Or they just don’t care if you know they don’t care about what criminalizing abortion would mean for women.
On Monday, a pro-choice blogger called out “the worst marketing decision ever”: An Ohio dry cleaner who puts pro-life messages on wire coat hangers.
Springdale Cleaners, a dry cleaning chain with 10 locations in the Greater Cincinnati area, returns laundered clothing to customers on hangers that read “Choose Life” beside an image of the owner’s granddaughter.
“I think it’s the perfect place to advertise a pro-life message,” Springdale Cleaners owner Paul Dehler told HuffPost. The 66-year-old said he printed the images on the hangers to support his sister, who’s opposed to women’s right to choose an abortion.
“I don’t get into all that,” Dehler said of the abortion debate. “I’m just putting the message out there, and doing it for my sister.”
(Source: The Huffington Post)
Women are “equal,” at least legally, in our country. We have all the same rights as men, we have the right to abortion and birth control. We have been granted the right to manage our reproductive abilities.
Get that? Granted.
As in it wasn’t considered inalienable. It was decided on, by a bunch of men.
And it is in jeopardy, because it can still be taken away. By a bunch of men.
I’m not interested in “equality” without changing the overriding culture because any equality we are granted can be taken away. As long as the patriarchy exists, as long as we keep raising children with the idea that women’s bodies and women’s reproductive abilities are public goods, are communal property, and are subject to the philosophical and religious whims of other people, it can be taken away. As long as this system exists, we are not equal. We are always on dangerous ground. We will always have our rights chipped away at, we will always have legislators comparing us to livestock and putting more and more restrictions on when and how and why we can control our own bodies. We will always be vulnerable as long as our bodies are not thought of as really and truly ours.
I am not interested in equality because equality is tenuous. I am not interested in equality because rights that are thought of as granted can always be taken away.
Women got the right to vote in 1920, the right to birth control in 1960, and the right to abortion in 1973. Women still only make up 16.8% of representatives in congress today, our right to access birth control is still under attack, and we are two or three supreme court justices away from losing the right to abortion.
Tell women those facts and ask them how equality in this system is working out for them.
Tell me these facts and then ask me why I want to burn the whole thing to the ground and start over again.
ETA: Because the universe is like that, here’s an article that was posted immediately after I posted this, where a Tea Party members says the country would be better if women can’t vote. Because even that isn’t inalienable people.
This hijacking of the trappings of the women’s movement to try and shape abortion as a feminist matter because XX fetuses are also aborted is absolutely infuriating and so transparent I can’t believe anyone would think this was a good tactic.
That bans abortions after twenty weeks, including cases of fetal abnormality. Many Pro Choicers are focusing on the fact that this would force families to carry nonviable pregnancies to term, which I agree is rough for those (only non viable) cases.
However, this also means that a woman cannot decide that they want to kill her child after twenty weeks simply because one of his legs looks longer in an ultrasound. Because that technically is a fetal abnormality.
oh my god
no one has ever done that, and no one ever will
Has no problem with women having to carry non-viable fetuses to term/risking sepsis by having to wait until dead fetuses are expelled naturally/having to give birth to fetuses with horrible genetic defects like Tay Sachs.
Has a HUGE problem with an imaginary case in which a woman would abort a fetus because “one of their legs looks longer than the other” on a grainy ultrasound.
Pro-life, everyone. Pro-life, anti-choice, anti-logic.
It’s inside my body
it’s grown from my body
it feeds itself from my body, while depleting nutrients from my body
it can ruin my body
it is the cause of possibly permanent hormonal and physical changes in my body
It cannot survive outside of my body (for a certain amount of time)
It would not exist if it were not for my body
I’m pretty sure it’s still my fucking body, and my choice what to do with it is still inside of my body.
Also: Backing a decision for a law with a scripture is poor debate skills.
Pro-lifers are pathologically unable to represent fetuses at accurate stages of development for when abortion is legal and possible. If you had a legitimate argument, you wouldn’t have to rely on scripture and emotional manipulation to make it.
I’ve seen a lot of posts going around lately of people who need help paying for an abortion procedure, and I know I’ve blogged about this before, but it bears repeating. The National Network of Abortion Funds has groups available all over the country to give grants to women* in need of help. Please keep their information and pass it around to your friends so people know there are options.
Been awhile and it popped up in my notifications again, so time for a reblog.
But that doesn’t keep them from trying to restrict abortion.
OH SHI —
[TW: Violence, Right Wing Extremism, Terrorism]
Murders in the US:
- March 10, 1993: Dr. David Gunn of Pensacola, Florida was fatally shot during a protest. He had been the subject of wanted-style posters distributed by Operation Rescue in the summer of 1992. Michael F. Griffin was found guilty of Gunn’s murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
- July 29, 1994: Dr. John Britton and James Barrett, a clinic escort, were both shot to death outside another facility, the Ladies Center, in Pensacola. Rev. The clinic in Pensacola had been bombed before and was also bombed subsequently, in 1984 and 2012.
- December 30, 1994: Two receptionists, Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols, were killed in two clinic attacks in Brookline, Massachusetts. Salvi had also confessed to a non-lethal attack in Norfolk, Virginiadays before the Brookline killings.
- January 29, 1998: Robert Sanderson, an off-duty police officer who worked as a security guard at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, was killed when his workplace was bombed.Eric Robert Rudolph, who was also responsible for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing.
- October 23, 1998: Dr. Barnett Slepian was shot to death with a high-powered rifle at his home in Amherst, New York. His was the last in a series of similar shootings against providers in Canada and northern New York state which were all likely committed by James Kopp.
- May 31, 2009: Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed by Scott Roeder as Tiller served as an usher at church in Wichita, Kansas.
Attempted murders in the US:
- August 19, 1993: Dr. George Tiller was shot outside of an abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas.
- July 29, 1994: June Barret was shot in the same attack which claimed the lives of James Barrett, her husband, and Dr. John Britton.
- December 30, 1994: Five individuals were wounded in the shootings which killed Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols.
- October 28, 1997: Dr. David Gandell of Rochester, New York was injured by flying glass when a shot was fired through the window of his home.
- January 29, 1998: Emily Lyons, a nurse, was severely injured, and lost an eye, in the bombing which also killed Robert Sanderson.
Arson, bombing, and property crime:
- December 25, 1984: An abortion clinic and two physicians’ offices in Pensacola, Florida were bombed in the early morning of Christmas Day by a quartet of young people (Matt Goldsby, Jimmy Simmons, Kathy Simmons, Kaye Wiggins) who later called the bombings “a gift to Jesus on his birthday.” The clinic, the Ladies Center, would later be the site of the murder of Dr. John Britton and James Barrett in 1994 and a firebombing in 2012.
- May 21, 1998: Three people were injured when acid was poured at the entrances of five abortion clinics in Miami, Florida.
- October 1999: Martin Uphoff set fire to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- May 28, 2000: An arson at a clinic in Concord, New Hampshire resulted in several thousand dollars’ worth of damage.
- September 30, 2000: John Earl, a Catholic priest, drove his car into the Northern Illinois Health Clinic after learning that the FDA had approved the drug RU-486. He pulled out an ax before being forced to the ground by the owner of the building
- June 11, 2001: An unsolved bombing at a clinic in Tacoma, Washington destroyed a wall, resulting in $6,000 in damages.
- July 4, 2005: A clinic Palm Beach, Florida was the target of an arson.
- December 12, 2005: Patricia Hughes and Jeremy Dunahoe threw a Molotov cocktail at a clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana.
- September 13, 2006 David McMenemy of Rochester Hills, Michigan, crashed his car into the Edgerton Women’s Care Center in Davenport, Iowa. He then doused the lobby in gasoline and started a fire. McMenemy committed these acts in the belief that the center was performing abortions; however, Edgerton is not an abortion clinic. Time magazine listed the incident in a “Top 10 Inept Terrorist Plots” list.
- April 25, 2007: A package left at a women’s health clinic in Austin, Texas, contained an explosive device capable of inflicting serious injury or death. A bomb squad detonated the device after evacuating the building.
- May 9, 2007: An unidentified person deliberately set fire to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
- December 6, 2007: Chad Altman and Sergio Baca were arrested for the arson of Dr. Curtis Boyd’s clinic in Albuquerque.
- January 22, 2009 Matthew L. Derosia, 32, who was reported to have had a history of mental illness rammed an SUV into the front entrance of a Planned Parenthood clinic
- January 1, 2012 Bobby Joe Rogers, 41, firebombed the American Family Planning Clinic in Pensacola, Florida with a Molotov cocktail; the fire gutted the building. Rogers told investigators that he was motivated to commit the crime by his opposition to abortion, and that what more directly prompted the act was seeing a patient enter the clinic during one of the frequent anti-abortion protests there. The clinic had previously been bombed at Christmas in 1984 and was the site of the murder of Dr. John Britton and James Barrett in 1994.
- April 1, 2012 A bomb exploded on the windowsill of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin,
Anthrax Threats in the US:
- The first hoax letters claiming to contain anthrax were mailed to U.S. clinics in October 1998, a few days after the Slepian shooting; since then, there have been 655 such bioterror threats made against abortion providers. None of the “anthrax” in these cases was real.
- November 2001: After the genuine 2001 anthrax attacks, Clayton Waagner mailed hoax letters containing a white powder to 554 clinics. On December 3, 2003, Waagner was convicted of 51 charges relating to the anthrax scare.
Known and Record Incidences in Australia:
- July 16, 2001: Steven Rogers, a security guard at a clinic in Melbourne, Australia was shot in the chest and killed by Peter James Knight.
- January 6, 2009: A firebombing using Molotov cocktails was attempted at a medical clinic in Mosman Park, Western Australia.
Attempted Murders in Canada:
- November 8, 1994: Dr. Garson Romalis, 57, of Vancouver, British Columbia was shot and seriously wounded. Dr. Romalis saved his own life by using his bathrobe belt as a tourniquet. Dr. Romalis still performs abortions and has become more outspoken about abortion rights since he was shot, citing the harm done to women by illegal abortion and the thousands of cases of septic abortion that came to his hospital in residency.
- November 10, 1995: Dr. Hugh Short, 62, of Ancaster, Ontario was shot.
- November 11, 1997: Dr. Jack Fainman, 66, of Winnipeg, Manitoba was shot and is still performing abortions.
- July 11, 2000: Dr. Romalis was stabbed by an unidentified assailant in the lobby of his clinic.
Bombing and property damage in Canada:
- February 25, 1990: Two men broke into a clinic in Vancouver and destroyed $C30,000 worth of medical equipment with crowbars.
- May 18, 1992: A Toronto clinic operated by Henry Morgentaler was firebombed, causing the entire front wall of the building to collapse. The Morgentaler Clinic on Harbord Street inToronto was firebombed during the night by two people (caught on security camera) using gasoline and a firework to set off the explosion. The next day, clinic management announced that the firebombing failed to prevent any abortions, since all scheduled abortions were carried out in alternative locations. A portion of a the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, next door, was damaged. No one was hurt but the building had to be demolished. On the day after the firebombing, Morgentaler came to inspect the damage and a crowd of abortion-rights supporters appeared at the clinic with signs that read, “Just Say No to Bombs.” As a result of the arson, the Ontario government decided to spend $420,000 on improved security for abortion clinics. At the time, all four free-standing clinics in Ontario were in Toronto. The government wanted to gather information about activities by pro-life sympathizers.
More info: Violence Done by ‘Army of God’
And these are just the recorded incidences.
That list was compiled by the incredibly appropriately named “stfuprolife”
It was a dick and unnecessary move, yeah, but it’s hardly fucking equivalent, you shits
Reblaggin for the list. Yes sir, pro-choicers are terrorists. Pro-lifers are not. Uh huh. Fuck off.
Your equivalency, it is false.