Simply put, in most places in this country women that are still young enough to produce viable eggs will not find it easy to obtain a permanent “de-fertility” option. Are you 27 and want your tubes tied? Sorry, you may want kids later, trust us. Have children but don’t want anymore and are tired of taking a daily pill to prevent children? Just keep that up for 10 more years, next thing you’ll know, you will hit menopause and voila! Problem solved.
Except this is all bullshit, because women are not required to produce children, yet they are expected to be the sole responsible party for the life and death of the human race. Women of reproductive age are expected to not only have children, but to desire children. If they don’t want children, they are murderers (pro-choice) , uninformed or just plain sick in the head.
If [someone] has reproductive choice but can’t afford it, with all practical intents and purposes, [they] do not have reproductive choice. A right on paper is not a right.
Katherine Cross (via homoarigato)
How can I tell Crisis Pregnancy Centers and Real Reproductive Health Centers Apart?
Someone asked us:
I heard about crisis pregnancy centers and how it gives incorrect and biased information about abortion, and in my area, an Open Arms Pregnancy Center opened near my school and how would I be able to tell if it’s similar/bad?
Oh man, crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) really grate my cheese. It can sometimes be tough to tell whether a clinic is a CPC because they’re specifically designed to be deceptive. They use the ol’ bait-n-switch to trick vulnerable people dealing with unwanted pregnancies into thinking they’ll get legit health care and counseling. Instead, visitors are treated to an alarmist, medically-inaccurate, liar-liar-pants-on-fire speech intended to scare them out of having an abortion or even just using birth control. EW!
- Are not staffed by doctors, nurses, ultrasound techs, or any other real health care professionals.
- Say that abortion causes breast cancer, sterility, and long-term psychological damage (lies, lies, and more lies).
- Provide misleading information about the side effects and failure rates of birth control and condoms.
- Use manipulative tactics to get pregnant women to delay real counseling or medical care until it’s too late for a legal abortion.
- Subject people to religious and ideological propaganda against abortion, birth control, condoms, and/or sexual activity, instead of giving non-biased, factual information about their sexual health.
- Set up shop very close to legitimate reproductive health centers, hoping to confuse patients.
Probably the easiest way to determine if a clinic is a CPC is to call and inquire about their services. If they say they don’t provide abortion, birth control, STD testing, or condoms, or they won’t refer you to places that do, it’s a pretty clear indication that something’s fishy. Often they won’t give you any information about their services at all over the phone, demanding that you visit the CPC in person. A health center that is not up front about their services is probably up to no good. Sad face.
Everyone deserves quality, factual, non-judgmental medical care, which is the last thing you’ll get at a CPC. So good for you for keeping an eye out and being smart and proactive about your health care! You can always rely on your local Planned Parenthood health center for unbiased information about all of your reproductive health options.
-Kendall at Planned Parenthood
Women feel more guilt than men, not because of some weird chromosomal issue but because they have a history of being blamed for other people’s behavior. You get hit, you must have annoyed someone; you get raped, you must have excited someone; your kid is a junkie, you must have brought him up wrong.
Guilt Poisons Women by Germaine Greer (via mymangotree)
A friend of mine took me to a SNCC [Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee] meeting, six or seven months after I was here. At the end of the meeting they announced that buses were going to Montgomery, Alabaman, to demonstrate. I went there, got beaten up, thrown in jail.
They let you make one phone call, and I called the Ugandan Ambassador in Washington, DC, talked to him, and he said, “What are you doing interfering in the affairs of a foreign country?” I said, “What? We just got our independence! This is the same struggle. Have you forgotten?” Anyway, he got me out.
Two or three weeks later, I was in my room. There was a knock at the door. Two gentlemen in trench coats and hats said, “FBI.” I thought, “Wow, just like on television.” They sat down. They were there to find out why I had gone – because this turned out to be big – it is after Montgomery that King organized his march on Selma. They wanted to know who had influenced me. After one hour of probing, the guy said, “Do you like Marx?”
I said, “I haven’t met him.”
Guy said, “No, no, he’s dead.”
“Wow, what happened?”
“No, no, he died long ago.”
I thought the guy Marx had just died. So then, “Why are you asking me if he died long ago?”
“No, he wrote a lot. He wrote that poor people should not be poor.”
I said, “Sounds amazing.”
I’m giving you a sense of how naïve I was. After they left, I went to the library to look for Marx. So that was my introduction to Karl Marx … The FBI.
The massive, frustrated energies of a mainly young, disillusioned electorate that has long since abandoned the idea that we all have a duty to vote. This is like being told you have a duty to buy a new car, but you have to choose immediately between a Ford and a Chevy.
Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ‘72 (via crownless)
We hope you’ll consider this simple truth this weekend.
You don’t need a special day to be kind. Every day is the perfect day to perform a random act of kindness.
Now get out there and do some good! And have an amazing weekend.