reproductive clinic

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.

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. 

“Removing the legal right of women to organize politically against sex-based oppression by males

Removing the legal right of women to assemble outside the presence of men

Removing the legal right of women to educational programs created for women outside the presence of men

Eliminating data collection of sex-based inequalities in areas where females are underrepresented

Elimination of sex-based crime statistics

Eliminating athletic programs and sports competition for women and girls

Removing the legal right of women to be free from the presence of men in areas of public accommodation where nudity occurs

Elimination of grants, scholarships, board and trustee designations, representative positions, and affirmative programs for women

Removing the legal right of women to create reproductive clinics, rape crisis services, support groups, or any organizations for females

Eliminating media and all public discourse specific to females

Removal of the right of journalists to report the sex, and history, of subjects

Eliminating the legal right of lesbians to congregate publicly

Elimination of lesbian-specific organizations and advocacy groups

Removing the legal right of women to free speech related to sex roles and gender

Elimination of the legal right of women to protection from state-enforced sex-roles (appearance/behavior/thought)

Elimination of the legal right of girls to protection from state-enforced sex-roles in public education

Elimination of the patient right of dependent females to hospital/facility bed assignments separate from males

Elimination of the right of dependent females to prefer female providers for their intimate personal care requirements

Elimination of the human right of female prisoners under state confinement to be housed separately from male prisoners”

- GallusMag on GenderTrender

iamlivingmusic replied to your postobeechris: thelittlestcaptainamerica: …

That’s super interesting and also I don’t understand how USA gets a seat at the grown up table, let alone be the head of it, if it can’t handle simple things like passing budgets.

I mean we get a seat at the grown-up table, realistically speaking, because we’re the third most populous country in the entire world and have the largest or second largest GDP, depending on how you calculate it, and also nukes. We’re like the guy in the office that nobody likes for a ton of really good reasons but he’s the only one who knows how to work the database and also he has guns at home and seems like the Killing Spree type if you piss him off. 

Not to defend us (much) but I don’t know that it’s fair to judge the entire country based on one state’s failure to do X or Y, especially because of the issues of scale that the US faces. Illinois is one state of fifty, so we, as a country, have to get fifty budgets passed plus the federal budget, and frankly it’s a miracle anything gets passed, ever. Have you ever tried to get 20 people to agree on pizza toppings? Now try getting 320 million to do it. The population of Illinois alone (roughly 12 million) is a third of the population of all of Canada, and two thirds of that lives in Chicago and the suburbs. It’s compounded by the fact that Illinois has a literal, public, acknowledged tradition of super-corrupt government officials. 

If you want to ban the country from the “grown-up table” then by all means ban us because we elected a nutbar to the presidency or we’re super racist and we hate women as a matter of religion. Valid. But doing so because of the Illinois budget is a little like failing a whole class of third-graders because Timmy can’t do math; it was a statistical probability there’d be at least one in a class of fifty who’s fucking up. Meanwhile Texas has a budget but no women’s reproductive health clinics and the government of the state wants trans people never to be able to pee, ever, anywhere, so *weighing motion* 

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

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.

A post about going and getting an Ultrasound

A pretty standard thing if you have painful periods or basically have any possibility of anything being wrong with your reproductive equipment, you will have an ultrasound scheduled. Some things vary from clinic to clinic and person to person, but I figured sharing my experience may help those of you who need to go through it too.

First off, before you even get to the clinic you need to be drinking a lot of water. They want your bladder to be full, as that makes everything easier to see.

The over the stomach ultrasound is really easy, you don’t need to get undressed for it, you’ll just lay back and they’ll pull your pants down a little and your shirt up a little. This will be done pretty low on the stomach as that is where your reproductive equipment is. My clinic warms the jell they use, if anything it was a little too hot for my liking, but it may be cold if yours does not. They’ll squirt some jell in the area and then put the wand to it. Since the majority of my experiences with ultrasounds was from TV and going to one of my sister’s appointments when she was pregnant I was surprised to find that for the most part the wand stayed in the same place. From what I could tell the technique was to press down hard (which was a little uncomfortable because I have pelvic pain), take a picture, change the angle a bit or move it half a centimeter and press down hard and take another picture. It took quite a while, so just sit back and relax. I had my appointment in the early morning so I was still mostly asleep.

Next they asked me to go pee so they could do the vaginal ultrasound. I hadn’t been told I’d have a vaginal ultrasound so I was really nervous but also a little relieved because vaginal ultrasounds are more likely to pick something up than over the stomach ultrasounds.

After urinating, they told me to take off my bottoms and wrap up in a sheet. It was a huge actual bedsheet, not one of those flimsy paper ones. They had me lie down in the standard pelvic exam position, and asked if I wanted to insert the wand or wanted them to. It’s awesome that they asked, but remember even if they don’t that is always an option! The wand that they use is a lot smaller than a speculum, so really it wasn’t as unpleasant as a pelvic exam. It started barely in the vagina moving around and pressing and taking pictures. It slowly made it’s way back. It didn’t go very far back into the vagina, and was over pretty quickly.

Then they gave me washcloths to clean up with back in the bathroom. The bathroom was off of the exam room so everything was very private. They asked my fiance to stay in the waiting room, but I’m sure if you want someone in there with you you can ask.

It was really quick and a lot less unpleasant than I thought it would be. They told me I’d get my results in a few days.

Some protesters, [clinic workers] say, circumvent the law by planting themselves inside the 15-foot boundary, inviting “offensive fouls” by patients, who must then scramble around protesters to reach the door. Others have caused women to unknowingly violate preoperative procedures by handing them water or food; if the woman eats or drinks shortly before the abortion, it must often be postponed.
“Is the baby ok?”

They ask, hope in their eyes, dreams in their hearts. They can see the ultrasound screen, but it just looks like TV static. You know though. If there was a baby in there, they would have seen it by now- a giant alien head with tiny arm and leg nubbins, and a little fluttering fuzzy spot in the middle with a reassuring whoosh whoosh whoosh whoosh heartbeat.

The lines on the pregnancy test, once so solid and strong, fade away as the patient’s beta-hCG levels fall. The hope drains out of their eyes, and their dreams are flushed down the toilet or suctioned in the OR, a mixture of blood and coagulated tissue. Products of conception is what tests call it. My baby is what they called it.

The worst were the REI (reproductive endocrinology and infertility) clinic miscarriages. These patients had notations in their chart like “G8P0″ (gravida/pregnant 8 times, para/gave birth 0 times) and they were supposed to be 12 weeks- almost to the safety of the second trimester- but they woke up that morning covered in blood and knew it had happened again. These patients wailed.

To be fair, some days on REI were good days: we got to tell patients who had been trying for 10 years that they were having twins, all the babies were growing like they should, the lines on all the pregnancy tests were solid and strong, dreams blossomed and happy tears wet cheeks. Some days were ok- twin A is alive and growing but twin B is gone and is slowly being reabsorbed, we can fix your hormone imbalance and that should enable you to ovulate, your cervix is just shaped different but we can help the sperm get in the uterus.

Did you know that there is statistically only a 25-30% chance of conceiving every time a person with female reproductive organs ovulates? People get pregnant all the time. People miscarry all the time. It’s just part of it, the cycle of life and death, all in one person.

Bure: Do you believe you can be pro life and a feminist?

Clinton: Yes, I do, absolutely.

Bure: They’re not mutually exclusive?

Clinton: No, absolutely… we’ve been in these conversations now for, what, 40-plus years, right? And I respect the opinions and beliefs of every woman. The reason why being pro choice is the right way to go is because it is a choice, and hopefully a choice that is rooted in the thoughtfulness and the care that women bring to this decision. So of course you can be a feminist and be pro life.

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Hillary Clinton to Candace Cameron Bure on “The View”, Tuesday, April 5th.

No. Just no. You can’t claim to be a feminist, supporting the rights and bodily autonomy of ALL those who identify as women, reproductive freedom, and the right for pregnant people to make their own choices regarding pregnancy, and then turn around and state someone who is pro-life is also a feminist.

Pro-life is inherently anti-choice. Claiming it is about “respecting views” is intellectually dishonest, a false equivalency, and goddamned dangerous. An anti-choice person believes the government can and should be able to force a person to carry a pregnancy against their will, would support forcing victims to bear the children of their rapists, would bar the doors of reproductive health clinics, and would demand every miscarriage and stillbirth be invasively investigated as a murder. There is nothing at all feminist about any of those positions.

If someone who holds those beliefs can somehow be a feminist, the term means nothing.

Here’s what happens when the anti-choice crowd takes control:

Originally posted by ppaction

listofnamesinredunderlined  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.