Today my father argued with my mother because she had a new haircut and she didn’t even asked his opinion before doing it. Of course she was mad and so was I because WOMEN DO NOT NEED TO ASK MEN PERMISSION TO DO ANYTHING WITH THEIR OWN BODY.

So please, if you can, reblog this to prove this point to my father. Thank you!

I wasn’t considering abortion. I wasn’t considering adoption, or parenting, or childcare. I wasn’t even pregnant, and I definitely wasn’t scared — at least not at first.

The woman stopped between questions to comment on my answers and lie. “Oh, you’ve taken birth control. Let me tell you how that causes cancer and is the same a medication abortion.” I was told abortion would scar me for the rest of my life — would damage all of my future relationships and leave me “haunted.” I was told the pill could cause breast cancer, that condoms are “naturally porous” and don’t protect against STIs, and that IUDs could kill me. She lectured and lied to me for over an hour before I even received the results of my pregnancy test.

Also interspersed in the deception were subtle judgments of my life decisions. “So you do have some scruples about you,” she said at one point, referring to my low number of sexual partners. One of the most disturbing comments came when I was pressed about the sexual experience leading to my visit, the reason I supposedly needed a pregnancy test in the first place. I told her an all too common story of acquaintance rape. I had been at a party, I said, severely intoxicated and unable to consent, “I didn’t remember anything… I just wished it hadn’t happened.” Her response made it clear that the situation was my fault, “Oh so he took advantage of you. Well just don’t do it again sweetie; just don’t do it again.” It made me sick. 

It only got worse after a positive pregnancy test.

Please read this. This is so important. Even though I know most of these facts, seeing it on paper being told by a pro-choice person, it’s a 100x more scary and real.

Icelanders are among the happiest and healthiest people on Earth. They publish more books per capita than any other country, and they have more artists. They boast the most prevalent belief in evolution — and elves, too. Iceland is the world’s most peaceful nation (the cops don’t even carry guns), and the best place for kids. Oh, and they had a lesbian head of state, the world’s first. Iceland is also the best place to have a uterus, according to the folks at the World Economic Forum. Over time, Scandinavian countries became modern social democratic states where wealth is more evenly distributed, education is typically free up through university, and the social safety net allows women to comfortably work and raise a family. Scandinavian moms aren’t agonizing over work-family balance: parents can take a year or more of paid parental leave. Dads are expected to be equal partners in childrearing, and they seem to like it.
الفتاة اللتي تُمنع من الخروج و حرية التصرف ليست بالطبع فاسقة، لكنها ليست فاضلة، إنّها اللاشيء لأنها لم تختَر شيئًا، إننا لسنا مسوؤلين عن أي عمل نمارسه بالإكراه، أي أننا لا نستطيع أن نطلق على أنفسنا أي حُكم أخلاقي حينما لا نملك حريّتنا في اختيار ما نفعل.
—  غادة السمّان - إمرأة عربية … و حرّة.

Maryam Amid-Semnani also known as Mozayan-ol Saltaneh (Death, August 1919) was the founder and editor of Shkoufe newspaper. An influential news paper for women, published in 1913. She is considered to be one of the first female journalists in Iran.  

In her articles she discussed the need of education for Iranian women, Child hygiene and family health and the importance of women’s creativity. She believed women ought to be informed about the legal and political topics related to themselves and others, and be warned against superstitions and ignorance.  

She also founded the “The Iranian Women’s Society” and promoted and worked for Women’s rights. 

Excerpt from article: 

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) suggested the possibility of cutting government benefitsfor unwed mothers who have multiple children.

“Maybe we have to say ‘enough’s enough, you shouldn’t be having kids after a certain amount,’” said Paul, who opposes legal abortion and has criticized the federal health care law’s contraception mandate as a violation of religious and economic liberty.

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