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We must defend the principles symbolized by Lady Liberty – unless she’s on the pill, in which case, she is a giant green tramp.”
Reflections from a #WOC on the #WaronWomen: "My Sisters-in-Arms, We are Not United"
Excerpt from my call-and-response speech to cis and white women at “Women United against War on Women” national protest.
(We Are Listening!)
When we picture the women’s movement what faces do we see?
What voices do we hear?
And are they reflected in our choices? In our larger strategy?
Are transgender women a part of this movement?
Have we done our jobs to make that clear?
If so, where is the outrage when transgender women are murdered at an alarming rate in this country?
Where is the feminist takedown when — even in death — the media refers to our trans sisters with male pronouns and suggests that their very existence warranted their assault and murder?
Too many transgender women are being left behind.
Too many members of our family are dying.
Too many members of our family are being tortured and incarcerated, simply for surviving,
Just because we’re too busy “uniting” to look behind.
You must do better.
We must do better.
If I’ve learned anything about real-life revolutions
it’s that they sometimes can take on the form of the war you’re fighting.
it’s that it matters less what you’re fighting for, but who is fighting with you
The War on Women needs to mean more than reproductive justice for middle class white women.
The War on Women needs to mean more than the debate over abortion and birth control.
The War on Women must mean to us the impact of racism on women of color and our sons.
The War on Women must mean to us the impact of racism, sexism, and homophobia on transgender women of color.
The War on Women must mean to us the impact of un-checked privilege and ignorance within our movement.
The War between Women is real.
And until we can be brave enough to face the truth –
that we have to END the war over who counts as “women” amongst ourselves
we are NOT united.
Why does the government think it's OK to lie to women about their health?
Picture this: You’re scared that you might be pregnant. You see an ad for a free pregnancy test and counseling. You call the number and make an appointment. You’re told that birth control is the same as abortion and that if you have an abortion, you will probably get breast cancer. You’re vulnerable, scared, and confused. You have walked into a so-called “crisis pregnancy center” (CPC), and you have been lied to and manipulated. You deserve the truth: comprehensive, unbiased, factual, and medically accurate information. You likely won’t get these things at a CPC.The Challenge
CPCs are a growing threat to women’s health. They often lie to women about abortion and birth control. They’ll do anything to scare a woman away from choosing legal abortion.
Anti-choice groups created CPCs to look like comprehensive health clinics, but many are generally unregulated and unlicensed. For instance, they don’t have to follow privacy-protection laws like your doctor or real clinics do. They use deceptive tactics to mislead women about pregnancy-related information.
Some false claims many CPCs use:
- Abortion causes breast cancer
- Abortion is psychologically damaging
- Abortion can lead to sterility
- Birth-control pills cause abortion
There are more than 4,000 CPCs across the country. Some CPCs even get tax dollars to mislead women.
We can all agree that women never should be lied to when they need information about pregnancy. That’s true no matter where you stand on the issue of abortion. It’s time to hold CPCs accountable for misleading women.
The government should only support legitimate health-care centers. Your taxpayer money should support centers that provide complete and accurate information to women.
Women should have all the facts to make the best decision for their own health.
Learn about choice-related laws in your state.Fact Sheets