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“Cut corporate welfare. Cut corporate entitlements. Save Planned Parenthood.” I LOVE YOU WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY.

Because it is OUR right to choose… OUR right to our own bodies… NOBODY can tell us what to do and what not to do with our PERSONAL lives… 

Sadly, right-wing ideologues, we don’t live in a society where everyone abstains from sex. It is a perfectly human characteristic that no speech nor any regulation can abate. Giving the rights to sex education, contraceptives, and abortion will sure as hell put our country on a clearer pathway to freedom. After all, that IS the basis of our nation’s ideology, right?


"What Can I Do?" - Suggestions for Feminist Activism




Anonymous asked you:

I love this blog so much, but when I read all the articles about states efforts to close down planned parenthood, or articles about how men should have a right to veto an abortion, I start to see red. What can I do? How can I help?

Thanks, Anon.

The eternal question when it comes to this issue, it appears.  I have been asked this before (and more than once) and so am just going to repeat myself again. 

Other than raising awareness about reproductive rights, what can we do to fight the good fight?

First, maybe I’m not the best person to ask, as my response to my un-ending anger and shock at the full-frontal attack conservatives are making against reproductive rights was to start a Tumblr.  And originally it was just going to be images making fun of John Boehner.  But here I am now so I am going to do my best to answer this request. 

If you out there in the Tumblr world have resources you’d like me to post, you can either answer this post or submit a link (over there on the left side menu).  You can also shoot me an email at scatx [at] scatx [dot] com.  Also, you can simply respond to this post.

I firmly believe that the more information you have, the better.  Hands down.

So, what can you do?

That’s what I’ve got for now. 

Let’s hear it, defenders of the uteri/defenders of reproductive rights/defenders of PP/defenders of bodily autonomy. 

What resources or sites would you recommend for people who want to be out there doing something on behalf of reproductive, abortion, bodily autonomy and women’s (really, anyone who is not a cisman’s) rights?

I really love that this is being addressed because I think it is extremely important that people recognize how they can transform their feminist thoughts into action.  All of the examples listed above are really great and I encourage everyone to get involved with those organizations in any way they can: volunteer at your local clinic, donate money, contact your representatives, and stay informed about political issues.  Although this list is absolutely fantastic, I wanted to add a few more ideas:

  • Volunteer for a local non-profit organization that supports the rights of women and the LGBTQ community.  This includes abortion clinics, health centers, domestic violence shelters, LGBTQ youth programs, etc.  If you can’t get transportation to one of these places, see what you can do over the phone or the internet.  Some examples include: volunteering to answer the telephones at your local domestic violence shelter, contributing to blogs/zines/online magazines/newspapers, and organizing the social media components for a non-profit organization.
  • Make your voice heard.  Participate in rallies or protests.  Create, sign, and/or share petitions.
  • If you can, be a conscious consumer.  Support organizations and businesses that respect the environment, treat their workers well, and give back to the community.  **This is inextricably linked to class and geographic location. Choosing where to give your dollars is a privilege, as the structure of our society, specifically our economic system, is not based off a model of conscious consumerism.  For example, health and organic foods are much more expensive than genetically modified and processed foods.  Because there is such a discrepancy in the costs, the latter is much more accessible.**
  • Make feminism your lifestyle.  When someone makes a sexist comment or laughs at a rape joke, confront them.  If someone is policing another person’s body or identity, explain to them why this is a problem.  Every time you take a stand against this type of behavior, you are educating those around you.  A lot of times, people worry that these types of actions are insignificant, but I strongly disagree with that.  Any and all positive changes are worth recognizing, as they contribute to making a difference.
  • Check your own privilege.  Each and every one of us have been influenced by the media, our parents, friends, our educational institutions, etc. Confront your own internalized sexism and dissect the way you think, act, and behave.  You may call women “sluts” or oppose third-trimester abortions, but why do you think and act in this way?  Question how you have been shaped by dominant ideologies and challenge yourself to see things from a different perspective. 

If anyone else has any other suggestions, I would love to hear them!

(Source: keepyourbsoutofmyuterus)

Planned Parenthood to end abortions in 3 Arizona cities






FLAGSTAFF - Planned Parenthood says it’s ending abortion services in three Arizona cities to comply with state laws that placed restrictions on abortions.

Women [or any person] no longer can get abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics in Prescott Valley, Flagstaff and Yuma, starting Friday. Those clinics had been providing the service through medication.

The move came a week after an Arizona appeals court allowed key parts of a 2009 state law restricting abortions to take effect. That includes a requirement that women see a doctor in person the day before getting an abortion to hear about risks and alternatives.

This is what happens, people.

This is unimaginable.



When Roe v. Wade becomes a moot point.

This is truly upsetting..

“Planned Parenthood President Bryan Howard said his group will most likely appeal the court’s decision, but said in the meantime, his agency has no choice but to comply with the law.”

Here’s hoping for the best.

(Source: abearfoot)

How We Can Fight Back- Planned Parenthood Edition


A lot of politicians are claiming that all Planned Parenthood does is provide abortion services, but people who are educated and/or have actually used Planned Parenthood services know that isn’t the truth. Planned Parenthood is an important part of the community and we must protect it.


What if... every time someone went to Planned Parenthood, they took a picture of the services they were provided or wrote a summary of their visit? I know that this would mean giving up some confidentiality, but what would Congress do if there were thousands of pictures/stories being sent in daily proving them wrong? You get a yearly PAP smear— take a picture in your stirrups giving a thumbs up! When I need blood work to test my thyroid levels— I’ll display them proudly with a smile. Got a UTI? Take a picture! Sought out counseling? Write a story!

 A story thanking Planned Parenthood for their services and being sent to your Senator would disprove the notion that Planned Parenthood should have its funding taken away.

If this became big enough, I think it might help in re-educating politicians on how wrong they are and seeing personally all the people they are affecting might finally make Michelle Bachman shut the fuck up already. is looking for exactly this. Send them your stories!

Crisis Pregnancy Centers in the State of Illinois


What is a Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC)?

A CPC is a fake clinic that advertises to those who are unsure of what to do with their unplanned pregnancy. Their ads offer help, counseling, and, usually, free pregnancy tests. However, these “clinics” are actually not staffed by any medical professional, are extremely anti-choice, and will guilt trip the person into NOT getting an abortion. They also DO NOT provide referrals for someone seeking an abortion. They also will not provide any prenatal care or help if the person does decide to carry out their pregnancy. Some CPCs locate themselves near or directly across from a Planned Parenthood in order to lure confused patients. These centers are extremely religious.

Further Reading: The Feminist Campus’s collection of articles exposing CPCs

Feminist Campus’s “What Are Fake Clinics?”

Have you seen these popular CPC advertisements?

“Pregnant? Need Help? You Have Options!”
“Pregnant? Scared? We Can Help! Call 1-800-XXX-XXXX”
“Free Pregnancy Tests!”

They advertise on your campus and in your community with names like, “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” and “Pregnancy Resource Centers.” They pose as comprehensive women’s health clinics and advertise under “abortion” and “family planning” services. Although they are often located near comprehensive clinics, using similar sounding names, they do not offer abortion services, contraception, or referrals.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) are typically run by anti-choice organizations with staff and volunteers who usually are not licensed medical professionals. They often use misinformation to intimidate women from considering abortion and provide false information about birth control and the effectiveness of condoms for the prevention of STIs and HIV. Ultimately, their tactics delay women from receiving comprehensive medical care.

Fake clinics target college students by locating near campuses and advertising “free” pregnancy tests. According to a 2008 survey by the Feminist Majority Foundation, 48% of responding Campus Health Centers include CPCs on their referral lists for students facing unintended pregnancies.

It is estimated that 3,500 CPCs exist nationwide, outnumbering comprehensive women’s health clinics 2 to 1. Most fake clinics are affiliated with one or more national anti-abortion, anti-birth control organizations.

A Congressional investigation of CPCs revealed that 87% provided false or misleading information about the health effects of abortion.[1] The Congressional report found many of these federally funded centers grossly misrepresent the medical risks of abortion by telling women that having an abortion could increase the risk of breast cancer, result in sterility and lead to suicide and “post-abortion syndrome.”[2]Abortion is not associated with an increase in breast cancer risk or infertility.[3] An eleven year longitudinal study of 13,000 women found that women who give birth have the same rate of need for psychological treatment as women who have abortions[4]. 

1. United States Congress House Committee on Government Reform, Special Investigations Division. False and Misleading Health Information Provided by Federally Funded Pregnancy Resource Centers. 109th Cong., 2nd Sess., 2006. Washington: GPO, 2006, p. i.
2. Ibid, p. 7 – 13.
3. Ibid, p. 7, 9. 
4. Ibid, p. 11.

What can I do to help?

Educate yourself! Make sure you and your friends never step foot into these clinics. Find out if there’s a CPC in your neighborhood/campus and post up fliers! Check out the above Feminist Campus link for info on how to do so!

From my knowledge, there are SIXTY-NINE CPCs in Illinois. I’m going to list every single one. Please be aware of their existence.

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This is fantastic. Great resource for the state of Illinois.

Just a reminder that we are always accepting personal stories


If you’ve ever sought help from or have been involved with Planned Parenthood, share your story here or at

As always, we appreciate the support!

Aug 2

Far from being an evil materialistic organization, Planned Parenthood helps the poor, the alienated, and women who have nowhere else to turn for health care. By all Biblical standards, that’s not something to curse: that’s something to celebrate.


Rev. Tom Davis: Blessing (Not Cursing) Planned Parenthood (via charliemielczarek)

Planned Parenthood helps more than just women, but other than this, yes.

Planned Parenthood firebombed, right wing silent

A potential incident of domestic terrorism this week got a yawn from most of the press — and the political right

Someone firebombed a Planned Parenthood clinic in McKinney, Texas, late Tuesday night. Because it was so late, no one was hurt. The clinicdoesn’t provide abortions, but there had been protesters there earlier that day anyway. You might’ve read about the news on Twitter or on a liberal blog. Probably not in a newspaper or on a cable new channel. Definitely not at any right-wing blogs. Which is a bit odd, actually, considering how much attention terrorist attacks generally get in this country.

Oh, sorry, how much attention possible Islamic terrorist attacks get.

Planned Parenthood, in case you haven’t been paying attention, has been the focus of a flood of political attacks — both rhetorical and legislative — since approximately the minute the Republicans who were elected in 2010 took office across the nation. James O’Keefe shopped around one of his trademark shamelessly misleading video “stings.” Glenn Beck devoted an hour to falsely accusing Planned Parenthood of various heinous crimes. The major right-wing pundits have stepped up the hysterical anti-reproductive rights rhetoric as multiple states attempted to defundthe organization. The right has even moved on to attackingcontraception, as if it doesn’t even want people to believe that its goal isn’t to control women’s bodies.

The National Review’s the Corner has run multiple posts on some pro-life “study” accusing Planned Parenthood of “systemic, organization-wide fraud and abuse” and even human trafficking “at this federally funded billion-dollar abortion business.” One of them said, “Where is the Media,”and bemoaned the fact that the mainstream press was supposedly “ignoring” the report, which got a major press conference with multiple members of Congress and coverage in Politico and the Hill.

But, weirdly, this Planned Parenthood news has not been mentioned at the National Review.

It’s easy to imagine that if the target of the attack had been associated with the right — Marcus Bachmann’s clinic, maybe? — this would be a major national story, even if no one was hurt and the attacker’s identity was still unknown.

It’s even easier to imagine that if anyone had any reason to suspect that a Muslim did this, that it’d be not just a major national story but also the subject of congressional inquiries and maybe eventually an air war. (Even failed Islamic terrorists are treated as if they succeeded by politicians, these days.)

We obviously don’t know yet, but this attack seems more likely to be the work of a politically motivated person with conservative beliefs than a random act of vandalism. In other words, domestic terrorism. Someone threw a Molotov cocktail at a women’s health clinic. It’s insane that only a couple of Internet feminists actually seem to care.


An idea I’ve heard and love


If you end up saving co-pay money on birth control because of the new rule going into effect (and you can afford it), donate the money you save on co-pays to Planned Parenthood or NARAL or another reproductive rights-oriented non-profit!

GREAT idea!

Aug 1

Someone firebombed a Planned Parenthood clinic in McKinney, Texas, late Tuesday night. Because it was so late, no one was hurt. The clinic doesn’t provide abortions, but there had been protesters there earlier that day anyway. You might’ve read about the news on Twitter or on a liberal blog. Probably not in a newspaper or on a cable new channel. Definitely not at any right-wing blogs. Which is a bit odd, actually, considering how much attention terrorist attacks generally get in this country. Oh, sorry, how much attention possible Islamic terrorist attacks get.

- Planned Parenthood firebombed, right wing silent -  (via becauseiamawoman)