abortion is our right

Today, we lost one of the most important people for French women. Simone Veil was a holocaust survivor and fought for our right to abort and get access to contraception. I’ve looked up to her as a child, a teenager and a young adult.
She passed away at 89.

We’ll miss you. Thank you for fighting for our rights ❤️

Today we resist. We stand in solidarity with the women who have lost their lives on hospital beds because doctors have refused to remove a septic foetus because it still has a heartbeat. We stand with the thousands of women who have to travel to the UK every year to have an abortion because they face a 14 year prison sentence if they have one at home. We stand together, tall, against those who do not allow us the rights to our own bodies.

With all the new information released about Tuam, we must resist now more than ever against the Catholic Church. They have the audacity to control our bodies, to forbid us our right of abortion when they have murdered over 796 infants and dumped their bodies in a septic tank.

We stand for our foremothers who were forced into the Laundries and Mother and Baby homes, who never had even the choice of travel, whose babies were ripped from their arms and never seen again.

Today we stand for women all over the country who deserve better.

Repeal.

I’m so cautious of pro choice men because so many of them think the “choice” in question should be their choice. I know a woman who was beaten by her boyfriend and his friends because she refused to have an abortion- he literally tried to force her to miscarry because she wouldn’t do what he wanted.

These men may pretend they support our rights, but they don’t. For them, abortion is another way to control our reproductive capabilities. Conservative and liberal misogyny are different “brands” but they’re misogyny all the same.

PSA from an Irish person to an American interested in Irish culture

I recently made this post in reply to an American interested in Irish polytheism, who was concerned about stepping on the toes of cultural issues. It will not be received as well here as it was in the original post, but maybe it’s worth posting here, too. Similar feelings were echoed from other Irish folk who responded, so I’m not the only one feeling this way.

Please note that I think the war against reproductive rights in America is horrendous and this rant I went on was NOT an attempt to diminish the importance of Planned Parenthood and the other troubles you guys are having. It’s more a tired pointing out that our issues are similar, but our voice over here is way, way smaller. As I say below - a huge portion of you don’t know the extent of our struggles, but still heavily romanticise our country. Please remove the rose tinted glasses and read on.

“… I won’t lie. A part of me gets pissed off every time I see an American claiming Irishness. I do my best to fight that feeling because I mostly think it’s a knee-jerk reaction. And don’t let my feelings put you off, OP, but it’d be cool if you could listen to why I have them.

There’s a lot of awful white Americans in particular who claim Irish heritage and pride and shit with minimal ancestoral ties or genuine interest, and it’s very often a weak ass excuse for racism - we’ve all seen some of that first hand, most likely. Being tarred with that paint is highly unpleasant.

I’ve also seen monster amounts of people claiming mastery of the Irish language to the point of correcting people who’ve actually grown up with it, all after spending a few hours in duolingo, lol. Nothing gets on my nuts more than being corrected on my own language or history. Don’t be one of those guys, please.

I have family who live in America and they literally knew nothing about anything to do with over here until we got talking. They didn’t know we had a language or independence or anything to do with our history, because of course they didn’t. Similarly I don’t know which state is where because I wasn’t taught it. Ireland has a vile history, and Irish people (particularly the women) are STILL suffering because of archaic laws and social injustice. I had to tell my family about Tuam to explain why I was so angry with the Catholic Church. One of them nearly vomited.

Please care about our injustices if you’re going to have ties here. It is so, so frustrating to witness scores of Americans viewing over here as some sort of sanctuary and coming for a visit like a pilgrimage, and stay 100% ignorant of our current issues that we need support in, then go home and protest the potential defunding of PP in some states, when we’ve literally never had access to abortion rights here, ever, when more than 90% of our schools and 100% of our hospitals are still owned by the Catholic Church. This country is not a sanctuary from whatever madness you’re dealing with over there. We’re not more in touch, we’re not more spiritual, we’re not more Pagan. Don’t idolise this craphole, please. We have so much work to do and we need help from allies who want to be part of here. Please do not stay ignorant of our troubles just because your country is bigger.

This got long, this got political, this got angry. I am angry. I hate it here, TBH. But I am mostly very very tired of not being listened to and asked how the potatoes are coming along.”

Our right to abortion—the ability to make autonomous decisions about our bodies—is not a matter of personal or political belief. It is a right. For over 40 years, the Constitution has protected our right to safe and legal abortion. Whoever assumes the role of justice on the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, will face the charge of protecting this fundamental right, today, tomorrow and for generations to come.

We stand united with the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and allies across the country protecting your reproductive rights.

Feminism isn’t supposed to be easy or fun or inclusive of everybody. It was made for the liberation of females, women who experience sex based oppression. Women who don’t owe you anything, least of all a place in our movement. Women are constantly being walked over, used and overused for people’s emotional labour, taken advantage of in so many ways, but we don’t owe you anything. We don’t owe you space in our movement, this isn’t a game, it’s not supposed to be fun, it’s not supposed to be entertaining or amusing. We are fighting for our lives, our bodies and our choices. We are fighting for our existences to mean more than being sex objects, emotional bins, stepping stones on the way to the next phase in your life. We do not owe you space in our movement. This is about women and our issues. The right to choose abortion, the right to education, to easy access to menstruation products, to birth control, to refuse marriage, to prioritize education, to our word meaning something in our own assaults, to having loving relationships within ourselves and not being grossly hypersexualized, to having dark hairy pits and legs and eyebrows and not getting ostracized for our natural bodies, to raising awareness on females specific problems, because that is what feminism is for. It is not a party, it is not meant to be for everyone. People exploit the fact that women are socialized to be nurturing and put people before ourselves, make ourselves smaller, take up less space but we need to assert ourselves. This movement is not for you. It is not about you. It is for women. It is about our bloody periods, our hairy vulvas, our wombs that don’t seem to belong to us with all legislation being made by men. We don’t need any more men to intrude our movement, we already have them ruining our lives outside of it.

anonymous asked:

Okay i m sorry i know it's old af and i m not tryna start shit lmao but i just would like to know why you support the international women day ? Like just know why you think it's good ? I, as a female hate this shit and i think it's a very stupid and hypocritical celebration day

lmao.

the first c-section to be performed in england was done in the 1880s by a woman…who had to fake her identity as a male to become a doctor. the first astronauts, who were white men, were sent to space by a group of incredibly talented and intelligent black women…who are only receiving praise for it recently. that was in the 1960s. you can thank madame curie for so many of our scientific discoveries. hillary clinton is the reason transgender people can change their gender identities on legal documents, which she didn’t even take any public credit for (y’all still wanna attack her for some “emails”, though, bc she’s clearly “just as bad” as trump…and those “emails” wouldn’t even matter if she was a man, bc mike pence is getting away w/ using his personal email as we speak).

but it doesn’t really matter, right? because asian women still make only 90% of what every man makes…and that’s the highest women:men pay ratio, not even coming close to the ratio between latinas and men, which is nearly 1:2. and how about the double standards? a man who sleeps w/ several women is a stud, a woman who sleeps around is a slut.

how about the fact that the american government wants to take away a woman’s right to abort? how about how our current president is under investigation for the rape of a 13 y/o girl and blatantly believes it’s alright to “grab a woman by the pussy”? that the majority of female (and male) rape victims are terrified to come forward for the fear of being told they were “asking for it” or “lying for attention”, and our society 100% supports it, bc brock turner is a free man?

I could go on for days, but if you think it’s a “stupid and hypocritical celebration day”, you are clearly very ignorant and need to learn some female-appreciation. girls who don’t care about female rights and ambition make me very sad. I don’t think you disliking international women’s day makes you a bad person by any stretch or means, but if you don’t know why we need a day of celebration for women, I am disappointed. but to be honest, I’m even more disappointed that you even have to ask what my opinion on it is.

find them, fool them, forget them

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robert comes face to face with the mistakes he’s made in the past when rebecca is pushed to her breaking point.

thank you to @sapphicsugden for convincing me to post this and generally being the best!



Of course it was fire.

It was always fire with him, wasn’t it? He was tied to a kitchen chair in Home Farm, Rebecca irate and pointing a lighter at him, threatening to set the kitchen alight, the surfaces apparently drenched in petrol.

Robert barely bit back a comment about how she wasn’t even creative enough to come up with her how method of scaring the shit out of him, copying the same thing Chrissie had done to him years previous.

Sarcasm, he decided, would probably make his position even more precarious. He’d only come to Home Farm because she’d left him about a thousand text messages, wanting to make it clear that she needed to leave him and Aaron alone.

After everything she’d done, she needed to just leave them be.

He’d only made it in the front door when she’d clocked him across the back of the head with a heavy decorative clock. Robert remembered feeling shocked before he’d collapsed to the floor, out for the count.

He wasn’t sure how long it had been since he’d woken up, but his head was banging and there was blood all over his shirt, staining the light blue material a bright red. He hoped it wasn’t too serious, hoped it was just a graze.

Maybe he was concussed, the world a bit fuzzy as he squinted at her, trying to work out how exactly Rebecca had gone from being pissed off with him, to entirely unhinged.

“Bex -“

“Shut up!” Rebecca turned on him, a wild look in her eyes as she shouted. “I need to think, Robert, shut up.”

“It doesn’t have to be like this.” Robert didn’t want to shut up, didn’t want to leave this all to chance. “Rebecca, you can just let me go - I’ll walk away and no one has to know, yeah?”

“It’s too late for that.” Rebecca shook her head, tears welling up in her eyes as she spoke. “It’s too late for that now. I’ve got - I’ve got to do something, I’ve got to.”

Robert swallowed nervously. “Is hurting me going to make you feel better?” he asked quietly, wondering if this was finally karma coming back to bite him. He’d never been a particularly good person, he’d caused Rebecca, and countless other people so much pain, so much heartache - Chrissie, Aaron, Katie.

Maybe this was karma. This was the universe finally saying enough was enough, and it’s your turn to be the one getting hurt, Robert Sugden.

“I loved you.” Rebecca said tearfully, slumping into another of the kitchen chairs. “Robert, I loved you so much, and I would have given you anything. Why did you chose Chrissie? Why couldn’t you have just loved me? We’d have been happy together, we would have.”

Robert didn’t know what to say, how to answer. The truth would only make her worse, wouldn’t it? He’d only ever been attracted to the fun, adventurous side of Rebecca, the side of her that was prone to sneaky hotel getaways and secret hookups in nightclub bathrooms, distracting each other from the monotony of life with the Whites.

It had never been serious, not for him. Robert knew he should have stopped it when he realised Rebecca was starting to have feelings for him, but he was selfish, and he enjoyed the thrill of it all too much to give a second thought to her feelings.

To give a second thought to how it might all come back to bite him.

Robert felt the press of his wedding ring against his skin, on the verge of tears himself as he thought about Aaron. Aaron, his husband, the love of his life, the man who’d forgiven him it all.

Forgiven him more than he ever deserved to be forgiven.

If he didn’t get out of this, if Rebecca lost it entirely, and he never saw Aaron again, well - Robert didn’t want to think about it. He didn’t want to think about what it would do to Aaron, or Vic, or Liv, didn’t want to think about how his life could be ripped away from him before he even got much of a chance to enjoy it.

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[Picture of a black sign saying “796 dead babies is everyone’s business, the cells in my womb is not”]

Referencing both the Tuam Baby nightmare and our fight for the right to abortion in Ireland for the Strike4Repeal gathering tomorrow.

People would rather stop others accessing safe abortion than put an effort into seeking justice for children murdered by the Catholic Church and the Irish government.

jason-sxy-todd  asked:

Hi, I was looking through your blog and it made me curious: I personally don't really know what I believe. Like on one hand I believe that unborn babies are alive as soon as their heart starts beating separate from it's mother's heart. But at the same time, I feel like woman should have that right to choose. I guess what I'm asking is if I am a traditional feminist with prolife values, then where is the middle ground? I'm open minded so you wont scare me away with any of your controversial views

Hi! Thanks for contacting me!

I can definitely see how that can be confusing. First, I want to clarify what you’re saying about the biology of when life begins. Human life actually starts before the heart starts beating - otherwise, how could a heart grow if there was no living, growing, developing organism? At fertilization, a new member of the human species exists with its own genetic code and its own developmental path totally distinct from that of the mother. The mother’s body supplies nutrients and oxygen, but her blood never mixes with her child’s (many mothers and children have different blood types) and her heart does not beat for the child. Starting at fertilization, the child’s cells are growing, dividing, and differentiating to develop the various systems of the body (nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, etc). The heartbeat begins when the cardiovascular system develops to the point that it needs a pumping heart to distribute nutrients, hormonal signals, and oxygen to the various cells. This happens after about 3 weeks (18-22 days) of life and development within this new organism.

That said, most women don’t know they’re pregnant until around the time the heart starts beating (4-6 weeks after their last menstrual period), so in the majority of cases a child who is intentionally aborted has a beating heart.

Now let’s talk about choice. We all make choices every day. We choose what to wear, what to eat, what to study in school, what to do for a living, and so on. We can also make choices that directly affect other people. All of our choices have consequences, whether those consequences are good, bad, or neutral.

Every law we have restricts our choices in some way. Traffic laws restrict how we operate our cars. Taxes restrict how we spend our money. Regulations restrict how we run businesses. We may debate whether or not these laws are necessary or justified. Other laws, like laws against stealing or killing, restrict choices that would directly harm other people. Most of us can agree that these laws are both justified and necessary for a functioning and peaceful society. If we wanted complete freedom of choice, that would be anarchy. Any government that exists restricts your choices in some way.

The question, then, is whether it is necessary and/or justified to restrict a woman’s choice to have an abortion. To me, the answer to that question lies in whether an abortion directly harms another person. If it does not, then restrictions on abortion would fall into the category of government regulations that are highly debatable and probably an unjustified or unnecessary restriction of our right to choose. If, however, abortion does directly and intentionally harm another person, then a restriction or ban on abortion would fall into the category of laws against stealing or killing, and would therefore be both justified and necessary.

I believe the latter is true. Like you, I believe that abortion kills a living human being. Therefore, our law that already exists banning the intentional and premeditated killing of human beings should also protect preborn human beings. That is, we shouldn’t need a law against abortion. We just need to include preborn human beings as people protected by the law.

This still leaves women with a lot of choices. I just don’t believe anyone has the right to kill another person except in a self-defense situation (which does not describe pregnancy).

Now, I don’t consider myself a feminist. Largely, this is because I don’t want to be associated with what the modern feminist movement has become. However, there are many pro-life feminists who have found a way to balance a concern for women’s rights and welfare with a concern for the lives of the preborn. In fact, many will say that the two can actually go hand-in-hand.

I recommend checking out the following organizations for more on how you can be pro-life and feminist:

Feminists for Life

Feminists for Nonviolent Choices

New Wave Feminists

Secular Pro-Life

Life Matters Journal (@lifemattersjournal)

I know this was a really long answer to your question, so let me know if you need me to clarify anything or if you have any questions! I’m happy to continue this conversation as long as you want to.

I’m tired. I’m so fucking tired of having to talk about abortion. All of the information is out there. Every pro choice argument completely crushes and obliterates pro life arguments into dust. 70% of Americans support abortion rights. Women deserve rights to our own bodies. This bill was passed how many years ago. I feel like we’re going back 70 years. Why do we still have to talk about this.
Im so over it

Absolutely the truth. 

We shouldn’t be defending Planned Parenthood by saying, “Only 3% of their services are abortion services.” Even if all Planned Parenthood did was abortions, it would still be legal, it would still be our right, and it would still be defensible.

If you think “no uterus, no opinion” as a rallying cry for abortion rights is invalidating your existence, you don’t give two shits about abortion rights. That is the entire point of the rallying cry. I’m not telling you not to have an opinion on wage gaps.

And given that abortion rights are one of the cornerstones of owning our own bodies, you don’t give a shit about women’s rights either.

If you think “no uterus, no opinion” is “cissexist”, take a seat and please read about every death caused by unsafe abortions and traumatic pregnancies. By anyone’s rules, it includes all people who can get pregnant. It doesn’t even identify us as women, isn’t that what the push is always for?

I’ll never forget when someone said to me that “trans women are allowed to be anti-abortion, because they wanted wombs and childbirth and they don’t like others throwing away that gift”. It was one of the most creepy and entitled statements I’ve ever heard. “I can’t birth a child so you have to?”

Trans women’s opinions on abortion are just as invasive and inappropriate as cis men’s.