twofish
inverts:

heretherebdragons:

dancingloki:

prochoicegeneration:

Best post

Also, Lily Potter would have never wanted an abortion, because she was a financially well-off white woman starting a family in a happy marriage with a secure place at the top of wizarding society.
The question you should be asking is what if Merope Gaunt, an impoverished and uneducated single woman who escaped from a severely abusive family only to become pregnant with the unwanted child of a man who wanted nothing to do with her, had had access to an abortion and not had immense social pressure brainwashing her into carrying to term?

Perfect commentary is perfect.

it got better

All of this BUT ALSO hey, Lily Potter might have wanted an abortion because she might have just not wanted to have children at that point or at all, and that’s fine too.
Aaaaaaand I just had an opinion about a fictional character’s reproductive choices so now I’m done with the internet for awhile.

inverts:

heretherebdragons:

dancingloki:

prochoicegeneration:

Best post

Also, Lily Potter would have never wanted an abortion, because she was a financially well-off white woman starting a family in a happy marriage with a secure place at the top of wizarding society.

The question you should be asking is what if Merope Gaunt, an impoverished and uneducated single woman who escaped from a severely abusive family only to become pregnant with the unwanted child of a man who wanted nothing to do with her, had had access to an abortion and not had immense social pressure brainwashing her into carrying to term?

Perfect commentary is perfect.

it got better

All of this BUT ALSO hey, Lily Potter might have wanted an abortion because she might have just not wanted to have children at that point or at all, and that’s fine too.

Aaaaaaand I just had an opinion about a fictional character’s reproductive choices so now I’m done with the internet for awhile.

You know what’s some bullshit? That the baseline cost for my GENERIC birth control pills is $75/month. Now granted, I have pretty good insurance and was only paying $10/month pre-Affordable Care Act, but I’m lucky in that regard - on my current salary, with my current expenses, I wouldn’t be able to afford $75/month without insurance. 
(Now, of course, my birth control is free - thanks, Obama! I high-fived my pharmacist the first month he handed me a receipt with a zero balance on it.)
I don’t know, I don’t have anything new to contribute to this discussion. This just caught my eye on the way back from Duane Reade and I got angry about access to affordable contraception all over again into my iced coffee.

You know what’s some bullshit? That the baseline cost for my GENERIC birth control pills is $75/month. Now granted, I have pretty good insurance and was only paying $10/month pre-Affordable Care Act, but I’m lucky in that regard - on my current salary, with my current expenses, I wouldn’t be able to afford $75/month without insurance. 

(Now, of course, my birth control is free - thanks, Obama! I high-fived my pharmacist the first month he handed me a receipt with a zero balance on it.)

I don’t know, I don’t have anything new to contribute to this discussion. This just caught my eye on the way back from Duane Reade and I got angry about access to affordable contraception all over again into my iced coffee.

twofish

tobythewonderdog:

cameralinz:

Just did this. A woman answers and says “Governor’s Office.” All I said was “I am calling to oppose the special session.” The woman said “thank you, it is noted.” I thanked her and hung up. It was that simple. Please contribute if you can.

take a drink or do some jumping jacks if you have to get enough rage out of your system to be polite.

*note* they might put you on hold, in which case you have to listen to a recording of rick perry’s voice. lord, beer us strength.

Have you done this yet? I just did. It takes less than 30 seconds.

twofish
wombsonstrike:

yellow-dress:

teratomarty:

one-angry-liberal:

sonofbaldwin:

The so-called “pro-life” movement’s philosophy.

One of the best political cartoons that I’ve seen. 

You know what pisses me off about this?  Really, REALLY pisses me off?  That’s George (H.W.) Bush holding that umbrella.  He was president 1981-1989.  Do you get that?  
It means that the right have not budged an inch on their ridiculous pro-foetus, anti-actual-persons position in THIRTY GODDAMN YEARS. We should not still be having this argument! Thirty year old political cartoons should be bafflingly opaque, not crystal clear!

^ Reblogging again for that comment.

Agreed.

Well, actually, he was vice-president from 1981-1989 and then president from 1989-1993. But the point remains.

wombsonstrike:

yellow-dress:

teratomarty:

one-angry-liberal:

sonofbaldwin:

The so-called “pro-life” movement’s philosophy.

One of the best political cartoons that I’ve seen. 

You know what pisses me off about this?  Really, REALLY pisses me off?  That’s George (H.W.) Bush holding that umbrella.  He was president 1981-1989.  Do you get that?  

It means that the right have not budged an inch on their ridiculous pro-foetus, anti-actual-persons position in THIRTY GODDAMN YEARS. We should not still be having this argument! Thirty year old political cartoons should be bafflingly opaque, not crystal clear!

^ Reblogging again for that comment.

Agreed.

Well, actually, he was vice-president from 1981-1989 and then president from 1989-1993. But the point remains.

newyorker

In working on my book, I went to Rwanda in 2004 to interview women who had borne children of rape conceived during the genocide. …At the end of my final interview, I asked the woman I was interviewing whether she had any questions. She paused shyly for a moment. “Well,” she said, a little hesitantly. “You work in this field of psychology.” I nodded. She took a deep breath. “Can you tell me how to love my daughter more?” she asked. “I want to love her so much, and I try my best, but when I look at her I see what happened to me and it interferes.” A tear rolled down her cheek, but her tone turned almost fierce, challenging. “Can you tell me how to love my daughter more?” she repeated.

Perhaps Todd Akin has an answer for her.

“The Legitimate Children of Rape” - Andrew Solomon on the historical relationship between rape and pregnancy: http://nyr.kr/RsAKyQ (via newyorker)

Please take a few minutes and go read this. It’s enlightening and devastating.

unforgettabledetritus
thewordunheard:

scoldylox:

Never forget.
No—really, please never forget that the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 airquoted women’s health in a debate, and dismissed it as an unreasonable concern when discussing your reproductive rights. 

I had obviously been an Obama supporter before that point in the campaign, but that moment was the point at which I was like, oh, FUCK no. You are NOT going to be my President.

Just reminding everyone that Todd Akin is not an isolated incident.

thewordunheard:

scoldylox:

Never forget.

No—really, please never forget that the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 airquoted women’s health in a debate, and dismissed it as an unreasonable concern when discussing your reproductive rights. 

I had obviously been an Obama supporter before that point in the campaign, but that moment was the point at which I was like, oh, FUCK no. You are NOT going to be my President.

Just reminding everyone that Todd Akin is not an isolated incident.

• The average uterus is “cash only.”

• When provoked or frightened, a uterus emits a high-pitched scream that instantly stuns its attacker.

• The natural enemies of the uterus are the locust, the hawk, the carpenter ant, and the witch.

• It is possible to use a uterus to determine the nearest source of fresh water or magnetic North but not both.

• A uterus will freeze at any temperature below that of 15C.

• The touch of a uterus will blight and cripple the oak, the pine, and the larch for a generation. A cactus is impervious to the uterus’ touch.

• A uterus that has come into the full realization of its powers can only be killed by the seventh son of a seventh son. However, he cannot be Jewish.

• It is possible to summon an inhabitant of the drowned city of Atlantis by blowing upon a uterus like a conch shell. This can be done only once.

• No uterus can survive under the gaze of a wizard; it will wither and shrivel into a harmless stone mask (do not attempt to wear the mask).

• The more uteruses a woman can collect during her lifetime, the higher her status, and the more servants she will command, among the dead.

• “It all” is stored within the uterus of a single righteous woman in every generation. Could she be found and cut open, women everywhere would then “have it all.”

• A uterus cannot enter a public library or pass in front of a Wendy’s during business hours.

• A uterus that has been attacked or divided into several parts can, given enough time, regenerate the lost tissue and develop rudimentary powers of speech (Spanish only).

• You can substitute up to three tablespoons’ worth of a uterus for any recipe that calls for baking soda.

• If trapped outside of a female body and unable to find food, a uterus is capable of living off of its own tissue for up to 80 days.

• Like the mythical tent of Peri-Banou, a uterus can contract to fit within the palm of a human hand or expand to cover an entire jousting field.

• A woman born with two or no uteruses is left exposed to the elements in the nearest forest. Should she attempt to return home she will be hunted by the elders of her village.

• A uterus is capable of holding up to twelve ounces of venom but cannot experience the human feeling of regret.

• No uterus can bear the touch of salt, or the smell of the sea.

theatlantic

theatlantic:

A Canard That Will Not Die: ‘Legitimate Rape’ Doesn’t Cause Pregnancy

Here we go again. Trotting out the contemporary equivalent of the early American belief that only witches float, Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, told a local Missouri station in an interview that “legitimate rape” does not lead to pregnancy.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin said in an interview with KTVI-TV that caused a furor online Sunday afternoon after being posted on TPM. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” […]

Akin’s comments were hardly some kind never-before-heard gaffe. Arguments like his have cropped up again and again on the right over the past quarter century and the idea that trauma is a form of birth control continues to be promulgated by anti-abortion forces that seek to outlaw all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. The push for a no-exceptions anti-abortion policy has for decades gone hand in hand with efforts to downplay the frequency with which rape- or incest-related pregnancies occur, and even to deny that they happen, at all. In other words, it’s not just Akin singing this tune.

Read more.

This is unbelievably important, as is this separate post on medical indicators of how often rape leads to pregnancy.

rachelfershleiser
What is more troubling than this oddly timed debate about birth control is the vehemence with which I have seen women needing to justify or explain why they take birth control—health reasons, to regulate periods, you know, as if there’s anything wrong with taking birth control simply because you want to have sex without that sex resulting in pregnancy. In certain circles, birth control is being framed as whore medicine so we are now dealing with a bizarre new morality where a woman cannot simply say, in one way or another, “I’m on the pill because I like dick.”

The Alienable Rights Of Women - The Rumpus.net (via rachelfershleiser)

You need to read the whole thing.