reproductive clinics

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.

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“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.

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. 

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

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.

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Today, together with CREDO Mobile, UltraViolet, and Courage Campaign, NARAL Pro-Choice America delivered 300,000+ petition signatures to the Department of Justice. 

Hundreds of thousands of Americans want to see actions of violence towards abortion providers investigated as domestic terrorism. Are you with us?

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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.

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.

buzzfeed.com
BREAKING: Grand Jury Criminally Charges Videographers Who Shot Secret Planned Parenthood Video
The Texas grand jury originally convened to investigate whether Planned Parenthood had broken the law.
By Nicolás Medina Mora

A grand jury in Texas on Monday brought criminal charges against two undercover videographers who shot tapes purporting to show illegal sales of fetal tissues by Planned Parenthood.

The grand jury, based in Houston, originally convened to investigate allegations of wrongdoing against the reproductive health clinic — but found no evidence that Planned Parenthood or its staff members had broken the law.

Instead, the jury decided to charge David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt — both affiliated with the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress — with tampering with a government record. Daleiden has also been charged with purchase and sale of human organs.

“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” Devon Anderson, the Harris County district attorney, said in a statement. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us.”

“These anti-abortion extremists spent three years creating a fake company, creating fake identities, lying, and breaking the law,” Eric Ferrero, Planned Parenthood’s vice president of communications, said in a statement.” When they couldn’t find any improper or illegal activity, they made it up.

“These people broke the law to spread malicious lies about Planned Parenthood in order to advance their extreme anti-abortion political agenda. As the dust settles and the truth comes out, it’s become totally clear that the only people who engaged in wrongdoing are the criminals behind this fraud, and we’re glad they’re being held accountable.”

The Center for Medical Progress did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Daleiden and Merritt also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Daleiden and Merritt came to national prominence last July, when the Center for Medical Progress released a heavily-edited video that purported to show a Planned Parenthood doctor talking about the sale of fetal body parts.

Planned Parenthood immediately claimed the videos were misleading and eventually filed a lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress. But the videos unleashed a wave of outrage. In November, there was a shooting at an abortion clinic in Colorado Springs.

If convicted of the top charge, Daleiden and Merritt could face up to 20 years behind bars. It was not immediately clear if either of them had retained an attorney.

FYI: Planned Parenthood offers more than just women’s reproductive health service! Many clinics also include men’s services and general screenings, such as anemia, thyroid, blood pressure, diabetes, etc, and for any trans patients, they also offer hormone therapies. They also tend to accept all major insurances and use a sliding-scale for payments.

anonymous asked:

Do you believe that including abortion rights in feminist discussions is transphobic? Trans women are women who don't have the privilege to get pregnant much less get an abortion. Isn't this offensive and transmisogynistic? Abortion seems like an issue for cis women only.

I think leaving abortion access and the fight for reproductive rights out of feminist discourse would be a terrible idea. Trans people are a part of this world, are directly affected by anti-choice legislation, and there are trans people who need access to abortion. There are trans men and nonbinary people who do need abortion access (I’m one of them!) and there are trans women who absolutely benefit from having access to reproductive healthcare. Clinics like Planned Parenthood offer access to hormone replacement therapy, mammograms, STI/STD testing, sexual health education, and pap smears! People of all identities should be able to safely and easily access healthcare without fear of stigma!

Feminists believe in equality. Period. This includes equality for trans and non-binary people. And as such, trans and non-binary people deserve equal access to quality, compassionate reproductive health care, just like everyone else. I do not believe that including abortion rights in feminist discussions is transphobic, but possibly how we talk about abortion rights is. Unfortunately, much of the language used by us reproductive health advocates is not gender inclusive, particularly as it relates to abortion. In this context, we talk about “women” quite a bit—how abortion restrictions interfere with a woman’s right to choose, how abortion should be available irrespective of where a woman lives or her ability to pay, etc., and people tend to assume “woman” means a cisgender woman. However, abortion is an issue for anyone with a uterus or anyone who loves someone with a uterus, not just cisgender women. Hopefully our advocacy language will catch up to that.