents a pregnancy from occurring in the first place, and EC will not work if a fertilized egg has already implanted in the uterus. There is no evidence to suggest that EC prevents a fertilized egg from implanting. [source] [source] [source] [source]
7) Lie: The abortion pill doesn’t work on ectopic pregnancies
Truth: This is a half-truth. The medication typically used in medication abortions, mifepristone, has no effect on an ectopic pregnancy. However, methotrexate is also sometimes used in medication abortions, either in pill or injection form, and it can treat an ectopic pregnancy. [source]
8) Lie: Embryos and fetuses can feel pain during an abortion
Truth: The current research finds that fetuses likely cannot perceive pain or distinguish it from touch until the third trimester of pregnancy. Nearly 99% of abortions happen before this point. [source] [source] [source]
Rebloggable, as requested.
Ooooooh. Facts on facts on facts.
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
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.
<8 weeks: $385
<12 weeks: $285
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!
***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!
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."
"This Common Secret" is such a phenomenal book. And yeah, crisis pregnancy centers are generally evil, so there’s that.