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14 years in prison. In Ireland you face 14 years in prison for having an abortion. Even in the case of rape. Incest. Foetal abnormalities to the point its not even viable outside the womb. Women like Savita Halappanavar have died in hospital beds from blood poisoning because doctors refused to remove the septic foetus because it still had a heartbeat. We’re expected, honestly expected to die a dignified christian death along with a foetus or face 14 years in prison. A reported 12 of us travel to England every DAY seeking safe abortion. So what of those who can’t travel, can’t afford to or are unable to sneak away? I’m in full support of whatever strikes happen across the country. Why did they even bother closing the Laundries if they’re still going to hold our bodies hostage.

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Campaign Zero creators launch tool to show you how to fight Trump’s agenda in your state

  • The young minds behind the anti-police violence resource Campaign Zero launched an online tool on Monday that shows activists how to resist President Donald Trump’s agenda at the local level. 
  • Our States,” a website that Mic previewed exclusively, gives users a state-by-state breakdown of bills that, if enacted, would strip civil rights and other legal protections from communities of color, women and LGBTQ people.
  • As Trump stumbles through his first months in office, Republican-controlled state legislatures are considering laws that would criminalize protests, restrict protections against LGBTQ discrimination and limit women’s access to safe and legal abortions, among other proposals.
  • “The purpose of Our States is to ensure that citizens know the legislation being proposed in their respective state, so that they can mobilize to either support or oppose it,” activist and Campaign Zero co-founder Deray Mckesson said in a statement to Mic. “The stakes are high.” Read more (3/27/17 10 AM)

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Just had one of the best lectures I’ve had in med school

It was on ‘The ethics of abortion’, and I was sorta expecting a lecture tip-toeing around the different viewpoints without offending anyone. But our lecturer slayed!

- she started out by saying how the ‘pro life’ side always get emotive pictures of babies and foetuses etc, and that there’s hardly any for pro choice. So she put up a photo of a woman lying dead on the floor, after bleeding out from an unsafe abortion her partner tried to perform on her

- she showed us statistics on how abortion rates are lower in countries with safe, legal access to abortion

- she showed us more statistics on how high maternal death rates and deaths from unsafe abortions became when countries made access to abortion more restricted 

- she put up photos of discarded babies in streets and rubbish bins in countries where abortion is illegal 

- she talked about a case in the US where a woman was ex-communicated from an ethics committee at a catholic hospital, after the committee allowed a woman with life-threatening complications to have an abortion, then our lecturer commented that ‘it’s funny how it was wrong for her to do that, yet child abuse is apparently ok’ 

- she went through cases of more women who were so desperate to have an abortion that they seriously harmed themselves

- she ended the lecture on the photo of the woman who died, and said ‘whatever your stance on abortion, the fact is that if a woman has made up her mind that she doesn’t want to be pregnant, she will do whatever she can to get an abortion, even if it puts her life at risk’

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

We’re grateful to the compassionate and courageous doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and health center staff who work every day to keep patients healthy and ensure they have access to the reproductive health care they need — including safe and legal abortion.

Sign our card to say “thank you.”>>>

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Mass grave of babies and children found at Tuam care home in Ireland | World news | The Guardian

I’m not fucking around - reblog this. As we march the streets, demanding bodily autonomy and access to reproductive rights, for our lives to be valued as more than a vessel for carrying children, we are met by arguments proclaiming the preciousness of life, how we’re murderers, how we are trying to play God.

Our bodies are policed by the Catholic Church, in which these arguments are echoed and used as a weapon against us in legislation. We are condemned for getting abortions, even in the most dire of circumstances. It is against Catholic values, and downright immoral, in the eyes of the church.

As news broke today of 796 human child remains, ranging from 35 weeks to 3 years old, dumped into the ground and in septic tanks by the Bons Secours order in the Tuam Mother and Baby home, it seems like a slap in the face. The same people that impede our human rights by waving the morality flag in our faces and willing us to ‘love them both’, have long exercised a horrendous practice of taking woman from their families, god forbid they fall pregnant in the wrong circumstances, abusing them behind closed doors, and taking their babies off them for good. What they did with those babies, as we’ve seen today, seems a hell of a lot more immoral than a person seeking safe abortion of their own accord, and for their own reasons.

DO NOT sleep on this. We can’t afford to ignore yet another scandal the Catholic Church have tried and failed to cover up. They protest in favour of life, unless that life falls outside of their standards.

In a country, where the national broadcaster has the gall to air the angelus before the 6 o'clock news while a story like this is breaking, and then not make the SEVEN HUNDRED AND NINETY SIX HUMAN CHILD REMAINS the lead story, yet condemns ME for looking for reproductive rights and not cherishing every life? I can’t sit by and watch the world not realise what is going on in Ireland.

Please, for goodness sake, reblog this. Be aware of this. We can’t let this go on any longer. Read this story, be aware of what the magdalene laundries and the mother and baby homes did to these people under the guise of the Catholic Church.

Stand in solidarity with the people of Ireland on March 8th. This story broke at a pivotal point in the fight for reproductive rights, and we have to look at the people who want to shut it down and see the Church for the immoral scumbags they truly are.

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Guess Which 4 Groups Would Be Disproportionately Hurt by "Defunding" Planned Parenthood
Hint: It’s not the old, rich, white men, trying to shut Planned Parenthood down.

Legislation to “defund” Planned Parenthood will hit  people who rely on federal insurance and public health programs. That’s largely people who already face barriers to  accessing health care as people with low incomes, people of color, people who live in rural areas — who make up the majority of Planned Parenthood’s patients. Meanwhile, the impact of “defunding” Planned Parenthood on people in the LGBT community and whose identities intersect would be particularly acute.

So, it’s anti-abortion politicians like these who want to take basic health care away from people like these.

Impact of “Defund” on People With Low Incomes

With the aim of shutting Planned Parenthood down completely, national “defund” legislation would close health center doors to at least 60% of Planned Parenthood’s patients — those who use public programs like Medicaid (the government-funded insurance plan for people with low incomes) and Title X (the government-funded family planning program, which helps people with low incomes).

Of course, public programs are already prohibited from covering abortion. “Defunding” keeps people who use public programs from getting preventive reproductive and sexual health services like birth control, STD tests, breast cancer screenings, and family planning education at Planned Parenthood health centers. Many of these patients couldn’t get these services anywhere else — and, like we said, many of them are people with low incomes, people of color, and people who live in rural areas.

Impact of “Defund” on People of Color

People of color in the U.S. are less able to access quality health care due to the intersecting consequences of racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, and other systemic barriers. So, they’re more likely to rely on federally funded programs to access health care.

The Black Community

“Defunding” Planned Parenthood would be devastating to Black communities. Key points:

  • Of the 2.5 million people who rely on Planned Parenthood for health care every year, 370,000 identify as African American or Black.
  • Among nonelderly Americans on Medicaid, 11 million are Black.

If they were prevented from accessing Planned Parenthood, many Black patients would have no other place to go for the services Planned Parenthood provides.

This harmful legislation wouldn’t just keep Black patients from getting care – it would undermine their ability to obtain full reproductive freedom. Too often, Planned Parenthood is the only health care provider many patients access. That means their care is more than just reproductive health services – Planned Parenthood connects patients with resources to improve other areas of their lives.

The Latino Community

“Defunding” Planned Parenthood would be devastating to the Latino community. Key points:

  • Around 575,000 Latinos come to Planned Parenthood health centers annually (nearly a quarter of Planned Parenthood’s patients).
  • Among the nonelderly Americans on Medicaid, 18 million are Latino.
  • If they were prevented from accessing Planned Parenthood, Latino patients may have no other place to go for the services it provides.

Planned Parenthood sees patients regardless of immigration status and is one of the only places undocumented people can turn to for care. Given that the majority of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are Latino, “defunding” legislation would have a disproportionate impact on them.

What’s more, “defunding” would put two crucial Planned Parenthood programs at risk of disappearing: Raíz, which helps Latinos access health care and sex education, and Promotores de Salud, which brings reproductive health education into Latino homes and community-gathering locations.

Impact of “Defund” on People in Rural Areas

If patients who rely on public programs are blocked from care at Planned Parenthood, many would have nowhere else to go. There simply aren’t enough other reproductive health care providers out there. In areas where other providers do exist, many don’t take patients who rely on public health programs. Key points:

  • 21% of counties have no safety-net family planning alternative should their local Planned Parenthood health center close.
  • More than half of Planned Parenthood’s health centers are located in rural and underserved communities.
  • More than two thirds of states already report difficulty ensuring enough providers for Medicaid.
  • Providers of ob-gyn care who accept Medicaid, such as Planned Parenthood, are in particularly short supply.

Impact of “Defund” on the LGBTQ Community

“Defunding” Planned Parenthood also would negatively impact LGBTQ health. Members of the LGBT community face greater health challenges than their heterosexual peers because of stigma and discrimination. People in the LGBTQ community who also are people of color, or have low incomes, or who live in rural areas — or whose identities intersect — have even more obstacles to reproductive health services. For example, LGBTQ people of color face particularly high rates of discrimination from medical providers, and systemic harassment.

Planned Parenthood understands that LGBTQ people have the right to safe abortion services, access to contraceptives, STD testing and a range of other health services free from stigma, discrimination or coercion. Losing Planned Parenthood would lose this safe space for LGBTQ people seeking basic health care.

Say It Loud: #IStandWithPP

If anti-abortion politicians “defund” Planned Parenthood, shut down its health centers, and block its 2.5 million patients from care, a national health disaster would ensue — and the groups mentioned in this blog would be hurt the most. Take a stand against cutting them off from care. Take action to stand with Planned Parenthood and its patients!

Pregnant people should always have access to a safe and legal abortion.

Always, with no exception.

A person shouldn’t be denied access because they’ve had abortions before, they have “too many” sexual partners or “too much” sexual intercourse, they didn’t use protection or if the method they used failed, etc.

They should ALWAYS have access.

As someone who may never be able to have my own biological children, I will fight for a woman’s choice to have an abortion.

Yes, even if she’s wealthy.

Yes, even if she is married.

Yes, even if she’s of a healthy child bearing age.

Yes, even if she’s in a loving and healthy relationship.

Yes, even though it was her choice to have sex in the first place.

Yes, even if she chose to have unprotected sex.

Yes, even if she’s a sex worker.

All of this goes for people who are pregnant, but not a woman, as well.

If you’re pregnant and don’t want to be, you should have access to comfortable and safe abortions.

There have been speeches, chants and protest anthems, both soulful and scathing — but as the masses have rallied and marched against President Trump’s policies over the past two weeks, it is the signs they carried that are being stamped into memory.

Protesters turned Trump’s own words against him, with their “Nasty Woman” banners and flaunting signs that declared “This p—- grabs back.” They scorned his seemingly cozy relationship with Russia: “Tinkle tinkle little czar, Putin made you what you are.” They mocked his appearance: “We Shall Overcomb” and “Hands too small to build a wall.” They found many different ways to reject his authority:

Not my President

Not my Führer

Not my Comrade

Not my Cheeto

With a pithy mix of humor and combativeness, this is protest art for the social-media era. While many kept their messages serious and straightforward — “Refugees Welcome,” “Keep Abortion Safe and Legal” — it was the new breed of signage that went viral long after the crowds dispersed. Gaining wide circulation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or various “best protest signs” listicles, they reached a vast audience that never went near a march or rally.

Read more here: Today’s protest signs are sharper, meaner, funnier — and live on long after the rallies

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What Just Happened with Title X, Pence, and Planned Parenthood?
Last week Vice-President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to repeal an Obama-era protection for the Title X family planning program. Here's what that means.

Bridget Todd explains: 

You may have seen that on Thursday Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to repeal an Obama-era protection for the Title X family planning program. What exactly does that mean? Let’s break it down.

  1. This bill DOES NOT “defund” Planned Parenthood. Rather it could embolden state politicians to block patients with low incomes who rely on Title X from getting care from reproductive health care providers, including Planned Parenthood, just because they provide safe, legal abortion.
  2. This bill DOES overturn an Obama administration rule. In December, the Obama administration issued a rule that simply clarified and reinforced existing law around Title X.
  3. It is already against federal law to prevent health care providers from participating in Title X because they also provide abortion. A Florida court confirmed this last summer. The Obama rule simply clarified existing law.

What’s Next: The resolution has been passed by both the House and Senate, and  it now heads to President Trump’s desk. His signature is sure to embolden states to try to block people’s access to care at health centers just because they  provide safe, legal abortion.

But the bottom line is this:  Even if President Trump signs it, Planned Parenthood isn’t “defunded,” and it will still see patients and keep providing the essential health care that 2.5 million people rely on each year.

anonymous asked:

I was raised Catholic and still practice the faith. I am 1000% pro-choice, pro-LGBT, and pro-women joining the priesthood. Because many members of the Church are either strongly against or uncomfortable with these stances, it sometimes leaves me frustrated. Especially with abortion, where people from my parish cannot even have open-minded, nuanced discussions about it, and it leaves me frustrated. They behave like hypocrites, despite calling themselves 'pro-life'. Do you have any facts, >>>

>>> articles, or writings from women of faith that would help reaffirm these stances?

Hi there! I don’t read many religious writers myself, so I’m not much of an expert on feminists of faith, but for Catholics I would recommend starting with Catholics For Choice.

“Catholics for Choice believes in a world where everyone has equal access to the full range of reproductive healthcare services - including access to safe and legal abortion services and affordable and reliable forms of contraception. CFC works to change the conversation regarding sexual and reproductive rights to one where the individual conscience of each person is recognized as the keystone of moral decision making.”

http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/

Hope that helps!

Our right to abortion—the ability to make autonomous decisions about our bodies—is not a matter of personal or political belief. It is a right. For over 40 years, the Constitution has protected our right to safe and legal abortion. Whoever assumes the role of justice on the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, will face the charge of protecting this fundamental right, today, tomorrow and for generations to come.

We stand united with the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and allies across the country protecting your reproductive rights.