As part of the Printemps 2015 there’s a large feminist protest tonight against the abortion restrictions mentioned here, if you can show your support that’d be great!

It’s not a good year to have a uterus in Quebec. Setbacks to reproductive health care in the province continue to be rolled out one after another. Bill 20 is putting reproductive options under fire, weakening service availability in Quebec by limiting physician time allocations for sexual and reproductive health, including abortion care, contraception counselling and STI screening.

Abortion has been recognized as a human right in Canada for over 30 years and an essential medical procedure since 1995, requiring that abortion services be fully accessible and financially covered by provincial and territorial health insurance plans under the Canada Health Act.

These austerity measures chip away at hard fought-for reproductive rights. Despite Health Minister Gaétan Barrette’s insistence that the abortion debate is not being reopened, as it stands, Bill 20 promises to severely impact people’s ability to access abortion services in a timely and cost-effective way. There is no concrete evidence demonstrating how the government will ensure such services are protected from proposed quotas and heavier loads, especially in the case of physicians performing abortions while carrying a patient load.

Quebec is considered a champion of reproductive health care and is host to about 50 per cent of the country’s abortion-care facilities. Our provinces and territories need to uphold the standards set by leaders like Quebec, not see them watered down. Without clearly defined protections on access to abortion, Bill 20 could have serious implications and could have more than just an effect on access for the Quebec population. Regions like the Maritimes where access is limited – or non-existent – still see residents traveling to urban centres in Quebec to access abortion.

Universal access to health care is part of the Canadian landscape. It’s also Canada’s obligation under international human rights law. The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights explicitly includes the right to control one’s health and body in its legal definition and calls on State parties, including Canada, to implement measures to improve maternal health and sexual and reproductive health services. At a time where the UN Committee is already questioning Canada’s existing record on access to abortion, we need to see explicit protections in Bill 20.

In Canada and globally, we have known and fought for years for the recognition of women’s right to health and the removal of barriers that challenge access to essential health services. Despite Barrette’s best assurances, without explicit written protections, Bill 20 could negatively impact access to abortion and related services currently offered by a limited number of physicians. If physicians are in fact offered exemptions from Bill 20’s caps – as suggested by Barrette – we are still faced with the reality of who offers abortion care in Quebec, how the procedure is integrated into their practice, and the shrinking number of physicians trained to perform abortions as many approach retirement.

In Quebec, upward of 80 per cent of all abortions are performed by an already small pool of physicians. Seemingly, the due diligence requirement Bill 20 proposes could bottleneck access to services by penalizing family physicians whose patients opt to seek abortion care directly without seeking a referral through their practice. This could effectively add weeks of wait time for a procedure that is already time-sensitive. It could also jeopardize confidentiality, a crucial element in access to reproductive health care, could cut access to specialized family planning clinics, privatize essential health services, and potentially expose people to anti-choice or unsympathetic practitioners acting as so-called gatekeepers and further delay access to abortion services rather than facilitate access to care.

Bill 20 threatens a serious setback to sexual and reproductive rights and women’s rights. The government of Quebec must explicitly and formally guarantee and protect access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care, as it has done for so many years.

The basis for most Republican opposition: I do not want the government to legislate people into making good decisions for themselves.

This applies to so much. From allowing two people to marry [equality, spouse rights], to personal choice issues [contraception, health care], to rights to privacy [reproduction], to safety laws like wearing motorcycle helmets [avoiding massive hospital bills paid by public], if the evidence shows we can help all people live an objectively happier/healthier life, conservatives will create a very small, morally bankrupt example as their reason for opposition.

anonymous asked:

destiny I'm scared I accidentally got pregnant with my boyfriend bc I've been having all these weird symptoms and then last night I literally started crying to him for no reason and I'm like wtf is up with me lately and I suddenly remembered all the other weird stuff and we are FREAKING OUT and ur always chill and can calm ppl down abt this stuff so idk I came here

aw i sorry if i answered this late!! just looking now in my inbox. anyways breathe ya sexual lil nerdo!! those symptoms could be from the fact you arep paranoid ya know? 

first thing, take a test! you can wait like 3 weeks at least from the time you had the sex you thinkin you were preggos after. if it’s negative but you are still ya know freaking out (understandably so) you can try different brands or get tested at your doctors, too!

see if you can get on birth control and use more than one method of contraceptive, since you don’t want to get pregnant. 

take each day at a time until you can take your test! if you are pregnant it okay, too! there are lots of options and things to think about. abortion is one, too! anyways right now you just gotta tell yourself to ctake a chill pill and wait till you know for sure to start really freaking out haha. talk with your boyfriend and voice these fears and comfort each other. i’m sure you are fine, and you will be whatever your test comes back to be. be safe and smart in the future, and seriously think about getting on BC (still use a condom). sending you love and luck nerdo!!!

Some “traditional” Catholics also see the church as a battlefield; but they go out after battle to shoot the wounded. They are typified by hierarchs like Cardinal Raymond Burke, who says Catholics who remarry outside the church are like murderers, living defiantly in public sin. Or like Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who issued a guide for teachers in the Catholic schools of San Francisco, requiring them to oppose—in the classroom and in their private lives—abortion, contraception, artificial insemination, same sex marriage, adultery, fornication, masturbation, and pornography. He also installed a water system in the overhang at Saint Mary’s Cathedral to soak homeless people who were trying to sleep there. Every hour or half hour, for 75 seconds, the pipes would gush down on those below and flush them away like human refuse. Contrast that with the reaction of Pope Francis when he found that homeless people were sleeping at the entrance to the Vatican piazza. He sent bedrolls out to them, set up showers for them to use in the morning, and sent four hundred more bed rolls to be distributed to the homeless around Rome.

Truly pro-choice people:

  • respect the pregnant person’s choice no matter which it is
  • do not force a person to choose one option or another
  • do not restrict choices based on the circumstances of the pregnancy
  • respect the rights of minors as well as adults, especially their bodily autonomy
  • fight to eliminate the stigma around sex, contraception, and abortion
  • give a listening ear without judgment to pregnant people and formerly pregnant people, no matter what choices they make/made, and encourage them
  • fight to increase the flow of help, healthcare, and resources for low-income families, single parents, and teen parents
  • fight to eliminate the stigma of adopting a child, and fight to improve and revamp the adoption and foster care system: to increase the chance of a child finding a loving home at any age, to increase mental healthcare for children devastated by frequent environmental changes, loss of family, and abuse, to provide better education and diet, to reduce the amount of abuse and rape in the system and provide for victims, and so on.
  • fight to make unplanned pregnancy no longer a time of great fear and stress, through proper provision of sex education, contraception, abortion, pregnancy healthcare, and childcare, and fighting for the rights of people who remain pregnant to retain pay, employment, their bodily autonomy, and receive proper treatment for and shelter from abuse and reproductive control 
  • works to strengthen teen parents and give them the tools they need to succeed as parents and as students and/or employees, rather than shaming and shunning them

i’ve never liked the entire “you can show children blood and gore but SEX is unacceptable???” because while yes it’s true that kids shouldn’t be looking at gore sex is still something that has a deep impact for many, many people. how children are exposed to sex during their formative years heavily influences their expectations of the act as well as how they should conduct themselves wrt it. we always talk about how porn creates bad ideas about sex for people but can we not pretend that regular media with sex scenes isn’t basically the semi cut short versions of those things? unhealthy ideas about sex is still pervasive in all forms in our society.

i mean even if the argument was ‘children should be taught formally about sex’ instead of ‘children should be able to watch people on tv have sex’ i still would only half agree because i believe that kids shouldn’t have sex on the brain at all until adolescence and at that point a formal sex education containing things about contraceptives and consent comes before all else. at best before that point in time they should be taught basic things like anatomy and what to do if someone tries to harm them.

Scarlet Letters: Getting the History of Abortion and Contraception Right

Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.


“Nine months from now the only thing I’m expecting is to be more awesome.”

We’re absolutely in love with these illustrations done by Kate Bingaman Burt for as part of the Thanks, Birth Control campaign. The National Campaign is challenging the nation to have an open, honest conversation about birth control.

Why? Because, in a recent survey, 55% of sexually active women ages 18-22 said that they’d feel more comfortable using contraception if more people talked about it in a positive way.

Join in saying “Thanks, Birth Control” and share these postcards. Or use the hashtag #ThxBirthControl.

Kate was also the very first speaker at CreativeMornings/Portland! Check out her talk here. →


'I Think She Was A She' Proudly Proclaims There's No Shame In Having An Abortion

In the slam poem “I Think She Was A She,” spoken word poet and performance artist Leyla Josephine recounts the abortion she had as a teenager and the cultural shame she’s been constantly confronted with ever since.

Be brought to tears when you watch Leyla recite the full moving poem here.