A dangerous backward step for women and girls in Poland
Pregnant at 11, a girl raped by her own father, will have no choice but to give birth. Equally, a woman at high risk of dying in childbirth or of carrying a dead baby, will not be able to seek a termination. This will be the impact of new legislation due to be debated on in the Polish parliament later this week which, if passed, would usher in an almost complete ban on abortion.

This is what horror looks like. this is war on women, a violation of human rights and the most inhumane result of what patriarchy + church equals. nothing about this law has anything to do with life, women are life, this is another cruel manifestation of a control-seeking, death-worshipping reign of necrophilia and cowardice.
stop turning our bodies against us. abortion has been a part of human existence since time immemorial. no matter how men feel about it.“furious” doesn’t begin to describe how i feel.

please repost to raise awareness of this horror in the ‘West’. 


“If you live in Indiana and are pregnant, don’t ever tell or text anyone that you are ambivalent about being pregnant or thinking about an abortion” ~ Dr. Jen Gunter, OB/GYN

Illinois GOP bill attacks single moms: No birth certificate or financial aid without the father
A bill sponsored by Republican state lawmakers in Illinois would deny birth certificates to the children of single mothers who do not name a father.

“The measure, which amends the state’s Vital Records Act, would prevent the child from receiving a birth certificate or financial assistance if the father was not identified.

The bill states:

“Provides that if the unmarried mother cannot or refuses to name the child’s father, either a father must be conclusively established by DNA evidence or, within 30 days after birth, another family member who will financially provide for the child must be named, in court, on the birth certificate. Provides that absent DNA evidence or a family member’s name, a birth certificate will not be issued and the mother will be ineligible for financial aid from the State for support of the child.”

Ed Yohnka of the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union told the Chicagoist that the bill was troubling even though it was not expected to pass the Democratic supermajority in the state House.”

Read the full piece here

Also: Illinois Bill Would Make Life Even More Difficult For Single Moms


Georgia Women Arrested Protesting Bill That Would Let Employers Fire Women Who’ve Had An Abortion

“In several states, Republican lawmakers are sponsoring bills that would allow employers to use “religious liberty” as an excuse to do whatever they want – including discriminate against customers or employees on the basis of religion.

Georgia’s version of this religious liberty bill has already passed the state senate, but is running into trouble in the house, where even the speaker, a Republican, has expressed skepticism about the legislation.

Progressive activists in the state are leaving nothing to chance, realizing that if the bill passes, the state could see a new wave of discrimination similar to Jim Crow-style restrictions on African Americans. Some women’s organizations are particularly concerned that right-wing employers could, for example, fire women who’ve had abortions.

On Monday, four women – Megan Harrison, Lorraine Fontana, Emma Stitt, and Jessica Reznicek – sought an audience with the bill’s chief Senate sponsor, Republican Josh McKoon. Not only were the four women denied a meeting with McKoon, they were arrested.

The American Friends Service Committee shared a few photos of the arrests.

At least two of the women – Emma Stitt and Jessice Reznicek – have decided to refuse bond for now, saying they will stay in prison until the bill is defeated.”

Read the full piece here

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It is 2015 and we are currently fighting to keep abortion legal and accessible more than 40 years after Roe v. Wade made it a constitutional right. Employers can now deny women insurance coverage for birth control if they claim to object to it on religious grounds, and Republicans are pushing to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest reproductive healthcare provider that also offers low- and no-cost birth control. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to ban abortion pre-viability, while House Republicans voted last week to prevent private insurers from covering the procedure. At the state level, conservative lawmakers are passing laws that shutter clinics and force women to wait longer and travel farther to access care. Taken as a whole, the government is making it really, really hard to avoid becoming pregnant. And if you get pregnant and don’t want to be, the government is making it really, really hard to get an abortion.

Men literally refuse to learn anything about the menstrual cycle but still have the audacity to berate and belittle the idea of wanting easier access to birth control. In my 7th grade health class, I was forced to examine a set of prosthetic testicles as we were being taught about testicular cancer awareness and while very important, i argued that I shouldn’t have to touch the prosthetics because that would never be a issue for me. And my teacher instead forced to preform the exam or i’d be guitly of insubordination. Fine, whatever. So why can’t men sit down for five whole minutes and learn what birth control can actually do. Because if you’re gonna try to take away my access to birth control, I want you to know what it’s like during my “time of the month”. I nearly did not graduate high school because of the amount of abscences I had accumulated. During menstruation, i’d wake up with migraines so bad I’d be unable to read or even see sometimes. I’d get physically ill and vomit. I’d be doubled over in a bout of painful cramps. And I clearly couldn’t go to class in that state, dizzy and vomitting. There’s no way a person could sit in class and actually learn while experiencing that. So I’d stay home and endure my painful menstrual cycle, which I’d get those symptoms at least once a month if not more. And so when my abscences were reviewed, I was asked, where were my doctors note if I was “sick”? And I remember crying in the nurses office trying to explain how I got homonal migraines and tried to explain the plethora of my problems and it wasn’t a viable answer. I was a young women very much in need of birth control, but unable to afford it. Because if I had birth control at the time, I’d be able to attend class. I’d be able to function and have a normal, regulated period like I should. And while not all people experience their periods like I do, many do. And they do deserve easy and affordable access to birth control. So think twice the next time you open your mouth about birth control. And don’t you dare try to demean me with the argument of me being too selfish and cheap to not spend a small insignificant amount on condoms or to close my legs. Because unless you experience what I do each and every month, I don’t want to hear it.