I found out I was pregnant in Tennessee while I was riding freight trains and hitch hiking back across America. Everyone said I should get an abortion cos its the responsible thing to do because I’m young and don’t have my shit together . My boy friend was super stressed out.. I decided to get an abortion I was unsure about it but I thought it would be easy I had one when I was 16 and had no problem emotionally with it. I went into the planned parenthood in Nashville to get an abortion I was there for hours they took me in to take the pill and I couldn’t go through with it. and that’s okay. I realized it was not what I wanted and I was doing it to please others. so I just left.  I’m 15 weeks pregnant I’m having the baby. Was not what I was planning on doing with my life this young. But it is my choice and I’m going to be a bad ass mom to an awesome person. I’m happy with my life. I’m getting shit together. We just bought a truck saving up for a big school bus and moving to Washington and I’m going to give this baby the happiest life I can. A lot of people have a lot of shit to talk about this. but I’m not embarrassed anymore I’m proud. 

If you’re having feelings about your abortion around the holidays take extra good care of yourself.
These times can bring up all kinds of emotions, and I hope you feel safe letting yourself feel them, and moving through them. You are not alone in however you feel, it is normal and okay to reflect, cry, be grateful, and/or ask for help!
However you feel is real and true for you. Reach out to support networks, know your triggers, and aim for peace <3
-Kate

unalarm asked:

hey, i don't know much about libertarianism. what do they (generally) think about abortion and gay marriage?

Abortion: This varies significantly. Many libertarians, including the Libertarian Party, are pro-choice. Many others, especially those who tend to like Ron Paul, are pro-life. Some hold to some sort of intermediate perspective, like evictionism.

A lot of this issue, for libertarians, comes down to the question of personhood: If the unborn child inherently is a person or at some point develops into one before birth, then his or her right to life without harm should be protected as much as anyone else’s. If the fetus is not a person, however, then the mother should be able to do whatever she wants with her own body.

In other words, these differing positions are more about the facts of the situation than the principle of protecting individual rights to the fullest extent.

Gay Marriage: Here too libertarians are of varying opinions. I’d say we all agree that consenting adults should be allowed to enter into whatever kind of relationship they want, regardless of our own convictions for or against gay marriage. 

That said, some libertarians simply want gay marriage to be legalized, while others prefer to take the question of who can get married out of the government’s hands entirely. (I wrote about this just the other day.) Personally, I—and, if I had to guess, most libertarians—prefer privatizing marriage as the ideal, but, in the absence of that would much rather have gay marriage legal than illegal.

Of course, we also think it’s really important to make sure no individual, church, or other organization is forced to recognize marriages they don’t support. Freedom of association is for everyone!

anonymous asked:

Hey I'm a bit confused on the term "pro choice". Technically it means "for choice" but that's not completely true,is it? I mean, if you look up the term you get "Professional association for abortion practitioners. Offers information on abortion, clinic violence, and pro-choice views on related issues." So wouldn't the correct term for your movement be "pro abortion?"

The cool thing about Google is that it searches key words. So when you type in “pro choice,” results with those terms will pop up. The first result (where you got that definition from) isn’t a definition of pro-choice - it’s telling you what that website/organization does. In this case, that is the National Abortion Federation. They can give you tons of information on abortion, plus help people find funding for abortions. 

Pro-choice means supporting all reproductive choices. We support abortion, pregnancy, adoption, and parenting. I don’t mind saying I’m pro-abortion, because I am. Abortion is okay. So are all the other choices.

Hope this helps! -Kendra

Quick guide for when you get to discuss a pregnant person's reasons for getting an abortion

1) You are the pregnant person
2) The pregnant person specifically asked for your input
3) No other times ever
4) Literally that’s it

gryffindorsphoenix asked:

In response to your post on birth control: What is to stop men using condoms in addition to their partners taking birth control. Double the protection if paying for a child is going to be that hard on them then they should be wearing some form of a condom anyway.

I can respond to this argument using your logic: why do they need to? The vast majority of the biological processes that contribute to childbirth happen inside a woman’s body, during gestation. A man contributes very little to this process, and has no say over whether the pregnancy is brought to term or not, so there’s really no reason to suddenly force him to be involved after the baby is born. Her body, her choice, her responsibility.

Oh and, “if paying for a child is going to be that hard on them” then women have every opportunity to use a condom when they have sex (they make those for women too, you know) … or use birth control, or get an abortion, or drop the baby off at anonymous adoption site. How hard is it not to rope somebody else into sponsoring your parenthood?

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A new Guttmacher study shows what reproductive rights activists already know: the Right is waging a massive disinformation campaign to conflate birth control with abortion in public discourse so as to eliminate women’s access to BOTH. This explains how Hobby Lobby successfully argued against covering certain types of contraception to female employees based on SCIENTIFICALLY-UNTRUE assertions that they constituted abortion.
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/17/4/gpr170414.html

While feminists must re-radicalize the fight for abortion access using every legal and political means available to us (Stop Patriarchy is an example of an organization doing this), we should also be widely-disseminating information on DIY abortion and contraceptives, such as this guide from “A Womb Of One’s Own”- there may come a time when this information will save your life or that of a woman you love. Abortion and contraception could very well become illegal across the board as inaccessible as they already are for so many:
http://wombofonesown.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/a-womb-of-ones-own-complete-text-basic-edition/

http://womensliberationfront.org/

Art: Jenifer Mokren

Abortion foes force a brain-dead woman to stay on life support to incubate her fetus 

An Irish woman described by her physicians as “clinically dead” is being kept on a ventilator against her family’s wishes — all so that she can function as an incubator for the 16-week-old fetus she was carrying when she died.

The case has reignited the debate over Ireland’s highly restrictive abortion laws

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A bill proposed by a Republican state lawmaker in Missouri would require a woman seeking an abortion to obtain notarized consent from the baby’s father, even if he is physically abusive toward her.

The bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Rick Brattin, told Mother Jones that while the bill has exceptions for rape victims and to protect the life of the mother, women in domestic violence situations are not exempt from having to ask the father’s permission. “What does that have to do with the child’s life?” Brattin said. “Just because it was an abusive relationship, does that mean the child should die?”

In explaining the bill to Mother Jones, Brattin channeled Todd Akin, the former Republican congressman from Missouri who, during a failed 2012 Senate bid, said that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” have mechanisms in their bodies that prevent them from getting pregnant. Brattin said his bill would require a woman to be able to prove that a “legitimate rape” happened in order to avoid having to ask for a man’s consent for the abortion.

"Just like any rape, you have to report it, and you have to prove it," said Brattin. "So you couldn’t just go and say, ‘Oh yeah, I was raped,’ and get an abortion. It has to be a legitimate rape."

Brattin said he was inspired to introduce the bill on December 3 for the next legislative session, but it has not moved yet in the Missouri House. He said he was inspired to change the laws around abortion consent because he was required to obtain his wife’s consent before having a vasectomy.

Source

Read proposed Bill here