reproductive clinic

“these riots are going to turn off apolitical people!”

gonna be real here bub, that argument didn’t fly a couple years ago when you trotted it out about BLM and it’s certainly not legit now.  Who is this “apolitical person” here who is somehow the only legitimate target of any political campaign?  Because these criticisms present their own view of reality, wherein everything basically works like American elections.  A social movement needs to target the ‘median voter’, the ‘public eye’, or else it is legitimate.

Because of this violent is illegitimate, because it turns people off (never specified). But here’s the thing

for decades conservatives attacked abortion clinics, they made it dangerous and annoying to be a reproductive doctor, they bombed clinics.  And a ton of liberals shook their heads and talked about how this is turning people off

and ya know what? it’s nearly impossible to get an abortion in a large part of the country now.  Because this program of violence combined with a group of other tactics made talking about it impossible, alienated women and other people who needed to go to planned parenthood clinics, and then destroyed those clinics.

We can’t rely on these outside ‘apolitical people’, with their omnipotent judgement, to help us.  People aren’t rioting to get people to vote for the Democrats, they’re rioting to protect themselves, to cast out fascists.  The movement that’s building isn’t AND SHOULD NOT BE a movement of ‘reasonable people who just have some issues with Trump’.  These ‘reasonable people’ have been willing to replicate this violent, to throw us under the bus if need be, in order to get back into the halls of power.  The movement needs to be based on the interests and rights of those who are currently targeted by Trump’s policies.  That’s a stronger coalition, that’s a better coalition.

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. 

Why do we still need feminism?

To everyone wondering why those loud, obnoxious feminists are still protesting today: American women have had mostly-equal rights for less than 40 years out of the entire recorded history of the Western world, thanks to loud, obnoxious feminists like the ones marching and protesting in cities across the US as I type this. There is currently a considerable and disturbing push by some conservative/religious groups to revert some of our hard-fought rights and freedoms to what they were back when we were considered property more than people.

To outline some of the injustices American women face, in case you’re wondering what’s wrong with our current set of rights and freedoms:

1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted or raped during her lifetime. Of those, fewer than 1/3 are reported to police.

For every 1000 women who are raped by men, 994 of the men who rape them will never see the inside of a jail cell for that crime.

As of 2014, US police departments had 400,000 untested rape kits sitting around, gathering dust.

31 US states allow a rapist to sue for custody of a child conceived during that rape, and most of those states will not allow the mother to give the child up for adoption unless the rapist father is notified and gives consent. There are currently multiple bills in state senates which would also prevent a woman from aborting a child conceived by rape unless the father gives consent.

It is still an extremely common tactic for a rape trial to focus not on the rapist’s crime, but on the entire sexual history of the female victim, what she was wearing, who she was with, whether or not she had been drinking, and often trying to coerce her into admitting it was consensual all along and she’s just trying to save her reputation by calling it rape.

Rape is the only crime for which arguing that the temptation was too clear and obvious to resist is treated as an admissible and sometimes clearing defense.

1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence. 1 in 4 women will experience *severe* domestic violence.

As of 2014, 38 million US women had experienced domestic partner violence.

Also as of 2014, 4.77 million US women experience domestic partner violence every year.

Between 2001 and 2013, more than twice as many women were murdered by their male romantic partners than there were soldiers killed in our overseas war efforts.

Disabled women are 40% more likely to experience domestic violence than normally-abled women, and it’s more likely to be severe violence.

Marital rape has only been illegal in all 50 states since 1993. Many states still have exceptions to the law, limit the degree of assault it can be considered as, and/or do not prosecute it as seriously as other rape and assault.

Most domestic abuse is never prosecuted.

Abused women lose a collective 8 million days of paid work every year directly as a result of their abuse.

The leading cause of death among pregnant women is being murdered by the father of their child.

The US has the highest maternal mortality in the developed world.

The US is one of two countries in the entire world without paid maternity leave, the other being Papua New Guinea.

Right-to-work states routinely overlook the firing and laying-off of pregnant women because employers abuse the loophole of not explicitly stating that as the reason.

Pregnant women are routinely denied even minor accommodations by employers, such as carrying a water bottle or being allowed to use the restroom more than once every four hours.

Access to contraception is still a hotly-debated subject, and a woman’s employer can legally dictate her reproductive choices based on THEIR religious beliefs.

The most effective contraception methods are an entire month’s wages for a woman earning minimum wage and who has no access to insurance.

Hormonal contraception has significant and sometimes fatal side-effects that were only approved because the testing was done on impoverished minorities, and it was assumed this would be the primary market for hormonal contraception.

Access to abortion is being increasingly restricted in many states, which has seen a corresponding rise in maternal mortality, infant mortality, and suicide by pregnant women.

Women accessing health care reproductive health clinics such as Planned Parenthood frequently face angry and even violent protestors.

Fake “crisis pregnancy centers” are legal in many states. These are not bound by HIPAA laws and often put their duped patients in actual physical danger.

A Texas anti-abortion group with 30,000 members infiltrated pro-choice groups and hatched a scheme to literally kidnap pregnant women by offering them rides to Planned Parenthood and holding them captive until they’d missed their appointment and/or agreed not to abort. None of them got into any legal trouble for suggesting this.

It is legal in some states for the state to keep a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support indefinitely, regardless of her wishes, her family’s wishes, and the stage of pregnancy.

Women are more than twice as likely to die of a heart attack than men are, for the sole reason that their symptoms aren’t taken seriously.

Obese women, especially minorities, frequently go without adequate care or any care at all in all levels of medical care, from the general practitioner’s office to the emergency room.

35% of single mothers live at or below the poverty line, even though most of them have full-time jobs.

68% of the elderly poor are women.

60% of minimum-wage workers are women.

More than 70% of those living at or below the poverty line are women and children.

There is no affordable child care. A single mother working at a full-time minimum wage job is likely to spend half her income on day care. This forces her to either drop out of the workforce entirely and take government benefits, or to take a second job and essentially never see her own child.

The gender wage gap is real. At all levels of employment in all industries, women are frequently paid less than their male coworkers despite having the same experience, the same seniority, and the same education.

Sexism is rampant in many industries, particularly STEM and manual labor. This leads to less participation by women who feel they will receive unfair treatment from employers and coworkers alike.

The number of women earning degrees in computing-based STEM fields has dropped from 37% to 18% since the 1980s. This was largely due to the creation of hierarchies, hiring practices, and social networking in the 1990s that explicitly favoured men.

Female video game developers routinely receive gender-based harassment online, with an entire socio-political movement of angry young men (GamerGate) emerging because a female game developer was given what they perceived to be an unfairly-high rating on her game by a journalist with whom she subsequently entered into a relationship.

Female celebrities routinely deal with dangerous stalkers, with a number of them being assaulted and/or murdered by such, and our cultural reaction is to tell them that’s what they get for being famous. Meanwhile, John Lennon’s killer has been in prison since 1980 and is one of the most widely reviled men in America.

Women online in any capacity routinely receive gender-based harassment, demeaning comments, and unsolicited photos of male genitalia.

Women on dating sites frequently receive so much harassment that they are forced to delete their profiles.

The cultural reaction to nude/topless photos of any woman being stolen and posted online is that she got what she deserved for taking them in the first place. Revenge porn (selling nudes/sex tapes of your ex to shame them and ruin their lives/careers by sending links to their family and coworkers) is legal in most states, with females comprising almost 100% of victims. Very little legal recourse exists for victims.

Filming yourself having sex with a woman without her knowledge and selling the video to a porn site is not only legal, but is a popular category amongst viewers.

Womens’ Studies is the most frequent butt of every joke made about “useless” college degrees.

Career fields that are high-paying, high prestige, and male-dominated lose their prestige and wages as more women enter the field. This is an observable and frequently repeated trend, and it generally only takes 5-10 years from the time when the number of women in the field exceeds 15-20%.

2017 marks the first year EVER that women have exceeded 20% representation in the Senate, and 19% in the House. Only four are minorities, with three newcomers joining Mazie Hirono, who had been only the second minority woman to ever sit on the Senate until the Nov. 2016 election cycle.

The first and only female Native American federal judge was appointed in 2014. The first white female federal judge was appointed in 1933, the first black female federal judge was appointed in 1966, and the first Asian female federal judge was appointed in 2010. Despite these minor gains, 73% of state and federal judges are still male.

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This seems like an exhaustive list, doesn’t it? Imagine how exhausting it is to be living it and having to explain it nearly 100 years after the Suffragettes were cruelly derided in editorials, comments, and assaulted on the streets over wanting something to be done about many of these very same issues.

If your vagina is unhappy...

Please seek medical attention.

Do not attempt to power through sex.

Do not wait it out.

Seek a doctor, go to an urgent care, go to Planned Parenthood or another reproductive health clinic, get yourself checked out.

UTIs and Yeast Infections are no less serious just because they are common.

Take care of yourself.

A Public Service Announcement from your very good friends @ Real Talk Sex Advice.

This is a REAL pamphlet given to a young person at a crisis pregnancy center.  According to them, using a condom is “about as safe as hanging over a cliff with a frayed rope.”  

Talk about lies and misinformation.  

Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) pose as legitimate reproductive health centers. They have a track record of outright lying to women and work to dissuade people from exercising the right to choose. They often advertise as if they provide abortion services, drawing people in by promising free reproductive health services, including free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and options counseling.

#CallOutCPCs

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Meet the woman behind the Supreme Court case that could change the game for abortion

Amy Hagstrom Miller began working in the reproductive health field at 21 years old. Fourteen years later, she founded Whole Women’s Health, a group of reproductive health care clinics, many of which are in Texas, that serve over 30,000 women every year. Now, the healthcare provider is poised to make history as the plaintiff in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court case, which will be argued on March 2.

The case is being called  “the most important” and “highest-stakes” abortion case in a generation.

alltheniecestplaces  asked:

Do you think Bernie's radical views could be just as dangerous as Trump's? Radical liberalism can be just as dangerous as radical conservatism, and radical liberalism is more likely to inspire a severe conservative backlash. Do you think Bernie's policies would create that kind of reaction in Washington?

“Radical liberalism” works to provide everyone with healthcare and higher education.

Radical conservatism leads people to bomb reproductive health clinics. 

There is no comparison. 

techcrunch.com
Apple Has Been Directing People Searching For Abortion Clinics To Adoption Centers Since 2011
Apple is working on changing an algorithm in Siri and Apple Maps that has been directing people to adoption centers when they asked for an abortion clinic...
By Sarah Buhr

“We came into this because it creates a stigma. To have that [search result] in your face is inexcusable.” Himiak told TechCrunch. “We have women all over the country being bullied and shamed and to be redirected to an adoption center instead disregards women’s choices.”

According to the article, Apple is just now starting to update its search results. Before that, many searches for abortion clinics have been miscategorized.

anonymous asked:

Why are abortions so expensive? According to Planned Parenthood's website they start at $300. Would I really have to pay $300 for a little pill?

Well, to start off, every clinic prices it differently according to the facility’s needs and services. Some clinics offer sliding scale fees, where you only pay what you can, or allow for payment plans. It’s also possible for abortion to be covered by your state’s Medicaid program (note: this uses state funds, not federal funds, which are prohibited by the Hyde Amendment) or by your own insurance.

In addition, to take the abortion pill, you have to first undergo a medical exam and bloodwork, including an ultrasound to determine how far along you are. After you take the pill, you need to go in for a check up to be sure everything went well, and to get antibiotics to prevent infection. So the price actually includes two doctors’ visits, a physical, tests, an ultrasound, antibiotics, and the pill itself.

Many clinics that provide abortions also provide a range of reproductive and general health care - Pap smears, cancer screenings, flu shots, birth control, counseling, and so on. Reproductive health clinics often try to price their services as low as possible to allow patients to access the care they need, while still keeping the clinic open and functioning. Some clinics receive state or federal grants, but others may rely heavily on donations, fundraising, and money made from their services to pay their employees, keep their equipment up to date and working, and maintain their facility.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the astronomical health care costs in the United States and assume that also plays a role. Generally, however, I see most reproductive health clinics as more aware of and committed to supporting low-income patients, given that their line of work is very intimate, often thankless, and downright dangerous to their own lives, so I’m honestly not sure how much the state of health care costs factors in with each individual clinic.

Last night, a shooter entered a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, killing at least 3 and injuring several others. Acts of violence at reproductive health clinics must stop. Clinic violence is domestic terrorism. Sign the petition and tell the Department of Justice to investigate clinic violence: http://nar.al/4ei

The Supreme Court has voted to keep Texas abortion clinics open

Pro-choice activists are celebrating today: The Supreme Court announced that it will allow nine Texas abortion clinics to remain open until the justices can hear an appeal ordering them to close. Unfortunately, this is only a partial victory and maintains a troubling situation for Texas women. 

A Plea To Catholics Standing Outside Abortion Clinics

For Catholics who spend their Saturdays standing outside abortion clinics, holding graphic or condescending signs and “fetus” rosaries, chanting the Our Father and singing hymns, I want you to think long and hard about how you choose to spend your Saturdays. I want you to think about if this is what the Lord truly called you to do. Because when I stand outside abortion clinics, as I did yesterday in Boston, I do not see the Lord in those saying the rosary while holding hand-drawn signs of “aborted fetuses.” I see zealous, prideful people with little humility and grace. I see selfish, sheltered people more concerned with their personal satisfaction than the feelings and rights and lives of others. I do not see Jesus, even as you go through the Our Father’s and Hail Mary’s and Glory Be’s.

This is not about getting your point across. I think you have already made your point loud and clear. The Catholic Church believes “life begins at conception” and you honor that. Still, you believe that the longer you wait outside abortion clinics each Saturday, the more women you will “save." 

But you will not save them. These women (and trans men and those who don’t identify as women) do not need your saving. They need to access a clinic safely. They need to know they will be OK with whatever choice they choose. They do not need fear. They do not need stress. They do not need condemnation from people doing God’s misguided work.

For Catholics who spend their Saturdays outside abortion clinics, I want you to think long and hard whether your services would be better elsewhere. Why not go to a homeless shelter or domestic violence shelter instead? Why not donate baby clothes and diapers and food to new mothers who can’t afford motherhood? Why not spread God’s name through peaceful and dutiful work? 

And if you would like to say the rosary for the unborn, why not say it in a church? Light a candle and ask Mother Mary to give women considering abortion strength. But don’t forget — there are many women who pray to Mary to give them strength for their abortions. And the Blessed Mother does. 

For Catholics who spend their Saturdays outside abortion clinics, I have a hard time believing Jesus is standing with you. If Jesus were here on Earth in his earthly form today, there’s a much greater chance that he would be wearing a clinic escort vest, helping women inside and protecting them from those throwing stones.

Access to abortion has grown dire in Louisiana

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay on legislation this week that’s been pending since June 201. The law obligates abortion providers to secure admitting privileges with local hospitals. But that’s not what the law really does, opponents say — and it’s created a dangerous situation in Louisiana.