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The United States has a pro-life problem. Every day, clinics across the country are besieged by protestors, causing emotional distress to patients and threatening the safety and privacy of patients and clinic staff. Protestors hold gory, photoshopped or mislabeled posters, shout obscenities, pray and sing loudly, stalk patients and staff, and condemn passersby to hell for…walking past, I guess. Some students even get school credit for protesting.
One of the more egregious types of protestors is the “sidewalk counselor,” who, despite having no professional or medical training to claim the title, follows patients up and down the sidewalk, pleading with them not to enter the clinic (and perhaps instead, to visit one of their fake clinics).
At least eight abortion clinic employees have been murdered by anti-abortion extremists since the early 1990’s. Other acts of terrorism include multiple cases of attempted murder, arson, bombings, anthrax threats, stalking, death threats, and vandalism. These extremists usually participated in clinic protests before their attacks, or were associated with anti-abortion groups.
Helpers of God’s Precious Infants protesting outside a clinic in New York City (via @Tracie713)
Protestors outside a clinic in Englewood, New York. Clinic escorts are in neon vests (via Merle Hoffman)
Rain won’t keep away the protestors outside Louisville, Kentucky’s only abortion clinic (via Every Saturday Morning)
A ring of protestors surrounds the buffer zone outside the Coastal Birth Control Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (via USNews)
Over 200 students from Virginia’s Christendom College swarm a Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C. (via LifeSiteNews)
It is completely unconscionable that pro-lifers feel the need to threaten people who are exercising their legal right to an abortion (or in many cases, their access to other reproductive healthcare, like birth control or PAP smears). Some of Kermit Gosnell’s victims testified that the reason they went to him was because they were frightened of protesters at the local legal abortion clinics. Pro-lifers: YOU ARE SCARING WOMEN INTO GETTING BUTCHERED BY UNLICENSED PRACTITIONERS. I hope that keeps you up at night.
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Well, if abortions were performed with guns, like your graphic implies, I’m pretty sure it would kill more than a fetus.
What do these people think abortion is? Walking into a maternity wing with a revolver? JFC, I just can’t with some people….
I find it deeply hilarious that conservatives will use guns as a shortcut for “murder” when it comes to abortion (which of course couldn’t be performed with a gun because it would kill the pregnant person)… But five minutes later when we’re talking about actual gun violence, they’re shrieking, “GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE.”
Anonymous asked: TW: abortion (in case you or your other followers are sensitive to the subject!) this is likely something you've answered already, but I saw a post you had tagged pro life and it left me wondering where you stood on abortion!
You must be pretty deep in my archives - I checked, and the last post I actually tagged with “pro life” was in April of 2012! Either way, I’m 100% pro choice. A person’s body is their own damn business, and I support abortion on demand without apology. I want all insurance, including Medicaid, to pay for abortions (though ideally I want a single payer system that pays for abortion - and contraception, and everything else).
The only reason I used to have a “pro life” tag at all is if I tagged gross actions by the so-called “pro lifers,” and even then it was more likely because I used to keep tags from someone I reblogged.
You keep saying the Republican party needs to be more sensitive to women in order to win back their support. Let me tell you, women are smart and they know who is on their side. And they know that a woman’s medical decisions are best left up to her, her family and her doctor — not politicians waging a radical assault on their lives and their health.
If you are sincere about wanting to reach out to women, you should end this divisive rhetoric and stop pushing an extreme agenda that hurts women and their families.
Mark Ruffalo tells the shattering story of his mother’s illegal abortion, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision recognizing the right of all women to make that very personal decision.
[Cissexist language in the video and description: not only women need abortions, not all women can get pregnant]
The mortality rate for abortions is less than .67 per 100,000 procedures. By comparison, the mortality rate for colonoscopies, also commonly performed in outpatient clinics but not subject to similar restrictions, is about 20 out of 100,000.
The Stealth War on Abortion
While more Americans support upholding ‘Roe v. Wade’ than ever, the Tea Party and the Christian right have teamed up to pass hundreds of restrictions eviscerating abortion rights in GOP-controlled state legislatures across the country.
Rolling Stone is clearly out of it - this isn’t stealthy if you’re paying attention at all. But I am glad to see a major publication addressing this issue. Cissexist language at the link.
I called the university health services from the Walmart parking lot and said I wanted the abortion pill, and the woman said, “The abortion pill is illegal in the United States.” I was livid. I said, “That is not correct.” How many young women has she told that to? I went directly to the doctor. The lady administering the pee test said, “Congratulations, you’re pregnant!” and I thought, Congratulations, you’re an idiot! I was in my gym clothes, obviously distraught. The doctor said the abortion pill wasn’t an option in our state. I called clinics all over until I found one a four-hour drive away in Tennessee. I couldn’t have told my family. The two girls I told have kids and husbands; they couldn’t just drop everything and come with me. I drove four hours by myself, thinking about what an idiot I was for stopping birth control. I took the first pill in Tennessee. I took the second one the next day, on the Fourth of July, my favorite holiday. I was expecting something terrible. I watched movies alone. I felt fine and could’ve even gone out, but I’d made up stories about where I was.
Lynn, 28, My Abortion: One in three women has an abortion by the age of 45. How many ever talk about it? New laws, old stigmas. 26 stories.