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Abortion rates hit historic lows, according to new report

  • Once again, statistics suggest that abortion rates drop as access to contraception improves.
  • New data from the Guttmacher Institute show abortion rates are at their lowest point since 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision, NPR reported Tuesday. 
  • The report shows that in 2014, 14.6 abortions were performed for every 1,000 women aged 15 to 44. 
  • That’s down from when abortion became legal in 1973, when the rate was 16.3 abortions for every 1,000 women.
  • Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards chalked up the dip to readily available contraception.
  • “It shows that we’re finally doing a better job of helping women get access to birth control that’s affordable and that’s high-quality,” Richards told NPR. Read more
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Colorado Is Promising Its Residents Abortion & Contraception Access, Even If Trump Won't
Even with less than two weeks into Donald Trump's presidency, it often feels like women's reproductive rights are under heavy attack. However, despite the bleak outlook at the federal level, the Colorado state legislature is renewing its commitment to reproductive health and rights.
By Elizabeth Strassner

From the first issue of the Journal of Alternative Facts.

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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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desi tumblr feminism just talks about henna & bindis & aesthetics and even though those are all important aspects of our culture and identifiers that make us, specifically women, more susceptible to violence & racism you have to chill, it’s kind of corny at this point… let’s talk about how the culture of silence around mental health and how many of us are killing ourselves because we cant access the resources we need due to stigma, let’s talk about sex taboo and how many of us are too afraid to get contraceptives or even access sexual health resources for fear of our parents scolding/beating/abandoning us, let’s talk about how even though we like to give ourselves props for thinking we’re ‘allies’ in terms of antiblack racism when it comes from white people we’d never ‘callout’ our family for their antiblack shit… there’s so much more let’s try harder

anonymous asked:

Can you be libertarian and pro-life?

Sure, I am. I just recognize the solution is through allowing access to contraceptives. They’re highly regulated and often times its difficult for low income individuals to purchase them.

In a perfect world, there would be no abortion, because we wouldn’t NEED abortion.

In a perfect world, no one would ever get pregnant if they didn’t want to carry a pregnancy to term. No one would ever be raped, contraception would always be available, affordable, and 100% effective. People who WANT to become pregnant would always be able to get pregnant easily, safely, and have affordable, safe, healthy pregnancies with no problems at all. 

But until we have a perfect world, access to legal, safe, affordable abortions is VITAL. 

Access to abortion is inherently part of protecting people’s bodily autonomy and allowing people to make the best choice for themselves in any given situation. 


But if you WANT to help create a perfect world, where unwanted pregnancies don’t exist and all wanted pregnancies go according to plan, here are things that will actually help:

  • Fact based comprehensive sex ed 
  • Easy affordable access to contraceptives and family planning
  • Consent education at all levels of education 
  • Improvements in fertility resources 
  • Programs to assist with the pre-natal and medical costs of pregnancy 
  • Guaranteed paid parental leave for both parents 
  • Affordable child care options  

Things that don’t prevent abortion:

  • Trying to legally ban abortion
  • Shaming people who want to have an abortion for any reason

High thought: biologically engineered (read: k-selected species’ sociological response) rise in lesbianism, over time fixes overpopulation, social malady brought on by overpopulation . Men have responded to this perceived loss of their reproductive power with violence, systematic oppression of homosexuality and contraceptive access.

anonymous asked:

Wasn't really trying to set up a gotcha, was more trying to work out my own bafflement about the existence and success of feminism.

I don’t think most feminists think of themselves as trying to favor their own interests over men’s. They buy into the privileged/oppressed scale, and they want to make things “equal” in a vague sense that breaks down if you try to actually examine it. More well-thought-out strains manage to avoid this, of course, but the rank and file really doesn’t. We can’t just have advocacy for male abuse victims without hand-wringing over whether or not they’re oppressed.

While we’re at it, I think the category of “women’s issues” isn’t all that useful either. Rape is bad, harassment is bad, access to contraception is good, forcing gender roles on people is bad. There are gendered dynamics surrounding those things that are important to keep in mind when trying to address them, and many disproportionately affect women, but it’s not clear to me why we should think of them primarily as “women’s issues,” with the obvious exception of abortion.

allure.com
If Trump Won't Give You Birth Control, Melinda Gates Will
An Op-Ed announced her plans to serve 120 million women by 2020.
By Macaela Mackenzie

The issue has been on the top of Gates’s agenda since 2012, when she co-chaired the Family Planning 2020 summit, a global event that brought leaders around the world together to talk about giving in-need women easy access to contraception. Their goal was to get 120 million women access to birth control by the year 2020—a number they are not currently on track to meet. “In 2012, we made a promise to women around the world. Our actions over the next three years will decide whether we keep it,” she wrote in the magazine. By writing the piece in National Geographic this month, Gates has made it clear she’s not backing down from this claim.

ABORTION. IS. A. HUMAN. RIGHT.

I as a Catholic understand this. And I as a Catholic understand that even if you want it gone, YOU HAVE TO TRY AND ELIMINATE THE REASONS IT HAPPENS, LIKE RAPE, LIKE POVERTY, LIKE IMPROPER SEX ED, LIKE COSTLY OR NOT EASILY ACCESSIBLE CONTRACEPTIVES.

And I as a Catholic hope to God that Planned Parenthood is not defunded. I hope that people learn to stop imposing what they believe on those who do not believe it. I hope that people stop spreading lies that abortion is “murder” and that these 23 week abortions are the most common thing in the world. I hope to God that people stop confusing their personal religious ethics with universal morality of all other faiths, and I hope to God that Catholic doctors in hospitals and other people stop trying to make decisions for a woman when she wants something else for her health.

I hope to God that every child already waiting to be adopted gets a family, and that more kids aren’t needlessly pushed into the world just to be abandoned or not taken care of properly. I hope to God that people can get it through their head that the life of the pregnant person has ALWAYS taken priority over the unborn- and that “Thou shalt not kill” is NOT A VERSE AGAINST ABORTION AND THAT YOU ARE GRABBING AT STRAWS IN WAYS THAT I CANNOT EVEN FATHOM.

When this whole “life starts at conception” BULLSHIT is less than a century and a half old, how can you sit there and harp on about such baseless, non-scientific, unreasonable crap?

ABORTION IS A RIGHT. ABORTION IS A NECESSARY HEALTH SERVICE. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A REASON SOMEONE NEEDS ONE, EVEN IF WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO TRY AND MAKE THEM UNNECESSARY.


ACCEPT IT.


MOVE ON.

bizarropurugly  asked:

let's not forget the majority of prolifers and absolutely ALL OF THEIR LEADERS are definitely against contraception access and birth control. they're against sex ed and STI awareness and treatment too. they shut down clinics that may have any ties at all to abortions, denying access to cancer screenings for the vulnerable. "you say women's health as if prolifers are against birth control and support cancer!" like, yeah, because YOU ARE and YOU DO

^^^^^^^

consider this

if you oppose abortion, then Planned Parenthood is an organization you should support. not only do we provide nearly every kind of birth control option available to people in the US (penile & vaginal condoms, the pill, the patch, the vaginal ring, the shot, the arm implant, hormonal & non-hormonal IUDs, and vasectomy & hysteroscopic sterilization), but we also offer many of these at sliding scale prices for people who don’t have health insurance or otherwise can’t afford to pay full out-of-pocket prices. we also accept Medicaid! abstinence might be the most effective way to prevent pregnancy, but it’s not the best or most realistic for many of us. safe and affordable contraception is a crucial part of limiting instances of unwanted pregnancy, and so increasing access to contraception is a great way to decrease the need for abortion.

in short: want to see fewer people choose abortion? rethink that whole “defund Planned Parenthood” business.

“Protect life - abort the government” (on a bus stop in Wrocław) 

Polish women are in a very bad place today. I’ll be writing about it shortly. 

TL;DR version: the Sejm rejected the bill draft submitted by pro-choice groups, initiated and supported by the citizens; the proposed bill stipulated universal sex education, in vitro programmes, contraception access and expanded abortion access. Instead they voted to work further (through parliamentary committee) on a pro-life (the irony) bill draft supported among others by Ordo Iuris (and I recommend you look these fuckers up) - if passed this bill would turn Poland into El Salvador penalising miscarriages, banning and penalising contraception, sex ed, prenatal testing, and abortion. 

Zika outbreak raises fears of rise in deaths from unsafe abortions 

Campaigners are calling on Latin American governments to rethink their policies on contraception and abortion because of the spread of Zika virus, which they fear will lead to a rise in women’s deaths from unsafe abortions as well as the predicted surge in brain-damaged babies.

Several governments in the region have advised women to postpone getting pregnant for up to two years, which reproductive health groups say is impossible in countries where birth control is not easily available and many women fall pregnant through sexual violence.

“We are calling for governments to expand access to contraception, particularly for groups that have low incomes,” said Giselle Carino, deputy director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) western hemisphere region.                   

“Then they must expand access to safe abortion services and we need an awareness campaign so women know about the risk of Zika and are aware of their options if they find themselves pregnant.”

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?”

I love the disclaimer ‘I am not a medical professional’. It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure that one out.

A quick trip to Wikipedia (I know, I know) would show that 'The Pill’ is not an abortifacient. Most contraceptives work by preventing ovulation. The copper IUD acts as a spermicide and prevents fertilization.

But I guess it’s not as fun as saying 'The Pill Kills’. I’m hoping this one is a joke page but it’s always so hard to tell with these folks.

Brobie

Here’s How We Can Bring People Together on the Abortion Debate

By focusing on “red states” and regional culture, Take Root has managed to create a space to talk divisive issues without the typical divisiveness. By expanding the conversation from just abortion to reproductive justice, they are able to create a space where advocates from several different fields can work together, rather than treating justice as a zero sum game. They explain their focus on reproductive justice as “the right to have children, not to have children, and to parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments.” This allows participants to “see the connections between poverty and food access in rural and urban environments, histories of coercive sterilization of women of color, the disparity in impacts of criminalization of drugs and its effects on families, gender self-determination and gender violence, and access to contraception, transition services, sexual health and consent information.” They even had sessions on climate change!