abortion alternatives

Okay so in Missouri we have a heavily funded alternatives to abortion program, which in itself is okay because yeah, help out women who aren’t comfortable with abortion but can’t afford a child. They exist and deserve support.

But recently a bill was proposed that would require medical facilities to be completely honest and factual about women’s health, because this is a REALLY big issue. State funded clinics are currently pretty much under a gag order when it comes to discussing abortion services.

Republicans are fighting this as hard as they can because “ [they] looked at the bill as overstepping those bounds and discriminating against religious groups that want to express their free speech rights and freely assemble,” (Wallingford).

That’s right, folks. Requiring medical professionals to be completely honest about women’s health is infringing on religious rights and freedom of speech.

But like, somehow, people like Wallingford haven’t had much to say about other republicans literally shitting all over actual freedom of speech and assembly (18 states so far have had legislation proposed punishing peaceful protestors).

I just really hate the Missouri government guys.

From the first issue of the Journal of Alternative Facts.

Other forthcoming articles:

Spicer, S. (2017). Quantifying Crowd Size with Empirical Data: A Wishful Thinking Approach. Journal of Alternative Facts 1(1).

Amaleauthor, I.A. (2017). Reduced Access to Contraception Reduces Abortions. Journal of Alternative Facts 1(1).

Trump, D.J. (2017). An Exhaustive Account of Terrorist Acts Committed by Computer Science PhD Students. Journal of Alternative Facts 1(2).

Trump, D.T. (2017). Definitions & Etymologies of the Words “Fake” as It Applies to News Organizations. Journal of Alternative Facts 1(2).

Trump, D.J. &  Peña Nieto, E. (2017). Badly Needed Walls: The Case of Mexico. Journal of Alternative Facts 1(2).

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Reinstating the Reagan-era executive order, what this ‘Global Gag Order’ means is that the U.S. will tell organizations that they are giving money to overseas that they can’t use their own, non-U.S. funds to pay for abortions or abortion counseling if they still want to receive funds for other planning services. [x]

“If men could get pregnant, abortion clinics would be like Starbucks.” - Nasim Pedrad

Abortion

Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy. There are different ways in which it can be carried out. A certified doctor can carry out a medical procedure to safely terminate the pregnancy. The methods directed to end earlier pregnancies (first trimester) are especially safe. Such methods include the abortion pill and manual aspiration. The abortion pill (RU486) prevents the fertilised egg from remaining attached to the lining of the uterus and manual aspiration involves using a syringe to generate suction to terminate the pregnancy. The latter takes only 5-15 minutes. If a woman wants to terminate her pregnancy in the second trimester, she can always turn to surgical abortion. However, second trimester abortions are rare, statistics showing that only 10% of abortions take place in the second trimester.

A woman should have the right to make her own medical decisions, the freedom to choose what happens to her body and the last say in this matter. A women considering abortion is not an invitation to start a political debate. 

As you have probably figured out now, I’m pro-choice. For those of you who don’t know what that means, it’s about supporting the right to legalise abortion in the first two trimesters of the pregnancy. The motive behind it is to end unsafe abortions, which can cause harmful side effects such as infections and in some cases the death of the woman. It is also to give women the freedom to control her own body, and to trust  them; she will know, with the guide of a doctor, the best decisions for her. The case of each woman is different. Each woman has her own stories and her own reasons. You can’t pass a ‘one size fits all’ kind of law on such a personal issue.

Mean while, pro-life is advocating the protection of the fetus, the reasoning behind it is that abortion is apparently equivalent to murder. (News flash; it’s not. The fetus is part of the womans’ body. It’s not it’s own person. According to scientists,  neocortical development, which is responsible for emotional and cognition does not even begin until the late second or early third trimester of pregnancy)


Despite which side you’re on, the fact remains that in most countries, abortion is still considered a taboo subject. So lets get down to business and decide whether it really is a controversial topic or whether it is something that can be turned into a healthy discussion.


1.If you really want to reduce the number of deaths, banning abortions is not the right answer. Because in fact, that would more likely result in the death of the woman as she would turn to back alley abortions. Hence, increasing the number of deaths, actually. Studies have shown that illegalizing abortion does not decrease the number of abortions. It only increases the harmful, unhygienic number of abortions.


2.Abortion in the first trimester is not equivalent to murder. The fetus is part of the mother in the first trimester. It cannot be regarded as a separate entity as it cannot exist independently outside of the womb.


3.Adoption is not an alternative to abortion. How can you expect a mother to happily put her child in an orphanage when there are countless kids being waited to be adopted. How can you even suggest to her to add her kid to that list, when orphans are not necessarily treated well, especially in poorer countries. If a woman decides that it’s more painful to watch her child grow up in an orphanage than going through abortion, that is her decision and it should be respected. That decision does not affect you. 



4.One of the exceptions that pro-lifers give is that they allow abortion in the case of rape or incest. But who are you to narrow it down to just those cases? Let’s look at the case of a woman who is going through depression and is not emotionally capable of bringing up a chid. Are you really going to force her to bring up the child, knowing well enough that she can’t take care of herself, let alone her child?


5.In some cases the girl may be too young to bring up a child, she may want to pursue her studies and become financially stable before she commits to bringing up another life. A common response to this is that ‘well, she should have thought of  that before she had sex’. If that is your response, maybe you should look at where your ‘pro-life’ views are stemming from. Is it really because you care about the life of the fetus? Is it really? If that’s the case, good, I hope you’re around to take care of the child when the mother is out juggling 2-3 jobs just to make sure she can save enough money in time for the child’s education. When people reply such things, it makes me wonder, do you really care about the child’s life? Or are you trying to shame and punish a woman for having sex? Your ‘deal with the consequences’ attitude will harm an innocent persons life. So you calling yourself ‘pro-life’ seems a bit contradicting to me.


6.A lot of people tend to get the definition of pro-choice wrong. Pro-choice is not equivalent to pro-abortion. You can be pro-choice and yet when faced with the decision of terminating your pregnancy, you can choose not to. Because that is your choice. That’s what the whole  movement is about; letting women have the freedom to choose what they want. You can be pro-choice and think that you may want to terminate a pregnancy if faced with the choice of pursuing your studies or bringing up a child, yet, when another women faces that decision and decides to bring up the child, you can support her.


7.Another ‘point’ the pro-lifers love to use is that, ‘what if the aborted baby was Einstein or Newton?’. Well, what if the mother too was capable of making contributions to humankind, yet she is no longer able to do so because she is forced to bring up a child she is not capable of bringing up, hence not being able to dedicate her time to her career?


If you’re really committed to reducing the number of abortions, focus on increasing sex educations, planned parenting and the number of contraceptives that are readily available. According to a research conducted in Romania between 1965-2010, it showed that when abortion was illegal, 150,000 children were put in orphanages that were ill conducted. These children grew up to have mental and physical health problems. Are you still pro-life? Did your choices to ban abortion lead to a good life? I don’t think so.
The study also shows (graph on next post) when abortion was legalised and contraceptions were made available, the number of maternal mortality related directly to pregnancies and the number of maternal mortality related to abortions went down at a steep rate. So for those who are pro-life, the ones that apparently 
care about saving lives and not causing deaths, that’s a fact that you should keep in mind. When you say you’re pro-life but your views are contributing to deaths of women in the process of saving a fetus, you need to sit back and think about how ironic it is that you call yourself ‘pro-life.’

“The decision about abortion is a decision for a woman and her doctor to make, not the government.” -Bernie Sanders.

anonymous asked:

Hello! I'm wondering if you've heard about the artificial uterus, as it could be a safe alternative for abortion that both pro-choicers and pro-lifers could agree on. Though it doesn't exist yet, many people are working on making it a reality. What's your opinion on it?

First of all, I’m from America so this is going to be pretty US centric.

I have mixed feelings about this…

I think it would be amazing and so cool if we could figure out how to do it. It could be amazing for tokophobic people who want to be parents or for people who can’t carry a fetus to term, but want to have a child.

That being said I do see a few problems:

1. Who pays for it? Here in the US we don’t have socialized healthcare so someone would have to pay for. Does the person getting the fetus removed also have to pay for its care? Does the person adopting the fetus (if there is one) pay for it? Do we find government funding for it? Depending on how far along the fetus is they could be in this fake uterus for months and that would cost a ton of money, at least when the technology first comes out.

2. Who takes care of the baby once it’s born (done? idk what you would call it)? Do they go into the foster system or can you only do this if you have a family ready to adopt it? Someone has to care for the newborn (and subsequent years until it’s an adult) and that also costs money.

3. What if someone doesn’t feel comfortable with the idea? Maybe they don’t want to procreate or have issues with the adoption system or a number of other personal reasons. Could they still get an abortion? Would they be forced to allow the fetus to develop because that would be fucked up.

4. What if something happens to the fetus while it’s in the fake womb? I guess it can’t miscarry, but what if something were to happen. Whose fault is is? Does the doctor/nurse in charge of the fetus get in trouble? Do we have to investigate the death? That could lead to a whole host of hard to deal with problems.

I’m sure I’ve left out quite a few things, but this is just off the top of my head. So while I think the idea is very cool, I don’t think it is going to be practical for a lot of people, especially when it first comes out.

Four Reasons River Song is NOT Married to the Doctor.

I’m sorry to everyone who likes the whole River/Doctor relationship (or Steven Moffat’s writing). I find it very, very forced, far too convoluted and basically completely lacking in any kind of sense–even while accommodating for the reversed timelines–to take seriously or believe, among other things. Therefore, this list.

1. It happened in an alternate (and aborted) timeline. If the timeline doesn’t exist, neither does the marriage. Simple.

2. It was forced. The Doctor flat out states that he doesn’t want to marry her and she pressures him into it because it’s the only way she’ll let him touch her. If there is any kind of pressure, blackmail or abuse to get someone to marry another person, the marriage is forced. The Doctor was absolutely pressured into participating because not participating would’ve ended the universe.

3. He DIDN’T tell her his name. River admits this after things are fixed and back to normal. This assumes that marriage is the one and only time the Doctor would tell someone his name.

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RIVER: Okay. I’m going to tell you what I probably shouldn’t. The Doctor’s last secret. Don’t you want to know what he whispered in my ear?
AMY: He whispered his name.
RIVER: Not his name, no.
AMY: Yes, it was. He said it was.
RIVER: Rule One?
AMY: The Doctor lies.

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(This, of course, invalidates earlier canon, namely a scene in ‘Forest of the Dead’…though, it could be construed as the first instance of Moffat’s new 'Rule One’–the Doctor lies…Either way, it is, to me, typical Moffat writing and therefore very frustrating and eye-roll-inducing.)

4. It was the Teselecta who participated in the ceremony, not the Doctor himself. And yes, I know he was piloting (or at least helping to pilot) it. Still, the case can be made that while he was present at the ceremony, he wasn’t actually the one participating. River Song married a puppet of the Doctor. That’s not the same as actually marrying the Doctor. It’s just not.

SUBMISSION: My abortion story

I want to start by saying that abortion was never in my life plan. I remember not long after I first became sexually active, I decided that abortion would never be for me. Years later, I was laughing over a glass of wine and a delicious dinner with my fiance, joking about the possibility that I might be pregnant. We had been together for two years at that point, and we had many pregnancy scares beforehand, all of which were negative.


I don’t know why we bought the pregnancy test, we just did. What would it hurt to take one? However, by the time we had come home and I had already started the process, I was shaking. We weren’t poor by any means, but we didn’t have the financial stability to support a child. I kept telling myself that it wouldn’t be positive. Still, I picked up the test after just a few minutes, the digital screen had become almost menacing to me.


Yes. The word “yes” was the only thing on the screen. My stomach dropped. The first words out of my mouth were “holy shit, I’m actually pregnant.”


I really didn’t now how to feel. I had never been in this situation before. Over the years, I had allowed myself to believe that it could never happen to me. Here I was. Pregnant. The first thing that crossed my mind? Well, time to look into abortion.


After calling my local planned parenthood, I made an appointment for a legal reading at a local clinic, then another appointment for the actual treatment a week later. I had decided that I would prefer a medical abortion. Two pills, that’s all it would take. I was more afraid for the legal reading than anything else. Mostly because I expected some sort of guilt trip. However, my expereince was much different. They basically just told me the death rate in abortion compared to child birth and other alternatives to abortion. It took no more than 20 minutes and I was back on my way.


The next week, I spent denying the truth. Maybe the test was wrong. Maybe the second test I took a day later was wrong as well. I was going to get the ultrasound and they would see no embryo in my uterus. They’d charge me the ultrasound fee and I could go home. I could go on with my life like it never happened. That denial was my main focus, taking my attention off of the obvious hormonal changes and morning sickness (which turned into all-day sickness damned quick).


The day of the procedure, I woke up early. I had a few waffles plain. I shook a lot, and I was really scared. Still, the people at the clinic were really sweet. They gave me Mifepristone for the first part of the abortion, and sent me home with Misoprostol for the second part, antibiotics, and two perscriptions for pain medication and nausea medication. The first pill was painless, and didn’t cause any side effects.


24 hours later, it was time for the Misoprostol. Four pills, two in each cheek. After 20 minutes, I was vomitting. After a few more, the cramping began. Unreal cramping. I cried a lot. I basically screamed. I wont sugar coat it for you, it was extremely painful for about 30 minutes straight. I finally got myself up and put myself to bed, and texted my fiance, asking him to buy a heating pad. Within the next hour, I had my heating pad and I slipped into dreamless sleep.


Afterwards, the pain dulled within the next few days. I’m still bleeding, but the worst of it is over. Not once during this process did I feel regret. I just feel relief. I haven’t been able to trust anyone outside of myself and my fiance with this, because most of my family is very conservative regarding abortion.

✨Abortion is the only alternative to pregnancy✨

✨Adoption is an alternative for parenting, not pregnancy✨

✨Pregnant people have the right to make their own reproductive decisions✨

✨Life doesn’t begin at conception✨

✨Abortion should be legal at any time, for any reason, no matter what✨

Thoughts of a pro-choice mom

So four days ago I gave birth to the most awesome baby ever conceived (fight me on this, bitches) and we are both doing great. The way here was bumpy at times–three days of labor pains that brought us almost to delivery, followed by an emergency C-section when the fetus started doing badly–but I feel incredibly blessed and thankful for both the availability of the medical technology that saved us and the competent, humane care and support we received throughout.

And having experienced a significant portion of the two ways birth can happen, I think I can say with new confidence:

If you think someone, anyone, should be forced to give birth against their will, you are a bad person. Full stop. If you think it’s cool to make a person endure the torture of labor pains or major abdominal surgery against their will to bring another human being into the world, you are horrible and immoral and I will fight your detestable stance with the bitter conviction of lived experience.

Having become a mother myself, I now have even less patience with the “adoption is an alternative to abortion” crap. It includes every bit of the immorality of forced birth while also assuming that giving up a biological child is in any way the social, physical, or emotional equivalent of terminating a pregnancy.

I have known my baby for four days at this point, and the very thought of living without them sends my heartbeat skyrocketing and my soul into a panic. Such a separation would destroy me, and I know I would never be the same even if I were to rebuild in time. If you told me I should give up my child or that I should give you my child I would slap the shit out of you, and if you don’t think I have good reason you are not only heartless but oblivious. I have nothing but respect for birth parents who choose to make this brave sacrifice, and as with so much else the operative word is choose. Like childbirth itself, the decision to put a child up for adoption needs to be entirely willing and voluntary or it’s the worst form of exploitation.

So what makes anyone think “have your baby and give it up!” or “give me your child!” is an okay thing to say to someone considered “unfit” to parent? How could anyone think they have a right to treat someone as a means to provide a baby to another family? I’m ashamed for people who think it’s okay to take advantage of pregnant people’s vulnerability to demand an agonizing sacrifice for others’ gain. Seriously fuck you if you think this way.

Becoming a mother has made me more pro-choice than ever, and even more committed to reproductive rights than before. I am pro-family, pro-pregnant people, pro-children, and pro-parent. I am and remain pro-choice.

anonymous asked:

What would you do if someone close to you had been raped and became pregnant and decided they wanted an abortion? I'm just curious to know I don't mean this in a snarky way.

I’d support every aspect of their emotional and physical recovery, and offer them all the help I could whether that be financial or psychological or whatever.

I’d try and help them explore alternatives to abortion and if they still wanted an abortion then I wouldn’t support them with it. - Gabbie

ecofriendlyyou  asked:

Yeah I agree with what you answered I guess. But if they can't afford an abortion, couldn't they just give the kid up for adoption or even drop him off at a fire fighter department? There are other options is all, I'm just kind of on the fence about it. 😂😂 sorry if I'm annoying you!

If they can’t afford an abortion, do you think they can afford decent pre-natal care as well? :-/ Health care is a privilege, not a right in the United States.

Pregnancy has life long ramifications on a woman’s body. I was a crash c-section (which if you don’t know is an OMGWTFBBQ we need to cut this thing out NOW!!!). The way the c-section was performed caused my mom to have a hernia that needed surgical repair. The pregnancy with my sibling was high risk due to how the hernia was repaired back in the day and that c-section was delicately performed.

And these were for wanted pregnancies.

One of my friends had a fourth degree tear that damaged her anal sphincter and required almost immediate surgery.

That being said, not every pregnancy is catastrophic. But generally very few people come out of pregnancy with just some saggy skin and stretch marks.

Adoption is a tough issue. It’s not the happy ending story everyone thinks it is. Generally people want only a healthy, white infant. Not infants of color. In fact, African-American infants are often adopted by Canadians and Dutch citizens rather than American citizens.

There tends to be massive psychological issues with first parents and adoptees that isn’t talked about. It’s just starting to be talked about now.

And that doesn’t even take into account all the children that are currently in foster care waiting for their forever families.

Adoption is an alternative to parenting, not an alternative to abortion.

I support people who choose to give up their infants for adoption. But I want it to be their choice. We aren’t that far removed from the generation when pregnant people who weren’t deemed worthy to be parents were forced into maternity homes. Then they were forced to give up their infants to more “worthy” couples.

A really good resource on how things worked before Roe vs. Wade is a book called The Girls Who Went Away. It’s a very frank discussion of adoption, maternity homes, date rape, and “shot gun weddings” from the 1950s to 1970s. I do not want to see a return to those times. We are incredibly privileged that people can make the decisions regarding pregnancy, their bodies, and if they want to place the infant for adoption or not. It hasn’t always been the case. I fear with sweeping anti-abortion legislation we will be going back to the times of maternity homes and forced adoptions.

I over heard at the store today some guy complaining about paying child support. The thing that caught my attention, is that he had to pay child support, but he didn’t have any visitational rights. Essentially this man had to pay most of his check to provide for a kid that he isn’t even allowed to see. How fucked up is that? I guess my opinion isn’t really popular, but if you aren’t allowed to see your kid ever, then you shouldn’t have to pay child support. And another add on to that, if you want out of raising that kid anytime before the end of the second semester: a woman should legally have to tell the male she is pregnant when she finds out, then he can sign some sort of legal document saying he has no right to the kid at all and the female cannot force him to pay for it. Think of it like the male alternative to abortion.

anonymous asked:

whats evil about pregnancy crisis centers? my understanding is that they help people who are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy have abortions/find alternatives, which is... important? if you don't want to answer this then don't. I've never dealt with them and don't know what you've gone through. thank you

None of them are neutral in helping incredibly vulnerable people in making a decision that will impact their life forever i.e. their vested interest is in doing whatever it takes to get you to carry to term i.e. they’re manipulative and predatory and take advantage of being more accessible to most than clinics are + the one I went to showed me pictures of dead fetuses until I was crying and that is astoundingly common.