We are not baby-making machines. We carry, many of us, baby-making machinery around inside of us, but just as with our hands and our brains and our mouths, what we do with it is up to us. Given this machinery’s massive effects on our health, it is even more up to us what we do with it. No god gets to compete with that. No potential for a cute little baby gets to compete with that. No man’s desire for legacy gets to compete with that.
Even if they did compete, directly and honestly, they’d lose. As long as they allow the pregnant woman to be a consideration, they lose the argument. They lose because then the argument looks as inhumane and appalling as what I posted above. It looks as inhumane and appalling as it really is."
If you’re anti-abortion and you’re feeling attacked by the posts about Savita Halappanavar, the woman who died of blood poisoning after being refused an abortion
You’re supposed to feel attacked
You are being attacked
Your absurd, hard-line views on abortion have killed a human being
You’re not pro-life at all
If people DIE because of your beliefs, you can’t call yourself pro-life
You deserve to be lambasted
Now hurry up and start thinking about how you can actually save lives and then people will stop hating you
ALL. OF. THIS. Also, one further point to make:
You know why you’re feeling so attacked, right?
Because you feel fucking guilty. If you knew you were blameless in this woman’s death, you’d shrug off our posts the way you shrug off everything else we say. But this story, you find you can’t do that. It’s tugging at what little shreds of morality you have left in the cavernous blackness of what passes for your soul, and you know, deep down, that her blood is on your hands.
But you can’t admit that. Or else you’ll have to admit you’ve taken the entirely WRONG approach to this whole issue, that all the time you spent restricting and criminalizing and policing and punishing, you should have spent helping people and reforming the social institutions like poverty and homelessness and abuse and shitty sex-ed or no sex-ed and inability to access contraception. You’ll have to admit that yes, sometimes it IS medically necessary to perform an abortion. You’ll have to admit that the lives of the people whose bodies you want to dangle from strings on little sticks like fucking puppets have value too, and that when your options are A: save both, B: save neither, C: save one, and A is already off the table for medical reasons, that C is the moral choice, even after all this time you’ve spent denying that such a situation would ever be necessary. And that if you choose B, you’re aiding and abetting in a fucking murder.
You deserve every ounce of that guilt. I hope it makes you think. I hope it makes you realize that a truly pro-life stance takes into account ALL lives involved, not just the fetal life.
And I hope you have the courage to accept that understanding, and begin to work with it to undo some of the damage you’ve done.
Also fuck you.
I’m not afraid to say it. I truly and honestly believe that every single person on this earth has a right to live. I believe that no one should take that away from them. I believe that every person should be in complete control of their body and theirs alone. I believe that government has no right to tell me what to do with my life. I believe that if you are pregnant, three choices are available to you. Adoption, parenthood and abortion. I believe that you should choose what’s right for your situation.
Adoption is a wonderful option, but it doesn’t work for people who don’t want to be pregnant. Pregnancy is very hard on you physically, financially, and mentally. A lot of people can’t or don’t want to go through that. There are people who take all the precautions but still end up pregnant. There never has been and never will be a good reason for forcing someone through a pregnancy and childbirth they do not want.
A fertilized egg is not a person and a fetus is not a baby. I value the life of the pregnant person over the potential life of the fetus. It’s the living, breathing, feeling, loving people that already inhabit this earth that we should be helping. Those are the people we should be passing laws to protect.
I am pro-life because I’m pro-choice.
Rape (re)Defined. Courtesy of Paul Ryan, Ron Paul, Todd Akin, and Barack Obama.
Just … the idea of middle aged white men who have never been the victim of sexual abuse or have ever owned a uterus (as opposed to thinking they own every single one in their legislative jurisdiction), can have a say in what I do with my body is not just repulsive, it’s ridiculous. What exactly qualifies these people who apparently don’t even have a basic grasp of biology and human anatomy to define and justify what I may or may not do with my goddamn body? If I don’t get a say in Todd Akin’s ridiculous comb over, why the fuck does he think he can get a say in something as significant as a pregnancy? Also, WHEN THE FUCK DID MY BODY GET NATURAL DEFENSES TO UNWANTED PREGNANCIES AND WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME ABOUT THIS? ALSO WHAT THE FUCK CONSTITUTES A LEGITIMATE RAPE YOU PUERILE SACKS OF SHIT?
This wonderfully done documentary aired on MSNBC a year ago and it is now online. If you click on the link you should be able to watch all 6 parts of it in the video embedded into it (to view the next part click on the video boxes for each one on the right hand side).
I’m going to watch it later.
You had your 15 minutes of fame many decades ago, please stop.
I am so sick of seeing politicians and talking heads using the death of this teenager to their benefit. Mr. Sharpton if you care about this one African American boy being killed, how come you show no interest in the MILLIONS of African American lives that have been ended by abortion? Even today, in 2012 there are hundreds of African American unborn humans being destroyed in the womb. And though there’s nothing that could make that any worse than it already is, Mr. Sharpton many of these lives are being ended by white doctors, who are making good money off of slaying what is your people.
I don’t know who you’re trying to fool. You support a president who supports abortion at ANY stage in pregnancy, including late term abortions. You support a black man, who supports the PAID MURDER OF HIS OWN PEOPLE.
Do you cry for the souls lost to abortion?
Do you protest outside of clinics that purposely target poor black communities?
Are you angered by Planned Parenthoods dark, racist past?
Are you supporting pregnancy centers, so women can access free resources for their children and families?
If Travon Martin’s life was ended for $450 dollars at an abortion clinic, would you still fight for him? Would you still hold rallies? Would you still weep and pray?
Travon Martin’s life was cut tragically short, no doubt about it. Thankfully, he got to experience life, even though he only had a short 17 years to do so. But will we turn a blind eye against the Travon’s that are still in the womb?
If I see one more “pro-lifer” use Trayvon’s murder to further their BULLSHIT ANTI-CHOICE AGENDA I WILL FUCKING LOSE IT!!!!!
FUCK YOU, YOU WORTHLESS SACK OF SHIT! YOU DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THE BLACK BOYS BEING SHOT DOWN IN THE STREETS EVERYDAY! YOU DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THE BLACK PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO HAVE CHILDREN THEY WEREN’T PREPARED FOR BECAUSE YOU AND YOUR BULLSHIT ANTI-CHOICE LAWS TOOK AWAY THEIR ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTION! YOU DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THE BLACK PEOPLE WHO LACK ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE BECAUSE YOUR BULLSHIT ANTI-CHOICE LAWS TOOK AWAY ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE IN THEIR AREA! YOU FOR DAMN SURE DON’T GIVE TWO SHITS ABOUT BLACK CHILDREN BEFORE OR AFTER THEY’RE BORN! YOU ONLY CARE ABOUT USING OUR BODIES AND OUR STRUGGLES WHEN YOU THINK IT SUITS YOU!!!
IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE YOUR DELUDED ASS SOMEWHERE AND SIT THE FUCK DOWN. PREFERABLY IN THIS CHAIR:
FUCK YOU ASSHOLE AND HAVE A SHIT FILLED DAY!
Abortion is a genuine solution to being pregnant.
Adoption is a genuine solution to being a parent.
Who would have thought? I mean seriously, anyone that has the nerve to tell me adoption is the solution to my problem when I have legitimate concerns about pregnancy needs to check themselves.
How very telling. But then again, your propaganda always is.
You felt the need to illustrate an abortion post with a person who is noticeably pregnant. This ignores the reality that 78.9% of abortions happen during the embryonic stage and 88% happen within the first 12 weeks. Most abortions look something like this:
And the embryo looks something like this:
You also felt the need to compare the fundamental rights to privacy and bodily integrity to a geographic location? Property rights? People’s bodies are not “locations” to be fought over. Everything about this seeks to trivialize the right to be in control of your body and free of coercion. It’s telling that the only time you reduce bodies to a piece of property like a house is when that body is pregnant. Well, news flash: bodily integrity doesn’t dissipate with pregnancy and arguing that it does creates a special, and discriminated against, class of people. Equal Protection Clause be damned, I guess?
It’s all very misogynist as well. Where did their head go? Why must you eroticize pregnancy and their body without giving them an identity, a face, a life? Is it because their dreams, considerations, and circumstances might elicit more sympathy than an embryo and that would defeat your purpose? Or is is just that the “location’s” face isn’t important and would distract from the “life” within? Which is what you really care about.
Like if someone is pregnant and doesn’t want to be.
JM is a 21-year-old full-time student at a university in South Jersey. She recently became pregnant and is unable to carry the pregnancy to term. Due to serious health conditions that resulted from a childhood cancer, JM must have her termination in a hospital setting. These procedures are far more expensive than those provided in a free-standing clinic.Her financial need far exceeds the capacity of WMF to help, and so I am emailing to ask if you can make an emergency contribution so that she can safely terminate her pregnancy.JM has thus far survived a double-lung transplant, lost a kidney, and faced multiple organ failure. She is now dealing with ongoing kidney disease. Her treatment has all taken place at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; given her fragile medical state, as well as the familiarity of this hospital staff with her medical issues, she returned there for her pregnancy termination. JM is on Medicaid from New Jersey, but it will not cover the procedure in Philadelphia.JM thus faces a funding gap of $3,010. She currently receives $700 per month from Social Security, which is her sole income. Her family supports her decision to terminate her pregnancy, but is unable to help her financially. She and her boyfriend, also a student, were able to cobble together $100. JM has turned to WMF, desperate for help to raise the funds she needs.It is clear that this young woman deserves our funding, yet if WMF supports her fully, we would have to turn away ten to fifteen other women or girls with more routine needs. Instead, we are turning to you today to request an emergency contribution to help this woman terminate this pregnancy that poses serious risk to her health.
Please provide your support in either of two ways:
1) Make an immediate donation by credit card by clicking here.2) Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the amount of your pledge and then send us a check. Mail to WMF, PO Box 40748, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Thank you so much for your consideration.Susan SchewelExecutive Director
Maybe if we all forgo one bottle of wine this weekend? Yes, yes?
Rent is due but I’m chipping in what I can. Who wants to be with me?
This woman needs a life-saving abortion. I REPEAT: THIS WOMEN NEEDS A LIFE-SAVING ABORTION.
Please donate. I don’t have much but I’m chipping in what I can.
If you can’t donate, pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease reblog. Share on Twitter, on Facebook—anything. PRO-CHOICERS, WE NEED TO DO THIS.
As I see more and more posts I see here on tumblr about abortion, and the asinine debates over the topic, I have decided that my story is one that needed to be shared.
I am a 30 year old, married mother of four, and although I chose to keep each of my children—and don’t regret it at all—that isn’t what this story is about.
My experience goes way back to 1997, when I was 16 years old. I had already been living on my own for more than a year, so the circumstances in which this begins wasn’t unusual for me. Living on the streets in Eugene, OR, I met my ex. I immediately fell in love with him, and even though he was 22 years old, our relationship began.
With nowhere to really go, the two of us headed out East to his hometown of Lynn, MA, where we lived with his brother and his brother’s girlfriend. Things were good. We were happy, healthy, and didn’t have to do anything as his grandmother paid for everything. She owned the house in which we lived, and if we needed food, cigarettes, or beer, she provided.
After a few short months of living there, I began to present symptoms of being pregnant. His family noticed and immediately had me take a pregnancy test. The longest five minutes of my life ended in one of the most traumatic moments of my life. Pee on a stick, find out I’m pregnant. That is when his family took action.
His brother’s girlfriend picked up the phone, opened the phone book, and started calling abortion clinics. At that point she was just getting estimates on the cost, and asking about how far along in pregnancy was too long. (It was later discovered that I was approximately 7 weeks into my pregnancy.) After many conversations with my ex’s grandmother, the two of them decided that I was to have an abortion.
I begged and pleaded with them, telling them that I didn’t want to do it, but they insisted and made the appointment. The only bump in their plan, was that we were in the state of Massachusetts, where anyone under the age of 18 seeking an abortion had to go before a judge with their parents present. Well, my parents were in Oregon and California, so that wasn’t an option. Luckily for my ex’s family though, New Hampshire had no such restrictions, so that is where they were to take me.
The day of the appointment had arrived. We didn’t have a vehicle, nor the funds to pay, so his grandmother took the wheel and payed for the procedure. Also, to add, my ex’s brother didn’t have anything to do that day, so he went along for the ride, only showing just how ‘seriously’ they took the situation. After 3 hours in a car with my ex, his grandmother, and his brother, we arrived at the clinic. We parked, and then ‘Nanna’ and I went into the clinic to check me in and so she could pay. For the next 30 minutes, I sat in the waiting room alone, while everyone else waited in the car.
My time had come. I was approached by a nurse and lead up the flight of stairs where the procedure rooms were. They had me change out of my clothes into a hospital gown, and then they gave me an injection of some sort of a mild sedative. They had me lay on the table, and the procedure began.
Even after having four children—two with no meds at all—I still remember it as being the most painful thing I have ever experienced. I screamed and begged for them not to do it, but regardless of what I said, and how hard I attempted to fight them off, the nurses held me down until it was over.
I put my clothes back on and went back out to the car. The entire 3 hour drive back, no one said a word. The only thing that could be heard was the sound of me crying. I cried for off and on for weeks. And even though I may not think about it everyday, on occasion, I think about what might have been. If I would have had a boy or girl. What I would have named them. What they would have looked like. And how if I had not been forced into an abortion, how I would have a 14 year old child.
I didn’t have a choice, so now I give my voice for choice to others.
I was forced to have an abortion, and I am PRO-CHOICE!!
Seeing another’s story on my dash, has inspired me to share mine again.
And quite frankly this is what’s going to continue to happen to WITHOUT choice. Except they won’t get a sedative. They won’t get a nurse. They won’t get a ride home. They will probably die. And I hate to say it but you could have said no. You could have ran away. Yes you could have. In MA we have has tons and tons of options for that. My grandmother put people through those options. Quite frankly this was probably an abusive relationship and because of the age difference statutory rape. You had thousands of options but let them give you one. I’m sorry but I find this hardly an excuse to ban abortion, but to make the laws defining that they must know you YOU want it more strong.
If you actually took the time to read bacon-beer-and-boobs’ incredible story, you’d know she is insanely Pro-choice. I have to say I really find it ironic how your title is “An Intellectual Judgment” when all you did was judge. Glad you’re pro-choice and all, but please, start reading what you judge.
Also, don’t you dare fucking blame her for ‘not doing enough’ to prevent her unwanted abortion. Have you been in that situation? Do you know what kind of character she has, or what experiences she’s faced? I’m gonna guess no, since you didn’t know she was pro-choice, in addition to not even fully reading a few paragraphs of her story.
What you’re doing is straight-up victim blaming. And it’s not fucking okay.
Actually, don’t judge at all. Clearly you’re not very good at it.
How the fuck are you gonna victim blame on a post like this? Get the fuck you ignorant ass, illiterate ass individual.
Fuck you, Larry Pittman. Our reality is not going to become The Handmaid’s Tale.
I hate my country sometimes. “Pro-life” MY ASS.
I need this puerile shitstain to explain exactly how he is prolife when he is calling for the death of real people. It’s funny how these people are only prolife in cases that make them feel morally superior to everyone else. I need this bitch to have a seat. Ignorant ass motherfucker. Look at your life Pittman, look at your choices.