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Tomorrow, California will vote on a bill that would require crisis pregnancy centers to tell women the truth about their reproductive health options. One politician asked why a lawmaker cared so much about the bill, and her response is PERFECT.

TW for abortion

Republicans Are Killing Women: US Maternal Death Rate Climbs; Female Deaths Rise In GOP Counties

“Today’s mothers are twice as likely to die of pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes than their mothers were. There is no reason, given our vast resources, knowledge and technology, why we should be going backwards in this area.” – Laura Gilkey, coordinator of The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, a nonprofit based in Sarasota, Fla.

Globally, only a few countries have seen a rise in the rate of maternal deaths in recent years. Those include Afghanistan, El Salvador, South Sudan and the United States of America. While at one time the US had all but eliminated deaths associated with childbirth, things have changed in recent years, with maternal death rates climbing from 14.5 per 100,000 to 17.8 per 100,000 between 2007 and 2011. As of 2014, the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth in the US has risen to 28 deaths per 100,000.

For purposes of comparison, the maternal death rate in nearly all wealthy, developed nations is a single digit number. As of 2014, the US maternal death rate is 7 times higher than that of Austria, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden, all nation’s which have a maternal mortality rate of just 4 deaths per 100,000.

It might surprise conservatives to learn that the maternal death rate in the US is 14 times greater than that of Israel. While right wingers might be under the impression that Israel’s very low maternal mortality rate is the result of strict abortion policies, nothing could be further from the truth. The country has very liberal abortion laws, and women are provided with government subsidized abortion services. The country’s liberal policies regarding women’s health has led to a maternal death rate of just two women per 100,000.”

Read the full piece here | See the study here

This post is for everyone who didn’t vote because “both parties are the same.” The parties are FUNDAMENTALLY OPPOSED on the issues that most affect women: reproductive freedom, stopping rape and helping survivors, contraception, maternity leave, equal pay. 

To my U.S. readers: are you in the U.S. and registered to vote? If not, register now, it takes A FEW MINUTES for womens’ lives. http://www.vote411.orgThis way you’ll be qualified to vote these misogynists out the next chance you get.

  • Liberal:you shouldn't be allowed to own a gun
  • Liberal:you shouldn't be allowed to sell unhealthy foods
  • Liberal:you shouldn't be allowed to choose who your business serves
  • Liberal:you shouldn't be allowed to use words that offend me
  • Liberal:you shouldn't be allowed to choose what school your child attends (or to homeschool your child)
  • Liberal:you shouldn't be allowed to choose what health insurance benefits you offer your employees
  • Me:you shouldn't be allowed to kill a human child.
  • Liberal:you are anti-choice! I'm pro-choice! I'm pro-ALL choices! You're taking away my rights! My freedoms!

Erick Erickson doubled down on his sexist attack on Texas State Senator Wendy Davis as “Abortion Barbie,”writing on RedState that the moniker “fits perfectly” and recommending it be used on the campaign trail. Erickson writes:

Abortion Barbie fits perfectly and I hope that moniker haunts [Wendy Davis] on the campaign trail. She is, after all, intent on building a national name for herself through abortion and pink shoes. I’m sure MSNBC will send her tampon earrings to go with the other accessories.

Let me quickly explain this to Erick. Applying the moniker “Barbie” to Wendy Davis in that context specifically demeans her based on physical attributes. Erickson also connotes the stereotype of “Barbie” representing a shallow and empty headedness. This is inherently sexist. 

Anytime a female politician is singled out simply based on looks – including certain attacks on Sarah Palin – it’s incredibly problematic.

Furthermore as the punch line of his joke, Erickson tosses in a shot at MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry wearing tampon earrings to protest women having their menstrual products taken from them as they entered the Texas State Capital. For Erickson the state aggressively attempting to control women’s reproductive health is a joke.

In the world of Erickson his sexist remarks are fine because Davis “is ignorant of the horrors of Kermit Gosnell.” Never mind that according to experts the Gosnell case has “nothing to do with the way in which the standard of care and later abortion procedures are performed in the United States.” Any excuse to make a sexist attack. 

For Erickson, whose history includes both odd sexist remarks and a defense of indefensible remarks by Todd Akin, recommending a sexist messaging assault as an electoral strategy belies just how the conservative media views the recommendations of the Growth and Opportunity project - the report written by the Republican National Committee after the 2012 elections on how to improve their electoral standing. Its findings are clearly being ignored.  

Facebook Awesome actually. This response in the comments was needed. And surprisingly almost everyone applauded her, too!

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I 100% agree w/ the sentiment here, but I would feel right if I didn’t specify this… we HAVE to remember that we cannot reduce reproductive issues/restrictions down to their impact on “women.” While the intent of these policies might be heavily laden with misogyny, it is NOT just people who identify as women who can and do become pregnant. Please don’t let that fact be lost in all of this. When feminists speak out for reproductive choice and bodily autonomy, I hope they do so for all people and not just cis women.