Looking for light at the end of the tunnel

“One woman I spoke to broke down crying when I told her the nearest clinic was ten hours away. I informed her that there was another group who could help arrange travel, and yet another group that existed soley to provide lodgings. It didn’t matter. She couldn’t take that time off work. The call ended with her saying she would find another way. She didn’t mean she would go to a CPC and they would magically help her carry to term (cause they never do, the “help” stops the moment you are too far along for an abortion). She meant she was going to risk her life and her health. She was going to seek out a back-alley abortion, because legislators had systematically taken away all of the clinics she could have gone to in her area a few years ago. I keep hoping this woman calls us back.”

The Abortion Fairy

This is an incredible and important post about abortion funds, restrictive legislation on abortion, and the harsh realities of living in the USA right now.

[NB: more people than just cis women want and need access to abortion care.]

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In Kansas, your local neighborhood drug store pharmacist can now refuse to fill your doctor-issued contraception prescription, or any drug he or she thinks might be used to terminate a pregnancy, or be used in conjunction with pregnancy termination, all on the grounds of “religious liberty” and “conscience protection.” Not only that, but anyone who ”reasonably believes” a drug prescription they are filling or “reasonably believes” an action they are taking — say, administering a drug — might result in the termination of a pregnancy is allowed to refuse under Republican Governor Sam Brownback‘s new law.


The so-called “Health Care Rights of Conscience Act,” which curiously exists in several states under the same name (perhaps an ALEC creation?), applies to pharmacists and even nurses and doctors — anyone who is related to the process of pregnancy termination. The drugs could include both abortion-inducing medications, and even emergency contraception like the so-called “morning-after pill,” but also could include drugs used for life-saving reasons — the pharmacist would only have to trust their gut, not the doctor’s orders.

In Kansas, Your Pharmacist Can Now Refuse To Fill Your Contraception Prescription (via pantslessprogressive)

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WAIT WAIT WAIT

Illinois is passing a transvaginal ultrasound law AND PUSHED IT THROUGH THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK ILLINOIS.

Wow. I mean, if you wanted further proof that the right-wing only sees women as breeding agents only, THERE YOU GO WORLD.

pantslessprogressive:

Mississippi’s Initiative 26: If you don’t want children, you might want to avoid having sex
We can’t say the “birth control is murder” argument has never had its moment in the extremist spotlight, but it’s certainly back again with Mississippi’s Initiative 26. Also known as the “Personhood” amendment, Initiative 26 is on the November 8 ballot and defines an unborn child a zygote as a person “at the moment of fertilization.”
Salon’s Irin Carmon recently spoke with a pro-Personhood doctor about abortion, birth control and the ballot initiative, in which we learn the Personhood crowd is attempting to re-define abortion by writing off preventative measures as murder. 

[Dr. Freda] Bush does prescribe the pill, but says, “There’s good science on both sides … I think there’s more science to support conception not occurring.” Given that the Personhood Amendment is so vague, I asked her, what would stop the alleged “good science” on one side from prevailing and banning even the pill?
Bush paused. “I could say that is not the intent,” she said. “I don’t have an answer for that particular [case], how it would be settled, but I do know this is simple.” Which part is simple? “The amendment is simple,” she said. “You can play the ‘what if’ game, but if you keep it simple, this is a person who deserves life.” What about the IUD, which she refuses to prescribe for moral reasons, and which McMillan told me the Personhood Amendment would ban? “I’m not the authority on what would and would not be banned.” No – Bush simply plays one on TV. And if her amendment passes, only condoms, diaphragms and natural family planning — the rhythm method – would be guaranteed in Mississippi.

Jumping on the Zygote as Person bandwagon is Dr. Beverly McMillan, president of Pro-Life Mississippi, who recently wrote, “I painfully agree that birth control pills do in fact cause abortions.”
This logic favors sex as a duty rather than accepting sex for pleasure. To ban preventative measures like birth control is to tell women they should be ready to bare a child if they want to have sex, rather than accept a woman’s choice to use forms of birth control other than condoms.
At a public forum to discuss ballot initiatives, one Mississippi resident said, “I know there is an issue with pregnancies, unmarried pregnancies, but I tell you the greatest prevention is God, and we’ve got to return to God.”
The greatest prevention is realistic sex education and ease of access to contraception and birth control. The greatest boosts of unwanted pregnancies are restrictive anti-choice laws and the narrow-minded notion that women should be punished for avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.

pantslessprogressive:

Mississippi’s Initiative 26: If you don’t want children, you might want to avoid having sex

We can’t say the “birth control is murder” argument has never had its moment in the extremist spotlight, but it’s certainly back again with Mississippi’s Initiative 26. Also known as the “Personhood” amendment, Initiative 26 is on the November 8 ballot and defines an unborn child a zygote as a person “at the moment of fertilization.”

Salon’s Irin Carmon recently spoke with a pro-Personhood doctor about abortion, birth control and the ballot initiative, in which we learn the Personhood crowd is attempting to re-define abortion by writing off preventative measures as murder. 

[Dr. Freda] Bush does prescribe the pill, but says, “There’s good science on both sides … I think there’s more science to support conception not occurring.” Given that the Personhood Amendment is so vague, I asked her, what would stop the alleged “good science” on one side from prevailing and banning even the pill?

Bush paused. “I could say that is not the intent,” she said. “I don’t have an answer for that particular [case], how it would be settled, but I do know this is simple.” Which part is simple? “The amendment is simple,” she said. “You can play the ‘what if’ game, but if you keep it simple, this is a person who deserves life.” What about the IUD, which she refuses to prescribe for moral reasons, and which McMillan told me the Personhood Amendment would ban? “I’m not the authority on what would and would not be banned.” No – Bush simply plays one on TV. And if her amendment passes, only condoms, diaphragms and natural family planning — the rhythm method – would be guaranteed in Mississippi.

Jumping on the Zygote as Person bandwagon is Dr. Beverly McMillan, president of Pro-Life Mississippi, who recently wrote, “I painfully agree that birth control pills do in fact cause abortions.”

This logic favors sex as a duty rather than accepting sex for pleasure. To ban preventative measures like birth control is to tell women they should be ready to bare a child if they want to have sex, rather than accept a woman’s choice to use forms of birth control other than condoms.

At a public forum to discuss ballot initiatives, one Mississippi resident said, “I know there is an issue with pregnancies, unmarried pregnancies, but I tell you the greatest prevention is God, and we’ve got to return to God.”

The greatest prevention is realistic sex education and ease of access to contraception and birth control. The greatest boosts of unwanted pregnancies are restrictive anti-choice laws and the narrow-minded notion that women should be punished for avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.

(Source: pantslessprogressive)

"Please stay the hell out of my uterus" news of the month

pantslessprogressive:

From the NY Times:

A constitutional amendment facing voters in Mississippi on Nov. 8, and similar initiatives brewing in half a dozen other states including Florida and Ohio, would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, effectively branding abortion and some forms of birth control as murder. […]

The amendment in Mississippi would ban virtually all abortions, including those resulting from rape or incest. It would bar some birth control methods, including IUDs and “morning-after pills,” which prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus. It would also outlaw the destruction of embryos created in laboratories.

The amendment has been endorsed by candidates for governor from both major parties, and it appears likely to pass, said W. Martin Wiseman, director of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University. [more]

First they come after our bodies; then they come for our birth control. Quoth Atrios, “Policies have consequences.” This is no exception.

(Source: pantslessprogressive)

“Sometimes there really aren’t words for what passes as “pro-life” in the United States. The “Protect Life Act” overrides the requirement that ER doctors treat every patient and do what’s necessary to save the patient’s life, regardless of the patient’s identity or ability to pay — the Act allows doctors to refuse necessary care to a pregnant woman if that care will kill the fetus. In other words, it gives doctors the green light to let pregnant women die if they have a life-threatening condition and need an emergency abortion. We know that women’s lives have been saved by abortion (and that some number of people don’t approve of the whole life-saving thing). It’s not surprising that a few religious blow-hards think it’s better for women to die instead of receiving therapeutic abortions, but to encode the view that you don’t have to save a pregnant woman’s life into federal law? That is truly sick — and shockingly cruel, even for the usual “pro-life” suspects who regularly use their ideology as a tool to punish women.”

New bill will let doctors refuse to save the lives of pregnant women (via librarianinlittlecanada)

The Protect Life Act.
THE PROTECT LIFE ACT.
The. Protect. Life. Act.

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I can’t even fucking believe… WTF. These SICK people do have mothers, sisters, girlfriends, etc… right?! RIGHT?! They do care in some way, right? Do they think that should their own loved ones get into this situation, they’ll be exempt? Do they think other than their own loved ones, all others are undeserving of this care? I cannot wrap my mind around this.

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What I don’t understand is how this doesn’t break basic oaths? This would be like an attorney saying, oh yeah i’m going to uphold the constitution (it’s in our oaths), but not that amendment or that one. Except, of course, if an attorney does that NO ONE DIES.

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