People who follow my personal Tumblr probably saw me complaining about this guy last night. This is a cisman from my intro to Women’s Studies course who feels the need to butt in and express his opinions on what feminism is, should be, and means to women.
He brought up “Feminists” for Life in class, and I took him down. He then posted this link to my FB wall and tried to argue that feminism can include anti-choicery.
(Please note: I was incredibly cis-women-centric in my arguments with this man. Given that he had already expressed transsexist views in class, I felt that demolishing his transsexism was a huge undertaking deserving of its own activism another day. Like today, probably.)
So, a tiny victory. Although I’m still fuming over his “recognizing a woman’s utility as an incubator…” comment.
Beginning Sept.28, A Woman’s Choice of Jacksonville will be under siege by a large number of protesters, possibly hundreds, for the 40 days For Life Campaign. We need your help. We are seeking pro-choice volunteers to help escort our patients safely into our clinic and to assist us with any other duties we may need during this time. To find out more, contact us @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Followers in Jacksonville, get out there please!
[Image: A picture of women holding a microphone and holding a sign that says, “Life begins when you stand up to Christian fascists.”
Sonya Renee Taylor, “What Women Deserve”
Culturally-diversified biracial girl with
a small diamond nose ring and a pretty smile
poses besides the words
“Women Deserve Better”.
and I almost let her non-threatening grin
begin to infiltrate my psyche
until I read the unlikely small print
at the bottom of the ad:
Sponsored by the US Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities
and the Knights of Columbus
On a bus
in a city
with a population of 553,000,
4 teenage mothers on the bus with me,
1 Latina woman with 3 children under 3
and no signs of a daddy.
One sixteen year old black girl
standing in 22-degree weather
with only a sweater
a book bag
and a bassinette,
with an infant that ain’t even four weeks yet
tell me that Yes ….
Women do deserve better.
Women deserve better
than public transportation rhetoric
from the same people who
won’t give that teenage mother
a ride to the next transit.
Won’t let you talk to their kids about safer sex
Have never had to listen as the door SLAMS
behind the man who adamantly says,
“That shit” ain’t his
leaving her to wonder how she’ll raise this kid.
Women deserve better
than the 300 dollars TANF and AFC
will provide that family of three
or the 6 dollar an hour job at KFC
with no benefits for her new baby
or the college degree she may never see
because you can’t have infants at the university
Women deserve better
than lip service paid for by politicians
who have no alternatives to abortion
though I am sure
right this moment one of their seventeen year old daughters
is sitting in a clinic lobby
sobbing quietly and anonymously
praying parents don’t find out
or will be waiting for mom to pick her up because research shows
that out-of-wedlock childbirth doesn’t look good on political polls and
Daddy ain’t having that.
Women deserve better
than backwards governmental policies
that don’t want to pay
for welfare for kids
or health care for kids
or child care for kids
Don’t want to pay living wages to working mothers,
Don’t want to make men who only want to be last night’s lovers
responsible for the semen they lay.
Flat out don’t want to pay for SHIT
but want to control the woman who’s having it.
Acting outraged at abortion.
Well I’m outraged
that they want us to believe
that they believe
that women deserve better.
The Vatican won’t prosecute pedophile priests
But I decide I’m not ready for motherhood
and it’s condemnation for me
These are the same people who won’t support
national condom distribution to prevent teenage pregnancy.
But women deserve better.
Women deserve better
than back-alley surgeries
that leave our wombs barren and empty.
than organizations bearing the name
of land-stealing racist rapists
funding million dollar campaigns on subway trains
with no money to give these women
while balding middle-aged white men
tell us what to do with our bodies
while they wage wars and kill other people’s babies
So maybe women deserve better
than propaganda and lies
to get into office
Propaganda and lies
to get into panties
to get out of court
to get out of paying child support
Get the hell out of our decisions
and give us back our voice
Women do deserve better
Women deserve choice
Will never not reblog. This has to be the 3rd time in 6 months I’ve been running this blog that I’ve posted this.
Pro-life: you’re doing it right.
“Planned Parenthood screened me for cancer. PRIORITIZE EXISTING CITIZENS!”
In the developed world, legal restrictions did not stop abortion but just meant it was “exported”, with Irish women for instance simply travelling to other parts of Europe, according to Guttmacher’s director, Dr Sharon Camp. In the developing world, it meant lives were put at risk.
“Too many women are maimed or killed each year because they lack legal abortion access,” she said.
“The gains we’ve seen are modest in relation to what we can achieve. Investing in family planning is essential - far too many women lack access to contraception, putting them at risk.”
This article is exactly right. When you reduce abortion access, you don’t reduce abortion. You just send people back to the basement. They turn to dangerous home remedies or unlicensed, unregulated practitioners. But if they feel they need an abortion, they will have one.
Let’s never forget what the US was like before Roe v. Wade:
One stark indication of the prevalence of illegal abortion was the death toll. In 1930, abortion was listed as the official cause of death for almost 2,700 women—nearly one-fifth (18%) of maternal deaths recorded in that year. The death toll had declined to just under 1,700 by 1940, and to just over 300 by 1950 (most likely because of the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s, which permitted more effective treatment of the infections that frequently developed after illegal abortion). By 1965, the number of deaths due to illegal abortion had fallen to just under 200, but illegal abortion still accounted for 17% of all deaths attributed to pregnancy and childbirth that year. And these are just the number that were officially reported; the actual number was likely much higher.
Poor women and their families were disproportionately impacted. A study of low-income women in New York City in the 1960s found that almost one in 10 (8%) had ever attempted to terminate a pregnancy by illegal abortion; almost four in 10 (38%) said that a friend, relative or acquaintance had attempted to obtain an abortion. Of the low-income women in that study who said they had had an abortion, eight in 10 (77%) said that they had attempted a self-induced procedure, with only 2% saying that a physician had been involved in any way.
These women paid a steep price for illegal procedures. In 1962 alone, nearly 1,600 women were admitted to Harlem Hospital Center in New York City for incomplete abortions, which was one abortion-related hospital admission for every 42 deliveries at that hospital that year. In 1968, the University of Southern California Los Angeles County Medical Center, another large public facility serving primarily indigent patients, admitted 701 women with septic abortions, one admission for every 14 deliveries.
A clear racial disparity is evident in the data of mortality because of illegal abortion: In New York City in the early 1960s, one in four childbirth-related deaths among white women was due to abortion; in comparison, abortion accounted for one in two childbirth-related deaths among nonwhite and Puerto Rican women.
Even in the early 1970s, when abortion was legal in some states, a legal abortion was simply out of reach for many. Minority women suffered the most: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 1972 alone, 130,000 women obtained illegal or self-induced procedures, 39 of whom died. Furthermore, from 1972 to 1974, the mortality rate due to illegal abortion for nonwhite women was 12 times that for white women.
When they call themselves pro-women
I’m so pro-woman I want to take away women’s rights to make choices about their own body!
NEWSFLASH: Abortion rights are women’s rights (and human rights). Pro life=Anti-women’s rights. No exception. Shit like this pisses me off.
Just ‘cause you are a woman doesn’t mean you fight for women’s rights. Fighting to actively take women’s rights away doesn’t make you a women’s rights activist.
Anti-choice “feminists” are so 2008.
I am assuming this question is referring to this post.
I would like to preface this by saying that I am only one contributor to STFUAC, so please do not go about saying, “STFUAC used to be a douche.” I used to be a douche, and the other wonderful people who write for this blog do not deserve the stigma of my prior douchebaggery.
I’m sure you’re expecting an exciting story about a sudden, world-changing epiphany, but that’s not really how it happened. My transition from rabid anti-choice bigot to pro-choice blogger began when I started to grow up and see that the world does not operate in black-and-white. I moved from “THE GOVERNMENT MUST SAVE TEH BABBYZ” to believing that abortion should be legal when I learned about the horrors of pre-Roe back-alley abortions. I accepted that abortion can be ethically good to save women’s lives when I learned that my mother had an abortion for an (unplanned!) ectopic pregnancy before she was with my father. I strayed farther from the “zygotes are people” party line as I pursued my education in biochemistry, genetics, and developmental biology. Multiple instances of discovering that my Indiana ignorance-only sexual education/ Baptist indoctrination had lied to me slowly chipped away at my anti-choice resolve.
For quite a while, I was one of those “abortion should be legal, but is still bad so CPCs do AWESOME work” kind of people. Eventually, I discovered I was a feminist for unrelated reasons and came to the realization that while I had been fighting for my right to control actions and ideas, I was missing out on a much more fundamental right: the right to control my body.
I was already blogging about my experience breaking away from an extremely hate-filled religious family (and the hypocrisies of their faith), so I just slowly started incorporating things about feminism and sexual health. I’m a very passionate person, so as I read more about feminist theory and reproductive rights, I became more and more fired up about choice.
I joined the STFUAC team hoping that I could convert moderate- to light-anti-choicers through calm, rational enumeration of facts, because that is what ultimately converted me. I hoped that by fighting for women’s rights, I could make up for some of the hate I spewed as a teenager. I am still truly sorry for what I was, and while I can never erase what I did, I can hope to make things better for women in the future.
Rep. Weiner: So that’s a yes. You think 435 fairly well-to-do, mostly white men should make that decision?
Rep. Johnson: I think the elected representatives of the American people should—
Rep. Weiner: —should make the decision for that woman and that child?!
Rep. Johnson: Can I finish my answer?
Rep. Weiner: It doesn’t sound terribly enticing, no.
So when does this gentleman run for President?
Fuck that, when does this man get in my vagina?
I have never been more aroused in my life.
Always will be.
We will never go back.