contraception!

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This video is fucking perfect. Thank you Center for Reproductive Rights for making this unbelievably important video.

anonymous asked:

Hi I need some help. I am pro choice but today people were saying that women who have 2 or 3 abortions just because they are an inconvenience and haven't used the contraception. And I don't know how to argue it back you know? Like I feel so lost

51% of people who get abortions were using some form of contraception in the month that they got pregnant. While yes, some people do have abortions because they didn’t use contraceptives, many do and still wind up pregnant. The effectiveness of contraceptives decreases with typical use because most people do not use them 100% effectively for a variety of reasons (poor sex ed comes to mind immediately). Even with perfect use, pregnancy can still occur. There are some people who cannot use certain types of common contraceptives due to allergy. The abortion as birth control line is nonsense because the cost of an abortion is far, far higher than that of contraceptives, not to mention the time and hassle involved in attaining an abortion. It is extremely unlikely that there are many people who commonly shun comparatively cheap contraceptives because they figure they’ll just have an abortion if they become pregnant.

All of this aside, it still remains no one’s business how many abortions another person has. If these people that you’re talking to are so concerned about it, ask them if they’re out there campaigning for low-cost or free contraceptives and better sex ed to reduce the number of people who become pregnant while trying to protect themselves. When long term, no hassle IUDs were given to Colorado people over six years, teen birth rates dropped by 40% and teen abortions dropped by 42%. It would seem to me that advocating for programs like this one would do a lot more good than sitting around criticising people.
-V

I agree that Lily aborting her baby now would send a terrible message and I’m pretty sure that is not going to happen (because as annoying as the writers sometimes are I think they are trying to do good here and change the way people think) but I found it very irritating that it wasn’t discussed before finding out about the DS. TV shows always have pregnancies happen to young people that are completely unprepared (I’m sure because it creates more drama) and then take abortion off the table and it is gross. (It’s also gross that they almost always have the characters exclaim “but we were careful HOW” because hey contraception works most of the time.) Lily didn’t explicitly say she didn’t want the baby but I think her worries about not being financially able to raise it and in general the fact that she felt zero happiness and was miserably crying in a bathroom about how awful it was are reasons enough to consider it (and say the word.)

People with disabilities are valuable and deserve to exist. Girls are valuable and deserve to exist (some countries have had to pass laws forbidding sex selective abortion because people only want boys.) I understand these discussions and laws are happening because these people have less of a chance of being chosen to live and need people to fight for them more. But I get concerned because then why not “a person is valuable and deserves to exist. Any person” and then we’re back at pro life.

I guess I more wish it was illegal to provide any information on the sex of someone’s baby or any disabilities the baby might have. Which is probably not feasible because I’m sure those screenings need to be done for basic health purposes too, but even if the doctors can’t help but find out this info, why does that mean the parents should be entitled to it? It should be “do you want a CHILD” - male, female, possibly with some disability - and if the answer is that any of that would make you not want to have the child, don’t fucking have it. But you don’t get to know ahead of time.

Because you don’t anyway. No matter how many tests you have, you could easily end up having a child that in some way displeases you and end up treating them like shit, even if you don’t intend to, even in a subtle way over their entire lifetime that makes them confused and desperate and self hating.

So make sure you’re ready for fucking anything and being decent about it. And this is why I think many many many more people should pass on having children than do - because I think most of them are hoping for a cute little mini copy of themselves and are not prepared for anything else or having to adjust. This is why so many people have terrible childhoods and are miserable.

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Bernie Sanders: ‘Family values’ is Republican code for ‘let’s control women’s bodies’
At a rally in Littleton, New Hampshire on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) took aim at a longstanding Republican talking point, "family values." "Many of my Republican colleagues who come through New Hampshire and Iowa and so forth," said the

At a rally in Littleton, New Hampshire on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) took aim at a longstanding Republican talking point, “family values.”

“Many of my Republican colleagues who come through New Hampshire and Iowa and so forth,” said the 2016 Democratic nomination hopeful in video shot by Holly Owsianik, “they often talk about family values.”

“They just loooove families,” he quipped. “But all of you know what they mean by family values. And what they mean by family values is that the women of this country should not have the right to control their own bodies. I disagree.”

“What they mean by family values is that women are not smart enough to be able to purchase the contraceptives they need,” he continued. “I disagree.”

“And furthermore, what they mean by family values is that our gay brothers and sisters should not be able to get married or enjoy the other benefits of the American legal system. I disagree,” said Sanders as the crowd at the Littleton Opera House cheered uproariously.

He said of his family and campaign, “We believe in strong families, but our view’s just a little bit different than our Republican friends.”

“When we talk about family values,” he said, “what we mean is the United States should end the international embarrassment of being the only major country on Earth that does not guarantee family and medical leave to all of our families.”


Bernie’s right.

h/t: David Ferguson at The Raw Story

anonymous asked:

Hello, sorry if this is in the FAQs but I'm on mobile (any way you can link the FAQs in your description?) and this deals with sort of an urgent situation: are there any laws regarding how old you have to be to buy a pregnancy test or the abortion pill? I really hope you get a moment to answer this, thank you.

In the United States you can be any age when buying a pregnancy test.  If they’re behind glass or plastic at the pharmacy you go to, just find someone who works there and say, “Hi, can you help me get a product out from behind the glass?” And then just point to/ask for the pregnancy test.  Take it up to the cashier and pay for it.  You may feel embarrassed or scared, but remember that the people who work at the pharmacy have seen it all before, and are not at all concerned about you buying a pregnancy test.

To buy Plan B, you need to be over 17.  Plan B is not an abortion pill, it’s a pill that you can take immediately (within 5 days) after you have unprotected sex, and hopefully it will help you prevent a pregnancy from happening.  It does not terminate an already existing pregnancy.  It can be found in many pharmacies, however to purchase you will need to show ID.  Read more about emergency contraception options here.

To get the abortion pill, you need to be seen in a clinic.  Each state law is different, so under 18 you may need parental permission or a judicial bypass (to stand in front of a judge and request to be allowed an abortion without parental permission).  You can call up your local abortion clinic, the closest Planned Parenthood, or find a clinic through this link.  

Call them up and ask: 

  • Hi, I’m 16 years old and I think I’m pregnant.  Do I need to make an appointment for a pregnancy test, or can I just walk in?
  • How much do pregnancy tests cost?
  • If I take a pregnancy test and it turns out I’m pregnant can I see a healthcare provider to talk about my options?
  • What are the laws in this state about abortion for minors?
  • Do you provide abortions at your clinic?
  • What do I need to bring to my appointment?
  • Does XXXXX Insurance cover abortions? OR I can’t use my insurance/I don’t have insurance.  How much does it cost to pay out of pocket?

Good luck!  (Side note, friends, how can I put my FAQ in the description?  Help?)

Judge: No, Obama. You can’t force Pro-Life organizations to provide abortion-inducing contraceptives

A federal court has ruled that the Obama administration cannot force religious anti-abortion organizations (specifically March for Life) to provide abortion-inducing contraceptives.

From The DC:

A federal court prohibited the Obama administration from forcing a pro-life nonprofit to insure “abortion-inducing” contraceptives Monday, in what is the first exemption from the mandate granted to a secular organization.

March for Life, which holds a pro-life rally every March in Washington, D.C., filed suit against three federal agencies last year, demanding an exemption from the mandate. It requires employers to provide insurance coverage for 20 FDA-approved contraceptives at no extra cost to the employee — including birth control pills March for Life and other pro-lifers believe are a form of abortion.

A D.C. District Court sided with March for Life Monday, signaling organizations that are not overtly religious can be exempted from the mandate, in addition to those which fall under a religious exemption put in place.

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Guys, this was settled way back in 1791 when the Bill of Rights was ratified. But, more recently, it was settled again here, and also settled here, oh and settled yet again here.

Yes, it’s good that the courts are ruling in favor of liberty, but isn’t it scary that we have a presidential administration who holds it in such low regard?

Exit thought: I hate the fact that this has been made into a religious liberty issue. As we’ve said before on this blog, there’s really no such thing as “religious liberty.” There is liberty and there is tyranny. Period. After all, liberty should apply equally to everyone. People who worship in one particular way shouldn’t have more (or different) rights than people who worship in another way or not at all. Everyone has exactly the same rights.

To everyone who wants to defund Planned Parenthood:

You realize that planned parenthood exists to reduce the number of abortions, right? Their main services are sexual education, providing contraceptives and family planning services, and providing access to other women’s health coverage like breast exams and OB/GYN care. Sex Ed, access to contraceptives, and family planning services all greatly reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies. Also, abstinence-only education has been shown to increase the teenage pregnancy rate.

Abortions are literally 3% of what Planned Parenthood does. And yes, I believe (EDIT:) anyone with a vagina should have access to safe healthcare alternatives. But that’s not the point.

Do you want to reduce the number of abortions they perform, as well as reduce the number of abortions performed across the country? Fully fund Planned Parenthood. Give them the money to educate the country about contraceptives, sex, family planning, and watch with dumbfounded eyes as the abortion rate drops in this country. People are far less likely to need abortions if they know about and practice safe sex.

Also, if you want to defund planned parenthood because they provide abortions while ignoring the massive ramifications that that would have on the general welfare throughout the country, FUCK YOU.

I recently saw a post that denied the humanity of 12 week old babies. If one can look at this picture and truly agree that a twelve week old baby is not human… Unbelievable. For those who preach “tolerance” and “equality” where is the tolerance and equality for these small members of our human race? #lovewins if we can get abortion banned. Some call abortion a woman’s right: to that I say, what if the baby is a girl? Isn’t it her right to choose if she can live or not? How can a feminist, who is truly pro-woman, be for abortion? Abortion denies the woman that which truly sets her apart from men in the most beautiful way: her ability to give birth. That which makes her most womanly and that which makes her one of God’s most wonderful creations is destroyed in contraceptives and abortion. I am pro-life because I am pro-woman.
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Planned Parenthood Panic?

On Saturday, August 22, Christian groups protested in front of Planned Parenthood clinics across the United Sates whom they’ve accused of abetting the illegal sale of fetal tissue for profit. One group of activists milked this situation for media attention with a theatrical stunt opposing the protestors, resulting in them being deemed black-robed devil worshippers by journalists who did not grasp the intent of their symbolism. Anti-abortion activists previously infiltrated Planned Parenthood locations to film employees and clients and edited their comments together as a means for whipping-up a nationwide campaign to curtail funding for this organization which in their own words promotes “a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.” Additionally they point out that they are “America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. Our skilled health care professionals are dedicated to offering men, women, and teens high-quality, affordable medical care.” For those with a realistic view of human behavior, their mission is one that fulfills many needs.

Planned parenthood denies these accusations. It should be noted that mechanisms for supplying fetal tissue for medical research have long been in place, since it serves to assist researchers in working towards cures for eye diseases, muscular dystrophy and diabetes, amongst other maladies. The science is not yet in place for using adult stem cells in these studies, but that is being sought as it seems even more promising for establishing methods that could assist millions of people suffering from diseases. One must wonder whether folks who would deny fetal tissue for research would avail themselves of cures which arose from such studies for illnesses they themselves might have?

Opponents of abortion and birth control seem to support the “every sperm is sacred” thinking so aptly lampooned by Monty Python in their film The Meaning of Life. Because of their frenzied passion for preserving the existence of zygotes, we’ve witnessed anti-abortionists harassing women who sought help at Planned Parenthood health centers and, from their extremists, the murder of doctors who perform abortions and even the bombing of clinics offering women safe and sanitary abortions. These people who absurdly call themselves “pro-life” include fanatics who are willing to extinguish the lives of adult human beings with whom they disagree in favor of unborn potential lives. And they think that their God supports such actions. These days one might more accurately recognize this as a form of theism-generated terrorism.

It would be far more in line with their stated principles to raise funds for organizations meant to care for unwanted children and pay for their feeding, clothing, upbringing, and education until they can be adopted by families who would look after them until they can become autonomous, self-supporting members of society. Of course, the costs involved in such efforts would be astronomical. And we must bear in mind that when the Roman Catholic Bon Secours nuns in Tuam, Ireland ran a “Home” for unwed mothers and their children from 1925 to 1961, that those women were essentially forced into indentured servitude and many of their children died of neglect and malnutrition, as 800 children’s skeletons dumped in a cistern have proven. So with that track record, one cannot trust these so-called “lovers of life.” Their contemporaries take the easy (and cheaper) route, bullying women to bear children they are reluctant to raise who may eventually be put up for adoption or simply shuffled from foster home to foster home. Somewhat better than starvation and burial in a sewer, certainly. Far better, for many reasons, to teach and encourage contraception.

The philosophy of the Church of Satan supports medical research as we Satanists do not believe in an afterlife and consider our vital existence to be of paramount importance—we’d like to live long and healthy lives. Our philosophy advocates responsible freedom of sexual activity amongst consenting adults, meaning that Satanists who chose to engage in sex would be mindful of preventing sexually transmitted diseases and would employ contraception should procreative sexual acts be enjoyed when pregnancy was not the intended goal. Here in the 21st century there is no mystery about the biology surrounding human sexuality and thus the readily available contraception is expected to be utilized by our adherents. If contraception is not at hand, Satanists are sexual connoisseurs who know that there are many forms of erotic pleasure that don’t result in pregnancy.

Our fundamental principle of being completely responsible for our actions dictates that for Satanists all parenthood should be planned, an endeavor taken up when the intended parents have determined that they are both emotionally and financially able to handle the task of raising one or more children—and that would include adopted children as well as one’s biological offspring. For children under the care of Satanist parents, educating them towards being intelligent participants in the social contract of the societies in which we live would also include communicating accurate information about human biology as part of their general education.

Satanists find that in a world wherein religions often wish to keep children and young adults ignorant about the consequences of sexual activity, thus resulting in unplanned pregnancies, that supporting an organization like Planned Parenthood becomes an important consideration. Since many people in our society do not share our commitment to forethought and responsibility, many Satanists support sex education in public schools as worthwhile to combat religion-imposed ignorance. We understand that organizations such as Planned Parenthood can provide additional worthwhile services to young people in need of education, counseling and contraception as well as point them to clinics where safe abortions might be obtained when needed. While Satanists and their offspring should be savvy enough not to be bringing unwanted children into the world, we can see that we are a minority in a society wherein lack of knowledge and irresponsibility has lead to many pregnancies and births, producing infants who don’t have the support from their progenitors needed to grow to their full potential as individuals.

In the wake of these Christian actions regarding the accusations against Planned Parenthood, we’ve noted a disturbing instance in which a web site for The Lepanto Institute, purporting to be “dedicated to the defense of the Catholic Church against assaults from without as well as from within,” has published an interview with a man claiming to be an “ex-satanist” who states that he was involved in performing abortions intended as sacrifices to The Devil, whom he clearly believes to exist. We immediately recognize this as a revival of the bogus tales spread by evangelical Christians during the 80s-90s in what we call “The Satanic Panic.” Long debunked as fraud and urban legend, the concept that a global conspiracy of devil worshippers endorsed by Satan himself with adherents performing heinous crimes is clearly fictional. Back then it was embraced by many, especially since these fraudulent claims were accepted unquestioningly by journalists and talk show hosts both nationally and locally in the US and the UK. I spent many hours opposing such nonsense on radio and television back then. In this piece, which is crafted as a regurgitation of stories told by evangelist (and “comedian”) Mike Warnke in his 1978 book The Satan Seller, “Zachary King” claims that after playing Dungeons and Dragons and being a fan of Star Wars and Star Trek that he joined the “World Church of Satan” and attained the rank of “High Wizard,” doing spells for celebrities and the wealthy. Of course this is a laughable, implausible fantasy, but such drivel has been embraced in the past. Warnke’s book sold well amongst those wanting to believe in this fiction and “King” claims he’s writing a book which may serve to generate income for him from today’s gullible readers.

Now, we Satanists won’t fall for this bunk, particularly since we are mindful of Satanic Sin number 7: “Forgetfulness of Past Orthodoxies—Be aware that this is one of the keys to brainwashing people into accepting something new and different, when in reality it’s something that was once widely accepted but is now presented in a new package.” But others likely won’t be so perceptive and may swallow this stale story whole. At this point there are others outside of Satanism who will also rise to point out such tales to be false, but I do find it perturbing that such a complete resurrection of Warnke’s nonsense is now being offered by a group with dubious credentials. Both web site and interview resemble the parodistic articles found on The Onion. As the faithful attack aspects of society that prevent them from imposing their beliefs on others, they offer fantasy to frighten people into obedience. That’s always been their modus operandi, so we’re not fooled, and there are now more who stand with us as skeptics and freethinkers. We’ll be watching to see who falls for the scam this time around.

—Magus Peter H. Gilmore

Pertinent Links:

Planned Parenthood

Bon Secours Nuns in Tuam, Ireland

The Lepanto Institute

Mike Warnke

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

Abortion Masterpost

I’ve seen a lot of debate going on lately on the topic of Planned Parenthood and even if abortion should be legal. This is not about that. This is general information for anyone who needs it.

Other options

How much does a child actually cost

Adoption vs foster care

Rates of births to unmarried, married, and single parents

Single parent support (1)

Adoption support (1)

Disabled adoption help (1) (2)

Abortion myths

Fetuses can feel pain at conception

Abortions cause breast cancer

Criminalizing abortion will stop it

Abortions are extremely unsafe

“Abstinence only” is successful

Abortion causes emotional distress

Abortion Questions

State laws

Cost 

Can’t afford it?

Can the father stop me?

After your abortion

Contraceptives

Don’t believe in birth control?

Types 

Cost 

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What states teach and what you may not know about sex ed

Under no circumstances should you try to perform an abortion on yourself, buy pills online, or use herbal/otc medications to miscarry. These can easily lead to terrible side effects and can even permanently damage organs.

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HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON:
“Today, the party of Lincoln has become the party of Trump.”

Hillary has called out Donald Trump since his very first dehumanizing and derogatory comments towards immigrants and women. Clinton even defended Megyn Kelly.

Hillary is one of the few people that isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with Mr. Trump and call him out for his disgusting comments. He may have bodyguards that kick out journalists in his fantasy Fascist news conference, but I wouldn’t want to mess with the Secret Service :p Hillary will never be intimidated by Mr. Trump. And the way she balances between mocking him and calling out his hate is the perfect way to destroy him politically. I can’t wait for the Clinton machine to kick into high-gear and really hit him where it hurts. This clown needs to go bankrupt a few more companies and make some more products in China.

Mr. Trump inherited his success from his families wealth [200+ million dollars], unlike the Clintons who built their success side-by-side, dating back to their days at Yale Law and Hillary’s work at the Children’s Defense Fund. The Clintons, not Trump, embody the American dream of working your way from the bottom to the top [and they are the only couple that has ever had a chance of reaching the top twice]. Trump was born on third base but thinks he hit a triple.

Watching Hillary troll Mr. Trump is very satisfying, I must admit:

Hillary Clinton defends Planned Parenthood and mocks Donald Trump on women’s issues. Clinton said GOP policies on women “dead wrong in 21st century America” – ridicules them for saying she’s playing the “gender card.”

Oh, and she seems eager to appear before the GOP witch-hunt committees to set the record straight on her e-mails and Benghazi:

IMO, Hillary doesn’t seem afraid to take on anyone [left-wing, right-wing, Trump, New York Times, Fox News, the media – anyone]. Hillary has taken on Trump since his very first hateful, racist comments towards Hispanics. She understands the realities of the political system [$$$] and wants to change it from within [just as she told #blacklivesmatter – “you change systems”]. She knows the power of the Presidency – she’s seen it up close and personal twice now. She wants it again. And I can’t wait to see what she’ll do for our country and middle-class families if elected as the first female President of the United States.

Oh, and a lot of the media and polls being released about Bernie are by right-wing organizations trying to sew discord among Democrats. Please look at who conducted the polls and the origins of these stories/sources.

For instance, the New York Times recently had to retract several stories about Hillary’s e-mails – the FBI investigation is NOT a criminal investigation and Hillary is NOT the target of the investigation. The possible retroactive classification of materials would have happened regardless of her use of a private server [which was permitted under the law when she was Secretary of State]. Stop spreading right-wing character assassination as fact, please!! You are only doing the GOPs job for them [did you know the GOP even investigated the Clintons Christmas card list in the 1990s?]

Anyway – couldn’t you imagine Bill and Hillary walking into a rally with this song playing?? Play the song as you scroll through the next few pictures ^.^

CLINTON COUNTRY 2016

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Pro-Life, Married, and Contracepting: Is There a Problem?
Jennifer Fitz

“In light of the recent Planned Parenthood videos, I’ve been thinking about a group of pro-life friends who don’t fit the Catholic categories.  These are staunchly pro-life Christians who believe sex should be saved for marriage, that marriage is a lifelong, exclusive union between one man and one woman, but who take contraception as the ‘default mode’ for marital relations, and sterilization as an acceptable way to avoid pregnancy indefinitely.

…”The lies that contraception teach us”

I don’t think there’s any numbers out there that suggest that access to contraception actually reduces the number of abortions. I think there’s pretty good studies out there, pretty compelling studies that show that there is no reall correlation and hasn’t been for quite some time.
—  PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Rick Santorum when asked “Do you have any concerns that cutbacks to Planned Parenthood would affect the birth control part of its offerings and inadvertently lead to an increase in abortions?”