From One Survivor to Another

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January 7, 2014

kristenmastora7:

gallium-knight:

Here’s a test:

I’m holding a baby in one hand and a petri dish holding a fetus in the other.

I’m going to drop one. You chose which.

If you really truly believe a fetus is the same thing as a baby, it should be impossible for you to decide. You should have to flip a coin, that’s how impossible the decision should be.

Shot in the dark, you saved the baby.

Because you’re aware there’s a difference.

Now admit it

woah.

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April 30, 2013

the term “birth control” is extremely loaded

99% of birth control acts as a contraceptive— i.e., preventing conception

there’s no birth actually involved

only abortion and abortifacients can accurately be called birth control, and even then that’s wibbly wobbly 

December 26, 2012

iamabutchsolo:

lightspeedsound:

choosechoice:

internetholly:

People who honestly think abortion is some ~new invention to help out slutty teenage mothers~ make me laugh like fucking hell oh my god. 

Abortion has been known to go back to the middle ages, even further back. 

Medical abortions, the ones we recognize today, are fairly new. But the concept of abortion goes back hundreds of years. 

Hell, until the late 1800s, abortion in the U.S. and other parts of the world were not prohibited and many women and doctors helped each other/women abort. It wasn’t until 1880s when most abortions were outlawed. (Source 1)(Source 2) (Source 2 even states that “For the first half of the 19th century, abortion was legal and was in fact openly advertised as an alternative to carrying an unwanted child. It wasn’t until the latter half of the century that people began to view the practice differently. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1153378)

1830s – Madame Restell started an abortion service in New York City and became the most widely known abortionist for 35 years. Through her success, she opened additional offices in Boston and Philadelphia.”

1830s – Madame Restell started an abortion service in New York City and became the most widely known abortionist for 35 years. Through her success, she opened additional offices in Boston and Philadelphia.”

“1821 – Connecticut passed the first law restricting abortion in the United States. It became a criminal act to give a woman “quick with child” a poison intended to cause miscarriage.”

(Source for those)


If you can plainly see, 1821 Connecticut was where/when the first restrictive law against abortion took place. Therefore meaning that years before, abortion was not viewed as inherently terrible nor were there many restrictions against it. 

And this is just the 1800s, there are more places in time we can study where women primarily ingested certain herbs to induce abortions.

Abortions have been recorded from B.C.E. Egypt, and Ancient China (Source

Abortion isn’t new. 

Women have been doing it for many many MANY years. 

So, to say that ‘the women of many years ago were so morally sound and right and didn’t have abortions because they weren’t uneducated sluts!!!’ is so wrong to say it’s not even funny. Besides, no woman is an uneducated slut anyway. 

Even further back than the middle ages- Roman and Greek documents make reference, and the Romans actually drove an abortive plant to extinction with overuse.

to be honest abortion wasn’t considered illegal in a lot of those statutes unless the fetus had “quickened” which meant “moved within the womb”

so like 

yeah

Hey let’s not forget THOUSANDS of years ago when abortion was actually required for women who were pregnant out-of-wedlock. Let’s look at the Bible shall we?

“But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have made yourself impure by having sexual relations with a man other than your husband”— 21 here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the LORD cause you to become a curseamong your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell. 22 May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries” - Numbers 5:11-22


 ”If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse. If, however, the woman has not made herself impure, but is clean, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children.” - Numbers 5:27-28

this is a good example of how the modern concept of linear progress— that society/humankind generally progresses upwards towards something better over time— is often false. history has shown that human societies tend to be cyclical, not linear.

December 1, 2012

does anyone remember that Ben Folds Five song, “Brick”?

also known as a song about how a guy and his girlfriend go to an abortion clinic the day after christmas.

everyone agrees that song is sad. maybe even tragic. but the tragic part is not that there’s an abortion— it’s that they have to keep how they feel secret from their loved ones and each other.

the entire song is cast in this air of secrecy about what they are doing…but when it finally comes out, the reveal is not, “i broke down / and she broke down / ‘cause my baby’s dead / and i regret my decision”. It’s, “I broke down / and she broke down / ‘cause I was tired / of lying”.

It’s a song about abortion stigma and the secrets people have to keep from others, not about how abortion is a bad thing.

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November 13, 2012
keepyourbsoutofmyuterus:

[abortion, miscarriage]
Her name was Savita Halappanavar.
She was 31.
She was a dentist.
Her husband was Praveen Halappanavar, 34, an engineer at Boston Scientific.
She was 17 weeks pregnant in Galway, Ireland.
She presented with back pain at University Hospital Galway on October 21st, was found to be miscarrying.
She asked several times over a three-day period that her pregnancy be terminated.
This was refused because the foetal heartbeat was still present and the doctors told her, “this is a Catholic country”.
She spent a further 2½ days “in agony” until the foetal heartbeat stopped.
She died of septicaemia a few days later.
Mr Halappanavar took his wife’s body home on Thursday, November 1st, where she was cremated and laid to rest on November 3rd.
There  are now two investigations are under way into her death.
[This info via this link. For more.]
_________________________________
According to the World Health Organization, 26.1 million people seek unsafe abortions every year in the world because they do not have access to safe ones. 47,000 die from those unsafe abortions.
I have been unable to find a stat of how many people, like Savita Halappanavar, die because they are denied abortion as a medical option.
_________________________________
Her name was Savita Halappanavar.
So many people will die in situations similar to hers and we will never know their names.
This is unacceptable. It is morally bankrupt. It is the definition of tragic. 
Her name was Savita Halappanavar.

keepyourbsoutofmyuterus:

[abortion, miscarriage]

Her name was Savita Halappanavar.

She was 31.

She was a dentist.

Her husband was Praveen Halappanavar, 34, an engineer at Boston Scientific.

She was 17 weeks pregnant in Galway, Ireland.

She presented with back pain at University Hospital Galway on October 21st, was found to be miscarrying.

She asked several times over a three-day period that her pregnancy be terminated.

This was refused because the foetal heartbeat was still present and the doctors told her, “this is a Catholic country”.

She spent a further 2½ days “in agony” until the foetal heartbeat stopped.

She died of septicaemia a few days later.

Mr Halappanavar took his wife’s body home on Thursday, November 1st, where she was cremated and laid to rest on November 3rd.

There  are now two investigations are under way into her death.

[This info via this link. For more.]

_________________________________

According to the World Health Organization, 26.1 million people seek unsafe abortions every year in the world because they do not have access to safe ones. 47,000 die from those unsafe abortions.

I have been unable to find a stat of how many people, like Savita Halappanavar, die because they are denied abortion as a medical option.

_________________________________

Her name was Savita Halappanavar.

So many people will die in situations similar to hers and we will never know their names.

This is unacceptable. It is morally bankrupt. It is the definition of tragic. 

Her name was Savita Halappanavar.

 
September 13, 2012

keepyourbsoutofmyuterus:

Tonight I volunteered to do the call backs for my local abortion fund. The way it works, people who need abortions but can’t afford them call every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and leave a message during the designated hours. Then someone listens to the message and puts everything in a database. Then the person doing call backs reads through the list, determines who would probably most need financial help, and proceeds to call every single person back. We have a set budget of how much we can give out for a single shift and once the money is gone, we have to tell everyone else that we cannot help them.

Most of the calls are to tell people we cannot help them.

Most of the people we are talking to, if the Hyde Amendment did not exist, would be able to get the abortion they need through Medicaid. 

Most of the people I talk to are mothers. They are often unemployed or barely employed, trying desperately to feed their families. Some are homeless, many live with their parents. The majority use some form of contraception and it fails to work. 

I end every abortion fund shift thinking, “FUCK THE HYDE AMENDMENT.” Because seriously, that is a terrible piece of legislation that has systematically destroyed access for the poorest Americans to a safe, legal medical procedure that they need. 

We go on and on about choice but these people HAVE NO CHOICE. Without access, what is choice? What are rights w/out justice?

What’s access without a choice? Sure. Fair question. We need choice.

But the fact that our main operating rhetoric about repro health care ENDS at choice IS A PROBLEM.

Nothing makes me want to tear down walls and smash faces more than working the abortion fund line. WE NEED TO DO BETTER.

Also, go volunteer for an abortion fund.

And donate if you can. YOU WILL CHANGE PEOPLE’S LIVES with your $ if it goes to an abortion fund. That’s not hyperbole. Abortion funds change, and sometimes SAVE, people’s lives.

April 3, 2012

What is Trans* Repro Justice?

transreprojustice:

A lot of people when they hear the terms “prochoice”, “reproductive rights” or even “reproductive justice” only think of abortion, but this view is myopic in my opinion. “Reproducing” encompasses many things which includes the right to choose to have children (or give birth and choose adoption), to choose to not have children right now, and to choose to never have children. Reproductive justice frameworks are holistic and look at reproductive rights with the whole person in mind. This means people also have the right to quality and comprehensive sex education, contraception, relevant medical care, the right to be sterilized and the right to not be forcibly sterilized, and a whole host of birthing choices as well (home/natural births, VBACs, the right to refuse c-sections, etc).

Not only that but reproductive rights activists are also concerned with advocating for the personhood/bodily integrity/and autonomy of pregnant people, advocating for reproductive health care as a human right, eradicating obstetric fistula and illegal/unsafe abortion in the developing world, lowering the incidence of teen pregnancy and STIs, lowering the mortality and morbidity rates of pregnant people, improving access to quality healthcare especially for people in poverty. The list goes on and on. Further, we must remember that race, class, disability status, citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, etc all intersect and all have an effect on how we can or cannot utilize our reproductive rights, and therefore all of those issues must be addressed for reproductive justice to be successful in upholding the rights of all people not just those who are white, wealthy, able-bodied, straight, cis, male citizens. 

So what does this have to do with trans* people?

Well, perhaps not everyone within the movement believes “prochoice” should be a holistic philosophy, but I for one, do. We concentrate on abortion rights because that’s the issue so often under attack, but to be actually “prochoice” is much more expansive than that. It’s about bodily integrity and the importance of keeping personal bodily decisions just that, personal. It’s about birthing choices as much as it is abortion. It’s about how the reproductive rights of different segments of society have been effected differently and what that means to all of us as a whole. Intersectionality matters because poc, poor people, disabled people, trans* people, people of various sexual orientations have been targeted differently and yet it’s all part of a larger system that denies those seen as the “other” the freedom to make basic choices in regards to how their bodies are viewed and how they are utilized. Therefore it’s important to remember that the sexist and cissexist system that seeks to control the sexuality, bodies, and reproduction of those it perceives to be women is the same system that actively targets the identities, bodies, reproduction, and sexualities of trans* people. Reproductive rights aren’t about abortion, they’re about the profound and fundamental right to bodily integrity.

So what is trans* repro justice?

It’s the radical notion that:

  • Our bodies belong to us and our right to bodily integrity doesn’t dissipate when society becomes aware of our trans*ness.
  • Our bodies and identities are valid, no matter how “uncommon” they may be.
  • Language matters and so does inclusivity. When your rhetoric excludes us so do your actions, and that sometimes literally kills us.
  • We don’t need to be pathologized or “explained” within a cissexist paradigm. 
  • You don’t need to understand us to respect us.
  • Sex and gender are not neat binaries.
  • We deserve to have our needs met and our boundaries respected just as much as anyone else.
  • Medical care should be easily accessible to every one that needs and wants it.
  • Parenthood and reproduction are basic human rights and no person should be sterilized without their consent or knowledge. In the other direction, all people that seek sterilization should be able to do so without jumping through hoops for paternalistic doctors.
  • All of us have the right to information about our bodies, that doesn’t exclude or denigrate our identities or misgender us, to ensure we can maintain our health.
  • All of us have a right to maintain our humanity, dignity, and health. This doesn’t change with citizen status or prisoner status.
  • Intersectionality is important. Trans* activism must be cognizant of it, and willing to acknowledge the power hierarchies and systems of privilege within our own community.
  • We all have the right to control our fertility how we see fit (whether through pregnancy, adoption, single parenthood, harvesting eggs, sperm banking, etc), and those services should be accessible and affordable.
  • We are perfectly capable of being wonderful parents and raising amazing, well-adjusted children.
  • Men can and do give birth. Not all those that give birth are mothers.
  • Women can and do impregnate people. Not all those that impregnate are fathers.
  • “Mothers” and “fathers” aren’t the only type of parents that exist.
  • We have a right to obtain government issued identification documents that acknowledge our identities (even nonbinary ones!) without having to undergo costly surgery we may not even want.
  • We shouldn’t have to conform to a coercive, gendered script for the comfort of cis people nor should we be expected to live or perform a typical trans* narrative to be taken seriously.
  • We should be able to use public restrooms without being attacked, mocked, or arrested.
  • Our identities and bodies shouldn’t be caricatured for the amusement of society.
  • We are people. We are valid. We are here to stay.
This is a work in progress. Any additions are welcome!
March 1, 2012

[trigger warning: cissexism, misgendering, forced sterilization]

Okay, so…

I understand that the GOP has used the language of “people who get pregnant” to fight off allegations of sexism.

I understand that misogyny related to controlling women’s sexuality is directly tied into how people have attacked reproductive rights.

But that STILL does not mean it’s okay to ignore trans and non-binary folk. Especially if you are going to do so by using gender essentialist language that says women = people with uteruses and no one else.

It also un-ironically reinscribes the sexist idea that women are only defined by their physical ability to have children. I guess people who have hit menopause don’t count, or people who have had their reproductive parts removed for various reasons, or people who can’t get pregnant. It’s also kind of racist given that forced sterilization has happened to Women of Color for ages.

So yeah, stop being a cissexist butt, everyone.

February 18, 2012

[general tw: discussion on cissexism and racism] I would really fucking love it if we stopped idolizing cis-feminists who think being trans-inclusive is bad for cis women.

youarenotyou:

inflateablefilth:

I really fucking would. The latest in this line of cis-feminists I’ve noticed is Raven, aka unknowable woman. By asking for trans-inclusive language we’re being mean to women.

This is her response to people being upset with a poster that had a uterus on it and a slogan about women:

God fucking forbid women have one thing of their own in this world. We can’t write about ourselves, we can’t speak about ourselves, we can’t advocate for ourselves even within our own so-called “social justice” spheres without someone telling us to shut up about our own experiences.

That’s right folks, us mean ol’ trans folk are silencing women. How bout that! Even though trans folks like me are active and vocal in the pro-choice movement, which benefits cis women, we really should just shut up.

But, no, we have to love her because she got into a battle on twitter with Ryking. And I mentioned this to someone once, that I distrust cis-women in social justice, feminist, and pro-choice environments more than cis-men sometimes, because when cis women pull the ‘we’re being marginalized by you!’ card a lot more people listen. And I got called a misogynist. Which, incidentally, is apparently what we automatically are because we don’t want people telling us that a uterus makes you a woman.

This stuff, this is why Die Cis Scum is a phrase that exists. Because if we dare to talk, we’re silencing women. And when they say ‘women’, you bet your ass they only mean cis women.

Fuck cis people man, I am fucking done with your shit.

I love (and by love, I mean hate) how these cis feminists are always implying that anyone who isn’t a woman is oppressing them, because non-woman always equals male, apparently. 

And the justification of this cissexist erasing shit is that cis-woman-specific language is “needed” to point out that these anti-choicers are motivated by their hatred of cis women. Or in other words, “They aren’t thinking about anyone else, so why should we?” Like because cis women are the targets, we shouldn’t acknowledge who else is affected. Their needs are more important.

The funny thing is, the vast majority of anti choice legislation is actually specifically targeting and affecting women of color. But these white cis feminists completely ignore that fact. The face of the pro choice movement is white, white, white. So their whole “it’s about hating and killing WOMEN, not just PEOPLE” logic falls fucking flat. They cling to that language not because it most accurately describes the target demographic, but because it makes the debate all about them and their white cis needs. 

(And it really sickens me that people finally did something about Ryking when he went after a really well known white cis feminist blogger, despite all of his past harassment of women, especially women of color. But they deny, deny, deny this cuz whiteness has nothing to do with it, oh no.)

like i said yesterday, there’s a reason why “feminists” these days know Jessica Valenti more than Audre Lorde. it’s shit like this that caters to middle class white women. Andrea Smith calls this out in Conquest (which seriously has like, a laser eye on so many feminist issues). WoC didn’t get abortion rights after Roe v Wade, they were still too poor to afford it; the medicalization of abortion only exacerbated that problem. WoC care about contraception, being not-poor enough to feed their kids, and basic health care that is affordable. White woman feminism is about a capitalistic career track, not having to have kids, and getting into the white man’s world. Meanwhile, Women of Color are just trying to survive.

(Source: 2ndversesameasthe1st)