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Bad Experiences at the Abortion Clinic

Doctors have bad days.  So do nurses.  Doctors can be rude, unfeeling, and distant.  So can nurses.  Doctors and nurses screw up.  Maybe not in the procedure, but they sure can be cold, unfeeling, passive, not meet your emotional needs, etc. 

So can doctors and nurses that provide abortions. 

Abortion doctors and nurses, front desk and office staff, are HUMAN. 

Abortion care is, like all things, a job that they do.  A job that is stressful, not only because of the patients health, but because of outside influences (protesters, death threats, laws to shut down clinics, laws to make the practice of abortion illegal, community pressures, the list goes on forever) 

A job that can be stressful and a job that they do everyday.  A job that gets to be pretty routine.  Sometimes, you forget that what may be routine for you isn’t routine for others, and that it may be scary or stressful. 

I have to keep that in mind when I escort. 

I do this all the time.  I’m used to the anti’s.  The patients are not.  I can say “eh, its no big deal”, but IT COULD BE a big deal to them.  It is scary.  It is stressful. 

I screw up sometimes. 

We all screw up sometimes. 

IT IS NOT A REASON TO MAKE ABORTION ILLEGAL OR TO SHUT DOWN CLINICS. 

I love and appreciate all providers and staff.

Abortion on demand is good for our society.

When people tell me they had a bad experience at a PP or an independent clinic, I will ALWAYS say to report it and talk to someone at that clinic.  

We aren’t perfect.  We all screw up.  

It is important that we are told when we screw up so we can get better and be mindful of our actions. 

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Victory for Reproductive Rights!

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a historic decision striking down a Texas law designed to shut down most of the state’s abortion clinics with medically unnecessary restrictions. Thank you so much for showing your support for safe and legal abortion by being a part of this quilt. Together, our voices were heard. 5.4 million women of reproductive age in Texas and many more across the United States will be empowered to fight back against deceptive anti-choice laws. 

This decisive rejection of clinic shutdown laws marks the most significant abortion-related ruling from the Court in more than two decades, and will have national impact in states where similar laws threaten to shutter abortion clinics with medically unnecessary red tape.

The fight to protect abortion access does not end now—this is just the first step in dismantling hundreds of sham laws aimed at making it harder for women to exercise their rights.

Photos by Mike Morgan for the Center for Reproductive Rights. 

Trump Shocks the GOP (again)
  • Republican Party: Abortion is murder!
  • Republican Party: If you get an abortion you're a murderer!
  • Republican Party: If you perform abortions you're a murderer!
  • Republican Party: Here are impossible laws clinics must meet to perform abortions!
  • Republican Party: Break the laws and see what happens!
  • Reublican Party: Break the laws! You'll be sorry!
  • Donald Trump: Women who get abortions should be punished.
  • Republican Party: WTF??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He's INSANE!!

How to Get Away with Murder Season 3 Episode Guide

Episode 3.01 - “We’re Good People Now” | Air Date - September 22, 2016

With Wallace Mahoney’s murder unsolved and Frank’s whereabouts unknown, the ”Keating 5” struggle to move on with their lives as they enter into their second year of law school. Meanwhile, Annalise’s reputation at Middleton University is on the line, so she creates a criminal law clinic where the students will compete to try their own pro bono cases. Annalise also wrestles with a decision involving Frank that could change everything.

Episode 3.02 - “There Are Worse Things Than Murder” | Air Date - September 29, 2016

With her job in jeopardy, Annalise confronts the Middleton University Board; secrets come to light as the Keating 5 compete for the case of a battered woman accused of killing her husband.

Episode 3.03 - “‘Always Bet Black” | Air Date -  October 6, 2016 

Annalise presents a high-profile murder case that tests the Keating 5’s morals; Laurel makes a startling discovery through a surprising source.

Episode 3.04 - “Don’t Tell Annalise” | Air Date - October 13, 2016

The fate of a young client is jeopardized after the Philadelphia Bar Association disciplinary board discovers damaging information about Annalise. Meanwhile, Frank commits a shocking act that someone close to him must deal with.

Guest starring Famke Janssen as Eve

Episode 3.05 - “It’s About Frank” | Air Date - October 20, 2016

The mystery behind the Annalise “killer” flyers takes a surprising twist. Meanwhile, Frank’s troubled past is exposed and a shocking new discovery changes everything about the night of the fire.

Episode 3.06 - “Is Somebody Really Dead? | Air Date - October 27, 2016

Annalise and the Keating 5 are shaken by a revelation in the Wallace Mahoney murder; the team attempts to help a veteran facing assault charges.

The Supreme Court has overturned a Texas law requiring clinics that provide abortions to have surgical facilities and doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The law was predicted to close many clinics and further reduce availability of abortion in Texas; the court has ruled the law violated the Constitution.

With a 5-3 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the court reversed a decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had upheld the law. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, while Anthony Kennedy joined the liberal justices in the majority.

NPR’s Nina Totenberg, reporting from the Supreme Court, says this decision will have consequences around the country — several states have laws (either in effect or currently blocked) with similar requirements to that of Texas. If those laws are found to be essentially the same as Texas’ law, Nina says, they will be thrown out by the courts.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Restrictions In Texas

Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images

Supreme court strikes down strict Texas abortion law aimed at closing clinics

The US supreme court on Monday struck down one of the harshest abortion restrictions in the country and potentially paved the way to overturn similar measures in other states that curtail access, in what might be the most significant legal victory for reproductive rights advocates since the right to abortion was established in 1973.

The 5-3 ruling will immediately prevent Texas from enforcing a law that would have closed all but nine abortion clinics. But in a coup for abortion rights supporters, the court also in effect barred lawmakers from passing health measures backed by dubious medical evidence as a way of forcing large numbers of abortion clinics to close.

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Internet service companies like Reddit and Tumblr want to be transparent about user privacy. The problem is, they’re sometimes forced by law to clam up when they receive specific national security data requests from agencies like the NSA or FBI. But there’s nothing stopping them from saying they haven’t received such requests, and that’s where a new website called Canary Watch comes in. Like the birds that show a mine is safe by not being dead, the site tracks statements by websites like Pinterest saying they haven’t received national security requests. If such “warrant canaries” suddenly disappear, Canary Watch will flag that fact, revealing that the site actually has received a request without breaking any laws.

Canary Watch was created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), NYU’s Technology Law & Policy Clinic and other privacy advocate groups. So far, it’s only tracking a handful of sites, including secure cloud platforms like Rsync.net and Spider Oak, along with social/news sites Tumblr, Reddit and Pinterest. The EFF points out that most folks don’t pay any attention to the transparency “canaries” (or even know they exist), so Canary Watch tracks any changes or disappearances and explains what they mean.

http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/04/canary-watch-privacy-site/

cosmopolitan.com
You Have to Read This Request From an Abortion Clinic Worker
Her advice applies to so much more than abortion.

“Our legislators think it is their business to know the reasons why you had an abortion,” the clinic worker began. “There is no good reason for the state to be asking these questions other than they want to shame you and make you feel like you need to explain yourself and justify your decision to people who know nothing about you or your life.”

“So here’s my request for you, fellow women,” she continued. “If you find yourself in a waiting room filling out paperwork for an abortion and they ask you what your reason is — if you could go ahead and write NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS, it gives me great joy to write that on the reports. Or if you’re not feeling so hostile, ‘It’s a personal decision’ is fine.”

About half of females who get pregnant do not want to be pregnant. Yet some 85 percent of the nation’s counties lack access to safe abortion providers. Dominated by advocated of compulsory pregnancy (who call themselves ‘pro-life’), many local governments have been imposing nuisance laws on abortion clinics, demanding changes in door widths, ceiling heights, size of counseling rooms, and dozens of other trivial but costly 'repairs’ that make it too expensive for the clinic to remain open. Still 1.5 million women manage to procure safe and legal abortions every year, many of them voicing their profound thanks for the service.
As of 2009, advocates of compulsory pregnancy–who believe that a fertilized ovum is a human being with rights that take precedence over its human carrier–have committed 8 murders of doctors and abortion workers, 2 kidnappings, 17 attempted murders, 41 bombings, and 175 arsons against abortion clinics and family-planning centers; along with innumerable acts of vandalism, assaults, intimidation, burglaries, and blocking clinic entrances. Abortion and birth control centers have sustained millions of dollars in damages. They continue to spend large sums on bulletproof glass, armed guards, security cameras, and metal detectors. The violence perpetrated by the advocates of compulsory pregnancy largely explains why so many counties in America do not have a single abortion provider.
Many of these terrorist acts show a large degree of organized and coordinated effort among anti-abortion groups. Yet the FBI still does not classify anti-abortion violence as domestic terrorism. It is hard to imagine such a lackadaisical FBI response if identifiable radical groups had subjected hundreds of banks to arson attacks, bombings, and killings.
—  Michael Parenti, Democracy for the Few, 9th edition

How To Get Away With Murder Season 3 | Episode Titles and Synopses

EPISODE 301: “WE’RE GOOD PEOPLE NOW” | Air Date: 9/22/16

With Wallace Mahoney’s murder unsolved and Frank’s whereabouts unknown, the “Keating 5” struggle to move on with their lives as they enter into their second year of law school. Meanwhile, Annalise’s reputation at Middleton University is on the line, so she creates a criminal law clinic where the students will compete to try their own pro bono cases. Annalise also wrestles with a decision involving Frank that could change everything.

EPISODE 302: “THERE ARE WORSE THINGS THAN MURDER” | Air Date: 9/29/16

With her job in jeopardy, Annalise confronts the Middleton University Board; secrets come to light as the Keating 5 compete for the case of a battered woman accused of killing her husband.

EPISODE 303: “ALWAYS BET BLACK” | Air Date: 10/06/16

Annalise presents a high-profile murder case that tests the Keating 5’s morals; Laurel makes a startling discovery through a surprising source.

EPISODE 304: “Don’t Tell Annalise” | Air Date: 10/13/16

A young client’s fate is jeopardized when the Bar Association disciplinary board finds damaging information about Annalise; someone close to Frank must deal with him after he commits a shocking act.

21 abortion clinics across the US south at risk of forced closure — Texas HB2 in the Supreme Court

Before House Bill 2 passed in 2013, Texas had 41 abortion clinics. Today the state is down to 18. Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt is a possible turning point, for the worse. 

If the Supreme Court allows the law to take full effect, there would be only nine clinics in a state of 5.4 million women of reproductive age.

Should the Supreme Court split the decision it would result almost immediately in the closure of eight of Texas’s 18 abortion clinics, because when the court is divided, the ruling that is being appealed remains in effect. 

There would be no more clinics in the 500-mile swath between San Antonio and El Paso, leaving central and western Texas are left completely unserved. 

But, if the Court rules against it, all 18 abortion clinics in Texas would be permitted to remain open, and similar laws threatening 13 clinics in six southern states and Wisconsin could be permanently struck down.

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nytimes.com
The Return of the D.I.Y. Abortion
Fewer clinics, more Google searches for alternative methods.
By Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

DURING oral arguments last week before the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, Justice Elena Kagan noted that she was struck by the clear relationship between abortion restrictions in Texas and the closing of abortion clinics. “It’s almost like the perfect controlled experiment as to the effect of the law, isn’t it?” she said. “It’s like you put the law into effect, 12 clinics closed. You take the law out of effect, they reopen.”

How women respond to these closings, however, is another story.

We do not have large enough surveys to discern behavior in different states or to track how it has changed over time — and in any case, people may not feel comfortable sharing the truth in a survey.

Google searches can help us understand what’s really going on. They show a hidden demand for self-induced abortion reminiscent of the era before Roe v. Wade.

This demand is concentrated in areas where it is most difficult to get an abortion, and it has closely tracked the recent state-level crackdowns on abortion.

In 2015, in the United States, there were about 119,000 searches for the exact phrase “how to have a miscarriage.” There were also searches for other variants — “how to self-abort” — and for particular methods. Over all, there were more than 700,000 Google searches looking into self-induced abortions in 2015.

For comparison, there were some 3.4 million searches for abortion clinics and, according to estimates by the Guttmacher Institute, there are around one million legal abortions a year.

The 700,000 searches included about 160,000 asking how to get abortion pills through unofficial channels — searches like “buy abortion pills online” and “free abortion pills.”

There were tens of thousands of searches looking into abortion by herbs like parsley or by vitamin C. There were some 4,000 searches looking for directions on coat hanger abortions, including about 1,300 for the exact phrase “how to do a coat hanger abortion.” There were also a few hundred looking into abortion through bleaching one’s uterus and punching one’s stomach.