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The Anti-Choice Plot to Lure Desperate Women to Christian Pregnancy Centers


This is terrifying. And important.

"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)


Abortion Laws That Didn’t Make the News

As state legislatures start closing up for the year, there are a number of abortion-related bills that didn’t make big headlines. In the first six months of 2011 alone, there were 162 abortion or reproductive-related bills enacted by state legislatures, so it was inevitable some wouldn’t make it past the local paper. Here are a few I thought were noteworthy.

ArizonaHB 2384 revoked public funding to any organization that “pays for, promotes, provides coverage of or provides referrals for abortions.” This would stop the use of student fees and tuition to train OB/GYN students to perform abortions. In addition, it would revoke atax credit for donations to organizations that provide abortions, like Planned Parenthood, as well as to any institutions that might refer clients to Planned Parenthood, like domestic violence shelters.

NebraskaLB 22 dictates that private insurance plans in Nebraska not cover abortion except for in cases where the woman’s life is in danger. Any woman with private insurance desiring an abortion coverage must buy a separate “rider” for it out of her own funds, assuming her carrier has one. The bill carried no exceptions for rape or incest. This is especially burdensome for young women, as the state also passed a bill changing its parental notice law into a parental consent law.

Oklahoma: The state passed a bill that banned abortions after 20 weeks on the belief that fetuses can feel pain at that age. But the state also passed smaller, less flashy bills. HB 1970added the phrase “or any abortion-inducing drug” to a bill that already required doctors use RU-486 only for FDA-approved (not off-label) purposes. This was to ensure doctors and clinics like Planned Parenthood were not able to prescribe Cytotec (misoprostol) for first-trimester medical abortions, even in conjunction with RU-486, and even though doctors often prescribe medications for off-label use when proven safe by scientific trials. The bill would effectively end most medical abortions, leaving clients to pursue riskier surgical abortions instead.

North CarolinaHB 854 was vetoed by the governor, but the veto was overridden. As a result this bill required women to wait 24 hours for an abortion, and required doctors to perform an ultrasound before the procedure. If the women refused to view the ultrasound, her refusal was kept on file for 7 years. But here’s the under-covered part of the bill: it would also allow the father of the fetus and the spouse, parent, sibling, current health care provider, or former health care provider of the woman getting the abortion to sue the doctor if they believe any part of the bill has been violated. A woman’s ex-boyfriend or childhood pediatrician, for example, could sue a clinic if they believed the performing physician had not done an ultrasound as required.

TennesseeThis bill wasn’t specifically about abortion, but expanded fetal personhood, which can be a slippery slopeSB 633 expanded the definition of “fetal homicide” to include the fetus at any stage of development, not just when the fetus is viable as previously. Fetuses are now considered victims of assault whenever the mother is assaulted.

abstinence only (does not) work

It’s rare when a three-minute conversation can reveal so much about our culture. In this clip, a Texas Tribune reporter asks Texas governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry why the state continues to provide “abstinence education” even while it has the “third-highest teen pregnancy rate in the country.” In response, Perry offers a nonsensical, bumbling defense of current policies. “From my own personal life, abstinence works,” Perry says awkwardly. (TMI, buddy!) 

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!

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)

Health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care for women, with no copays, the Obama administration said Monday in a decision with far-reaching implications for health care as well as social mores. The requirement is part of a broad expansion of coverage for women’s preventive care under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Also to be covered without copays are breast pumps for nursing mothers, an annual “well-woman” physical, screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer and for diabetes during pregnancy, counseling on domestic violence, and other services.


Obama Administration: Health Insurers Must Cover Birth Control With No Copays


(via becauseiamawoman)

I just really am troubled by the fact that the government is involved in something as directly related to someone’s personal life as abortion, and I feel hypocritical in voting to support this because I’ve always raised my four daughters to make these kinds of decisions on their own. There’s a lot of non-facts in some of the things that have been said — they make it sound like you go in to get a hamburger and you have an abortion, without any medical exams, no check-ups, no discussion. But the medical society strongly disagrees with this, and my daughter is a physician and she strongly disagrees with this too. So I’m trying to be open-minded.


North Carolina State Sen. Stan Bingham (R-Davidson)

Wait, what’s this? Logical reasoning from a Republican? I am speechless.

(via katbeee)

Why This Woman Chose Abortion—at 29 Weeks | Mother Jones


From the article: “Dana Weinstein’s fetus could have died after birth or been very severely disabled. Yet the GOP still wants to force women like her to carry to term.”

Make Free Birth Control a Reality!


As all you readers know, I’ve recently been battling my way through gyno visits, insurance customer service lines, and every other imaginable barrier to find a method of birth control that I want. And through doing all of this, I found out that my new insurance doesn’t cover any contraceptives whatsoever. That means I would have to pay nearly $1200 out of pocket to get an IUD, and $2800 to be sterilized. But if Kathleen Sebelius decides to make the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation a reality, insurance companies would have to provide all forms of birth control at zero cost to the insurance holder!

Choosing when and how many children you want to have is a basic human right. It shouldn’t be determined by prohibitive costs, especially when you pay for health insurance to defray these very costs. Please sign this petition, send it to everyone you can, and feel free to add your personal stories of struggle when it comes to birth control access.