Join AbortStigma for an Internet Storm on October 20th!

On a day where pro-lifers choose to be silent, let pro-choice bellow!

AbortStigma has a Twitter, a facebook, and - obviously - a Tumblr. We also have a DeviantART and a Reddit (though they don’t get much traffic, but maybe this year they will!)

During our storm:

  • Share your abortion experiences (please, remember not to share others’ experiences unless they explicitly do not mind!)
  • Share your support
  • Spread abortion facts
  • Spread abortion support helplines and forums

Also, show your support for Planned Parenthood in light of the smear campaibng by CMP by also using #standwithPP!

No one deserves to be forced into a pregnancy!

Also, as a note, this would be a great time to get pro-choice-in some members! Pro-Choice In is a brand-new organization looking to start pro-choice chapters all over the country and, maybe, the world! Pro-Choice In is meant to get pro-choicers in the same cities in contact with each other, so we can organize, counter-protest, hold rallies, and even create volunteer opportunities!

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The Planned Parenthood Song

We need your powerful prayers to end abortion, please sign up when you can http://www.theendofabortionmovement.com/join-the-movement.html

Regarding Ohio’s Down Syndrome Abortion Ban

First and foremost, this bill is unconstitutional and unlikely to stand. 

Hypothetically, let’s run with it. If this passed, and became law, what would be the result?

Many women seeking abortions for a fetus that has tested positive for Down Syndrome are low income. I notice that, while the state is trying to outlaw abortion for Down Syndrome, they are not taking any measures to assist women once they give birth to a child with Down Syndrome. 

What will happen? One of three things. 

1) Women will either be forced to endure the financial and emotional burden of raising a DS child that they did not want (please note, I have utmost respect for people who choose to keep their child upon receipt of a positive DS test, this is purely about women who would have chosen to abort); 

2) An alarmingly high number of children with DS will be put up for adoption (sadly, the reality of the situation is that these children are unlikely to be adopted when the adopting couple has the option to adopt a non-DS child). This will result in countless DS children living in public care, which we all know is…less than ideal (to put it kindly); 

3) Women will simply leave the state to obtain their abortion.

What can we therefore infer?

The reason this bill is being proposed is to continue to chip away at reproductive rights. This is not in the interest of the fetus - this is in the interest of the continual chipping away at the pyramid that is Roe v. Wade. 

I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life.

In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born, but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there.

That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth.

We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of ‘pro-life’ is.
—  Sister Joan Chittister, effectively curb stomping on Republican Jesus

This may come as a surprise, but I don’t give two shits about the stances early feminists held on abortion.

Current events and situations then are not the same as current events and situations now. History is ever-changing. Early feminists didn’t have the same medical and technological breakthroughs as we have. 

Unless they explicitly said something along the lines of “I’m against all forms of abortion, even with medical breakthroughs that would make it safe for the pregnant person and even when the pregnant person willingly chooses an abortion,” then I have huge doubts were pro-life, in the modern sense of the word.

Pro-life Master Post

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of repeating myself when it comes to debates about abortion. I’ve created this master post to provide links that refute the most common pro-choice arguments.

But the fetus isn’t even a life. It’s a clump of cells. It doesn’t matter.

3 reasons why a fetus is a human being

Straight from the embryology textbook:

A zygote [fertilized egg] is the beginning of a new human being. Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete … unites with a female gamete or oocyte … to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.

Even more proof that life begins at fertilization

What is the unborn?

Okay, it’s a human, but it’s not a person.

The shockingly bloody history of legal personhood

From Personhood:

A criterion for personhood that depends on certain functions of human activity implies that individuals who perform the chosen function more excellently should have higher human value. Individuals suffering from severe Alzheimer’s disease or under general anesthesia, who may not be self-aware or able to create future expectations, could no longer be considered persons. We know, however, that the human under general anesthesia retains his personal identity despite his temporary lack of self-awareness, so his personhood must cohere in his underlying nature. Legally speaking, “persons” are guaranteed the fundamental rights of individuals, including the right to life. Historically, abuses of personhood have led to the genocide of groups deemed “non-persons” by more powerful political or social groups. For example, up until the 14th Amendment, African-American slaves were legally considered three-fifths of a person. Native Americans were exploited because they were treated as less than full persons. The racial distinctions used to label these groups as “non-persons” were conveniently invented to justify the violation of human rights.

Justifications for abortion are inherently ableist

What makes human valuable?

But it’s basically just a parasite!

Why the embryo or fetus is not a parasite

You’re just against it because you’re (religious, Republican, conservative, etc.), but I’m not (religious, Republican, conservative, etc.).

Secular Pro-life

Life Matters Journal

Feminists for Life

Pro-life OBGYNs

Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians

Democrats for Life

Pro-life Humanists

New Wave Feminists

Pro-life Pagans

Pro-life Socialists

Why should non-Christians care about abortion?

But if you make abortion illegal, women will die! Haven’t you heard of back alley abortions?

The truth about back alley abortions

More about the coat hanger myth

Refuting the back alley myth

But what about cases of rape or incest?

Rape and incest victims reject abortion

Hard cases, exceptional choices

An honest look at the rape and incest exceptions

A pro-life answer to the rape question

Answering the rape exception

Inside the world of anti-abortion activists who were conceived in rape or incest

While on the topic, the pro-life community must rally in support of the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act

What if the woman is going to die?

Is abortion ever necessary to save the life of the mother?

What about the health of the mother?

What if the child is going to have a short life anyways?

Hard cases: Jeannie Wallace French

Hard cases: Tracy Haugen

Hard cases: Diane Simoni

Hard cases: Angelica Talavera

Abortion is needed to prevent overpopulation.

Simply stated: no. It’s not.

Women don’t regret their abortions!

Silent No More awareness campaign

Testimonies from post-abortive women

Abortion Recovery

Abortion workers regret their experience in the industry

Well, if you’re against abortion, why aren’t you against [insert other human rights injustice]?

We are against all forms of aggressive violence. That includes, but is not limited to: unjust war, abortion, euthanasia, slavery, torture, rape, embryonic stem cell research, human trafficking, abuse, sexism, racism, police brutality, suicide, etc.

Check out organizations like Life Matters Journal (read the most recent issue here!)and Consistent Life to find out more about this consistent approach to human rights issues.

That being said, not every pro-life organization is against all of the above. Dismissing their arguments against abortion because they happen to not be against some other form of injustice is an ad hominem fallacy.

Why ad hominem fallacies derail conversations

If you’re gonna be against abortion, you better be doing [insert some charitable action].

This is similar to the previous argument. Dismissing someone’s argument because you feel that they aren’t “doing enough” is another ad hominem fallacy. 

That being said, pro-life organizations do a whole lot to support those in need:

Catholic Charities USA (which is obviously against abortion) is #13 on the Forbes list of the 50 largest US charities.

Pregnant on Campus supports pregnant or parenting students and provides them with resources.

Abortion Recovery helps men and women who have been affected by abortion.

Project Rachel also helps post-abortive women.

Option Line provides free counseling for pregnant women.

Pregnancy resource centers provide free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, STI screening, parenting classes, and material assistance.

Pro-life organizations also assist in the adoption process.

You can’t be a feminist if you’re pro-life! Being pro-life is anti-woman.

That’s a straw man argument. Straw men make for poor arguments.

Besides, try to tell that to our feminist foremothers who were anti-abortion.

And finally, the most popular pro-choice argument:

My body, my choice!

Why “It’s my body, I can do what I want!” won’t do

De Facto Guardian and Abortion

Why pregnancy is not comparable to forced organ donation

Again, you can’t compare pregnancy and forced organ donation

Dismantling the “bodily rights” argument without using the responsibility argument

From secularprolifeprofamily:

When you realize why the political pro-life/pro-choice divide truly exists, the whole “bodily autonomy” argument falls apart.At its core, it’s not merely about protecting fetuses or not. It’s about whether abortion should be a legally sanctioned medical procedure.And the right to bodily autonomy doesn’t guarantee any sort of medical procedure no matter what.In most jurisdictions, no practitioner will legally give breast implants to an underage girl. Surgeons refuse to amputate the limbs of BIID sufferers. Are those infringements upon bodily autonomy? Of course not. Nobody is fundamentally entitled to procedures that may be irresponsible or unethical.

The False Strength of the ‘Bodily Autonomy’ Argument for Abortion

fangirl64 asked:

Were you the person that said that planned parenthood was using the tissue for research and wasn't making money off it? If so, thank you and can I have your sources? I would like to learn more and double check. Thank you so much. If you are not the person I was talking about, I'm sorry for taking up your time.

The law in question. Which keeps it open to charging for support costs, like processing, handling, storage, and transportation. (Which, Planned Parenthood was charging $30 to $100 per specimen for these handling costs. According to experts, they’re surprised Planned Parenthood was even breaking even.)

Planned Parenthood provides tissue donation details. Planned Parenthood works with brokers, who get the fetal tissue sample to researchers (these brokers are basically “scouts” for researchers; looking for the appropriate tissues and samples that’ll help researchers the most.) 

Basically, PP will collect the donations and then disperse them to these brokers who then pass it along to researchers. (Brokers also charge money, but that’s for handling, storage, transportation and probably networking with clinics that do donations.)

Stem cell research in: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, damaged spinal cords.  Just Google “stem cell research.” You’ll find a few things. (BTW, if this wasn’t clear, fetal tissue is used to get stem cells.)

Stem cells were used to create many of our modern vaccines today.

8 Things to Know About the Planned Parenthood Controversy - pretty good article that talks about some specific things to keep in mind.

I THINK ITS WEIRD WHEN PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS CAUGHT SELLING ABORTED FETUS BODY PARTS PRO CHOICERS ARE LIKE "LOL, COURSE NOT, LYING PRO LIFERS" THEN WHEN WE PROVE IT THEIR LIKE "OK BUT... HERES REASONS TO RATIONALIZE IT"

It’s almost as if they deny something, and lie about it, then rationalize it when the truth comes out.

No wonder I don’t trust anything that comes from planned parenthood.