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14 years in prison. In Ireland you face 14 years in prison for having an abortion. Even in the case of rape. Incest. Foetal abnormalities to the point its not even viable outside the womb. Women like Savita Halappanavar have died in hospital beds from blood poisoning because doctors refused to remove the septic foetus because it still had a heartbeat. We’re expected, honestly expected to die a dignified christian death along with a foetus or face 14 years in prison. A reported 12 of us travel to England every DAY seeking safe abortion. So what of those who can’t travel, can’t afford to or are unable to sneak away? I’m in full support of whatever strikes happen across the country. Why did they even bother closing the Laundries if they’re still going to hold our bodies hostage.

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Mass grave of babies and children found at Tuam care home in Ireland | World news | The Guardian

I’m not fucking around - reblog this. As we march the streets, demanding bodily autonomy and access to reproductive rights, for our lives to be valued as more than a vessel for carrying children, we are met by arguments proclaiming the preciousness of life, how we’re murderers, how we are trying to play God.

Our bodies are policed by the Catholic Church, in which these arguments are echoed and used as a weapon against us in legislation. We are condemned for getting abortions, even in the most dire of circumstances. It is against Catholic values, and downright immoral, in the eyes of the church.

As news broke today of 796 human child remains, ranging from 35 weeks to 3 years old, dumped into the ground and in septic tanks by the Bons Secours order in the Tuam Mother and Baby home, it seems like a slap in the face. The same people that impede our human rights by waving the morality flag in our faces and willing us to ‘love them both’, have long exercised a horrendous practice of taking woman from their families, god forbid they fall pregnant in the wrong circumstances, abusing them behind closed doors, and taking their babies off them for good. What they did with those babies, as we’ve seen today, seems a hell of a lot more immoral than a person seeking safe abortion of their own accord, and for their own reasons.

DO NOT sleep on this. We can’t afford to ignore yet another scandal the Catholic Church have tried and failed to cover up. They protest in favour of life, unless that life falls outside of their standards.

In a country, where the national broadcaster has the gall to air the angelus before the 6 o'clock news while a story like this is breaking, and then not make the SEVEN HUNDRED AND NINETY SIX HUMAN CHILD REMAINS the lead story, yet condemns ME for looking for reproductive rights and not cherishing every life? I can’t sit by and watch the world not realise what is going on in Ireland.

Please, for goodness sake, reblog this. Be aware of this. We can’t let this go on any longer. Read this story, be aware of what the magdalene laundries and the mother and baby homes did to these people under the guise of the Catholic Church.

Stand in solidarity with the people of Ireland on March 8th. This story broke at a pivotal point in the fight for reproductive rights, and we have to look at the people who want to shut it down and see the Church for the immoral scumbags they truly are.

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Guess Which 4 Groups Would Be Disproportionately Hurt by "Defunding" Planned Parenthood
Hint: It’s not the old, rich, white men, trying to shut Planned Parenthood down.

Legislation to “defund” Planned Parenthood will hit  people who rely on federal insurance and public health programs. That’s largely people who already face barriers to  accessing health care as people with low incomes, people of color, people who live in rural areas — who make up the majority of Planned Parenthood’s patients. Meanwhile, the impact of “defunding” Planned Parenthood on people in the LGBT community and whose identities intersect would be particularly acute.

So, it’s anti-abortion politicians like these who want to take basic health care away from people like these.

Impact of “Defund” on People With Low Incomes

With the aim of shutting Planned Parenthood down completely, national “defund” legislation would close health center doors to at least 60% of Planned Parenthood’s patients — those who use public programs like Medicaid (the government-funded insurance plan for people with low incomes) and Title X (the government-funded family planning program, which helps people with low incomes).

Of course, public programs are already prohibited from covering abortion. “Defunding” keeps people who use public programs from getting preventive reproductive and sexual health services like birth control, STD tests, breast cancer screenings, and family planning education at Planned Parenthood health centers. Many of these patients couldn’t get these services anywhere else — and, like we said, many of them are people with low incomes, people of color, and people who live in rural areas.

Impact of “Defund” on People of Color

People of color in the U.S. are less able to access quality health care due to the intersecting consequences of racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, and other systemic barriers. So, they’re more likely to rely on federally funded programs to access health care.

The Black Community

“Defunding” Planned Parenthood would be devastating to Black communities. Key points:

  • Of the 2.5 million people who rely on Planned Parenthood for health care every year, 370,000 identify as African American or Black.
  • Among nonelderly Americans on Medicaid, 11 million are Black.

If they were prevented from accessing Planned Parenthood, many Black patients would have no other place to go for the services Planned Parenthood provides.

This harmful legislation wouldn’t just keep Black patients from getting care – it would undermine their ability to obtain full reproductive freedom. Too often, Planned Parenthood is the only health care provider many patients access. That means their care is more than just reproductive health services – Planned Parenthood connects patients with resources to improve other areas of their lives.

The Latino Community

“Defunding” Planned Parenthood would be devastating to the Latino community. Key points:

  • Around 575,000 Latinos come to Planned Parenthood health centers annually (nearly a quarter of Planned Parenthood’s patients).
  • Among the nonelderly Americans on Medicaid, 18 million are Latino.
  • If they were prevented from accessing Planned Parenthood, Latino patients may have no other place to go for the services it provides.

Planned Parenthood sees patients regardless of immigration status and is one of the only places undocumented people can turn to for care. Given that the majority of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are Latino, “defunding” legislation would have a disproportionate impact on them.

What’s more, “defunding” would put two crucial Planned Parenthood programs at risk of disappearing: Raíz, which helps Latinos access health care and sex education, and Promotores de Salud, which brings reproductive health education into Latino homes and community-gathering locations.

Impact of “Defund” on People in Rural Areas

If patients who rely on public programs are blocked from care at Planned Parenthood, many would have nowhere else to go. There simply aren’t enough other reproductive health care providers out there. In areas where other providers do exist, many don’t take patients who rely on public health programs. Key points:

  • 21% of counties have no safety-net family planning alternative should their local Planned Parenthood health center close.
  • More than half of Planned Parenthood’s health centers are located in rural and underserved communities.
  • More than two thirds of states already report difficulty ensuring enough providers for Medicaid.
  • Providers of ob-gyn care who accept Medicaid, such as Planned Parenthood, are in particularly short supply.

Impact of “Defund” on the LGBTQ Community

“Defunding” Planned Parenthood also would negatively impact LGBTQ health. Members of the LGBT community face greater health challenges than their heterosexual peers because of stigma and discrimination. People in the LGBTQ community who also are people of color, or have low incomes, or who live in rural areas — or whose identities intersect — have even more obstacles to reproductive health services. For example, LGBTQ people of color face particularly high rates of discrimination from medical providers, and systemic harassment.

Planned Parenthood understands that LGBTQ people have the right to safe abortion services, access to contraceptives, STD testing and a range of other health services free from stigma, discrimination or coercion. Losing Planned Parenthood would lose this safe space for LGBTQ people seeking basic health care.

Say It Loud: #IStandWithPP

If anti-abortion politicians “defund” Planned Parenthood, shut down its health centers, and block its 2.5 million patients from care, a national health disaster would ensue — and the groups mentioned in this blog would be hurt the most. Take a stand against cutting them off from care. Take action to stand with Planned Parenthood and its patients!

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Bans like this are based in right-wing lies and won’t stop abortion, just make them less safe. When news outlets report on this, they should be explaining that fact.

As someone who may never be able to have my own biological children, I will fight for a woman’s choice to have an abortion.

Yes, even if she’s wealthy.

Yes, even if she is married.

Yes, even if she’s of a healthy child bearing age.

Yes, even if she’s in a loving and healthy relationship.

Yes, even though it was her choice to have sex in the first place.

Yes, even if she chose to have unprotected sex.

Yes, even if she’s a sex worker.

All of this goes for people who are pregnant, but not a woman, as well.

If you’re pregnant and don’t want to be, you should have access to comfortable and safe abortions.

There have been speeches, chants and protest anthems, both soulful and scathing — but as the masses have rallied and marched against President Trump’s policies over the past two weeks, it is the signs they carried that are being stamped into memory.

Protesters turned Trump’s own words against him, with their “Nasty Woman” banners and flaunting signs that declared “This p—- grabs back.” They scorned his seemingly cozy relationship with Russia: “Tinkle tinkle little czar, Putin made you what you are.” They mocked his appearance: “We Shall Overcomb” and “Hands too small to build a wall.” They found many different ways to reject his authority:

Not my President

Not my Führer

Not my Comrade

Not my Cheeto

With a pithy mix of humor and combativeness, this is protest art for the social-media era. While many kept their messages serious and straightforward — “Refugees Welcome,” “Keep Abortion Safe and Legal” — it was the new breed of signage that went viral long after the crowds dispersed. Gaining wide circulation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or various “best protest signs” listicles, they reached a vast audience that never went near a march or rally.

Read more here: Today’s protest signs are sharper, meaner, funnier — and live on long after the rallies

You don’t need to prove that you have ‘good reasons’ to get an abortion. 

You don’t need to meet the standards of others before getting your abortion.

If you want an abortion you deserve a safe procedure, free from judgement and restrictions, end of story. 

CAN YOU GUYS DO SOMETHING FOR ME? PRO-CHOICERS PLEASE!!!

My Classmate wants to educate people on being Pro-Choice to the conservatives of Texas. She wants the to be REALLY impactful but She is giving up hope. She wants to stop botched abortions and help Planned Parent Hood have a good name and not be defunded.

HERE IS THE LINK https://twitter.com/WeFightTheWire

WHAT YOU CNA DO TO HELP HER SPREAD THE WORD AND HELP HER.

  • FOLLOW HER (IT WOULD REALLY SHOW THAT YOU WOUDL CARE AND WATCH OVER HER AND IF SHE EVER GOT HATE YOU WOULD DEFEND HER WITH FACTS. )
  • LINK HER ARTICLES TO SHOW PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND ABORTIONS ARE NEEDED AND SAFE AND THE AGENDA THAT PEOPLE WHO GET ABORTIONS ARE NOT BAD BUT NEEDED FOR THEIR SAFETY AND HEALTH. 
  • PROMO ON YOUR OWN TWITTER AND NEVER SPEAK OF IT AGAIN IS ALSO OK! SOMEONE MAY DO ALL OF THE ABOVE FOR YOU.

or

  • @ HER AND TELL HER SHE CAN DO IT! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON’T LET HER BELIEVE SHE NEEDS TO NOT FUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND FEEL BAD. HELP HER REALIZE WHAT SHE IS DOING IS A DENT IN OPPRESSION

Reblog this! Oh please I beg of you for what you stand for to help women in these trying times I beg of you oh god please reblog!

THANK YOU! 

A few facts about sex, pregnancy, and childbirth for writers who use historical settings

Note: These facts focus primarily on Christianized American and European culture. Before applying a fact to a culture outside of that sphere, it’d be a good idea to check.

  • Reliable birth control didn’t exist until the late 1800s, but it didn’t become accessible outside of the very wealthy and well-connected until the 1910s in Europe and 1920s in the US (and even later in other parts of the world). These “reliable methods” were all variants of the cervical cup, the ancestor to the diaphragm.
  • Despite the fact the rhythm method/natural family planning requires no technology other than a calendar, it was developed after the cervical cap. The reason is that it took doctors a very long time to figure out that a) women were least fertile during menstruation, b) women ovulated exactly once per menstrual cycle, c) ovulation tends to happen at approximately the same time relative to menstrual periods. The rhythm method was first promoted in 1930 by a Dutch doctor.
  • Along with there not being reliable birth control until recently, safe abortion was nonexistent (unless you count that particular plant in ancient Rome that died out, but I’ll pass that one by). A desperate woman wouldn’t have to look hard to find someone who could perform an abortion, but her chances of surviving weren’t great, and her chances of having another baby afterwards were slim.
  • Because women didn’t have an explanation for how exactly pregnancy started until the 1920s (when two doctors discovered independently that ovulation tends to happen at the same time relative to the menstrual cycle), women generally didn’t know when they’d gotten pregnant or when they were likely to give birth. All the historical medical manuals are extremely vague on pregnancy milestones for this reason. Additionally, many women didn’t consider themselves truly pregnant until the “quickening” around five months. This was due to several factors, inconsistent timing among them, but also because miscarriages were pretty common and other medical conditions (including stress) could cause symptoms that could make a woman think she was pregnant.
  • The vast majority of women over the course of history had no risk of being treated “like an invalid” during pregnancy. Pregnancy was considered a normal, healthy part of a woman’s life, something that would happen many times during her youth and middling years. It wasn’t a time to take it easy; in fact, early medical manuals stress that being active during pregnancy is a good thing that produces healthy, strong babies.
  • Until the 1960s/1970s, labor and delivery was a woman-only zone (with the possible exception of a male doctor). The father would either be outside, at the neighbors’, at the pub…but he would definitely be nowhere near the delivery room during the birth, because he’d just be in the way…probably literally, in most cases, because most women gave birth in their houses, and your average woman–a farmer’s wife, or a craftsman’s wife–wouldn’t have a large room to give birth in. Instead, a woman would expect her friends to come support her, women who’d already survived childbirth, and perhaps her mother if she lived nearby. Having the father attend the birth of his child didn’t become a thing until women started giving birth in hospitals where there’s space for the father to stand (and, arguably, the fact that women were less likely to live near enough for their mothers to be there).
  • Unless a woman was having a doctor attending her birth, she most likely would have given birth in a standing or squatting position, possibly using a birthing stool (a special chair without a seat for the baby to descend through). Lying on one’s back didn’t pop up as a birthing position until doctors became regular attendees to labor, because it mean the doctor wouldn’t have to get on the floor to examine the progress of labor.
  • It wasn’t labor that was the biggest danger to expectant women; it was postpartum infection, better known as “childbed fever” historically. These infections were usually caused by birth attendants having bacteria-ridden hands and tended to kill within two weeks of birth. Doctors knew it was transferred via midwife and doctor even as early as the 1790s, but it wasn’t understood why until germ theory became accepted. It couldn’t be treated until antibiotics were introduced in the 1930s.

[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.

Throughout his career, Dr. George Tiller was threatened, harassed, attacked, and finally murdered because he offered compassionate abortion care. His medical center was firebombed in June 1986. He was shot five times in his arms in August 1993. He was shot in the head in May 2009 while serving as an usher at Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kan., his home congregation. He died for his faith that God loves those of us who have abortions. He died a martyr.

Dr. Tiller was vilified for his beliefs for decades, and he remained true to his calling. He didn’t see a division between his faith and his vocation. He was serving on the board of directors of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice at the time of his murder; the American flag that draped his coffin adorns RCRC’s conference room as a holy relic. Dr. Tiller worked tirelessly to ensure abortion-seekers knew they were safe in the deep love God has for them.

I thank God for Dr. Tiller.

Dr. Willie Parker similarly provides compassionate abortion care as a matter of faith. Dr. Parker, like Dr. Tiller, has been the target of harassment. Dr. Parker also serves on RCRC’s board. He says that he is occasionally asked by women, “Will God forgive me for killing my baby?” God’s love for those of us seeking abortion is a great source of strength. Dr. Parker is there to ensure they hear a message of compassion.

I thank God for Dr. Parker.

Every day doctors, nurses, medical assistants, abortion doulas, and receptionists risk their lives to make sure that those of us seeking an abortion are met with compassion and love.

I thank God for abortion providers.

Yet, shame is always at the door. Shame stands outside the clinics shouting obscenities. Shame kills new health care workers’ ambitions to provide compassionate abortion care. Shame whispers in the ears of doctors telling them they are not needed.

Despite shame’s best efforts, the spirit of compassion calls healthcare workers to selflessly serve patients. The spirit of justice sustains them as they endure harassment. The spirit of abundance provides us with such caring and dedicated professionals, whose work helps heal lives and the world.

So, thank God for the important ministries abortion providers offer. Thank God for the compassion they show those of us seeking abortions. Thank God for the martyrs. Thank God for their courage. Thank God for abortion providers.

—  “Thank God For Abortion Providers” by Rev. Harry Knox, President of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice