Here’s the thing about being pro-choice, you don’t have to morally agree with abortion to be pro-choice. It is not called pro-abortion. Pro-choice simply means you understand that you can not make such an intimate decision for someone else and that they have full control of making their own decisions.
Until there are literally 0 unwanted pregnancies in the entire world (100% of the population has affordable access to contraceptives, and those contraceptives are 100% effective 100% of the time, sexual assault never happens, and contraceptive sabotage never occurs), and until pregnancy is 100% safe and never presents medical risks or complications, and until pre and post-natal care is 100% affordable for 100% of the population: legal abortion will be needed.
Never forget that. Abortion is a medical procedure that serves a wide variety of situations and may be needed for a wide variety of reasons. And until only people who want to be pregnant get pregnant, and only when all pregnancies are safe and affordable, and all pregnancies are carried safely to term, until that somehow happens, people will need abortion.
If you want to reduce abortions numbers (and really, we ALL do) then we need to address the factors that make abortion needed.
One of the saddest things about women saying, “Well I’ve never experienced sexism so it must not exist,” is that so many acts of sexism are normalized in our society that more than likely, she has experienced it, but didn’t realize it.
25 things women should never have to apologize for:
1. Her bodily functions
2. Not being feminine or girly
3. Loving how she looks
4. Having an abortion
5. Not wearing make-up
6. Being single
7. Not settling in relationships
8. Having body hair
9. Her bra size
10. Being outspoken
11. Having a high/low/non-existent sex drive
12. Putting herself first
13. Her body weight
14. Not wanting children
15. Saying no to a man
16. Having a pussy that smells like pussy
17. Being smart
18. Her age
19. Having a resting bitch face
20. Not wanting a relationship
21. Having a higher paid job
22. Her mental illness or disability
23. Not aspiring to be pretty or sexy
24. Demanding gender equality
25. Her womanhood
That whole “Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms, therefore they clearly don’t care about women’s health” argument always really made me angry, because it’s this sneaky little anti-choice trick where they take a benign fact about health care, and distort it into a sign of evil, negligence, and wrongdoing.
Mammograms are performed at IMAGING CENTERS. They are not performed at regular outpatient offices. However, you cannot just walk into an imaging center and make an appt for a mammo - you first need an order written by a medical provider. Like, say, your clinician at Planned Parenthood. And that clinician is the person who will call you afterwards with the results and determine an appropriate follow-up plan based on those results.
So no, Planned Parenthood doesn’t perform mammograms. Neither does any other OB/GYN or primary care provider or ANY OFFICE that isn’t an imaging office. That is how health care works. If anti-choicers have a problem with that, then they need to take it up with all of health care.
Good news! Oregon just EXPANDED abortion access, taking a firm stand against Trump’s extreme agenda: http://bit.ly/2i79EmD
“The measure, called the Reproductive Health Equity Act, requires health insurers to provide birth control and abortions without charging a co-pay, and also allocates state funds to provide reproductive health care to non-citizens unable to access Medicaid.
The Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon, which helped write the law, said that the new legislation will not only increase access to abortion, but also birth control and postpartum care for low-income women. It also adds that this is the first legislation in the States to comprehensively address systemic barriers to reproductive health care.
Today, Irish people are on strike to demand a repeal of the 8th amendment, which restricts abortion access in almost any circumstance and has already led to several deaths and causes 12 women a day (on average) to travel internationally for basic healthcare.