Consider this entirely realistic situation. A woman enters a buffer zone and heads haltingly toward the en­trance. A sidewalk counselor, such as petitioners, enters the buffer zone, approaches the woman and says, “If you have doubts about an abortion, let me try to answer any questions you may have. The clinic will not give you good information.” At the same time, a clinic employee, as instructed by the management, approaches the same woman and says, “Come inside and we will give you hon­est answers to all your questions.” The sidewalk counselor and the clinic employee expressed opposing viewpoints, but only the first violated the statute.
Or suppose that the issue is not abortion but the safety of a particular facility. Suppose that there was a recent report of a botched abortion at the clinic. A nonemployee may not enter the buffer zone to warn about the clinic’s health record, but an employee may enter and tell pro­spective clients that the clinic is safe.
It is clear on the face of the Massachusetts law that it discriminates based on viewpoint. Speech in favor of the clinic and its work by employees and agents is permitted; speech criticizing the clinic and its work is a crime. This is blatant viewpoint discrimination. (Alito’s opinion)
Well sure, except in the first instance a politically-motivated outsider is giving a non-medical opinion about a stranger’s health care and mischaracterizing the work of the clinic through the lens of their personal bias (“The clinic will not give you good information”), while the person employed by the clinic is assisting a client by providing reassurance that a medical facility licensed to practice medicine by the state board will give honest answers to the patient’s questions as required by law.
And in the second instance, again, a politically-motivated outsider is passing along a potentially unsubstantiated rumor OR information of a real anecdote that mischaracterizes the general safety and risk of the abortion procedure (which all reputable medical bodies holds is as safe as any other surgerical procedure) in order to frighten a patient and interfere with her health care, while the employee is, once again, providing unbiased and information substantiated by evidence, as again, clinics are licensed and reviewed by state medical boards and any actual misconduct or malpractice is the responsibility of the state to investigate, not random, biased, and untrained citizens.
The court presented this, as is now too depressingly common to be surprising, as a contest between two equally valid viewpoints and not, as it actually is, as a contest between unsubstantiated, religiously-motivated opinion and scientific fact.
Posted 4 weeks ago on June 26 with 37 notes

your-lies-ruin-lives:

It really annoys me when prolifers say that a pregnant person shouldn’t get an abortion to free themselves entirely from an abusive situation since an abusive relationship is better than “killing the child.” 

I decided to poke around on statistics and I found the following. 

"Pregnant and recently pregnant women are more likely to be victims of homicide than to die of any other cause , and evidence exists that a significant proportion of all female homicide victims are killed by their intimate partners." [X]

Around 324,000 women experience partner abuse during their pregnancy. 
26% of pregnant teens report their boyfriends abuse them and that it started or intensified when he was made aware of the pregnancy. [X]

"Pregnancy can be an especially dangerous time for women in abusive relationships, and abuse can often begin or escalate during the pregnancy." [X]

"Pregnant and recently pregnant women are more likely to be victims of homicide than to die of any other cause." [X]

Then I poked around on statistics about abusers reforming. It was dismal. Most of what I found mentioned the only way an abuser can change is if they WANT to change. The problem with abusers is that they don’t think there’s anything wrong with them. They think they are not only justified in their behavior but ALLOWED to since it’s their right. Then I poked around at custody laws with even abusive parents and that was even more grim. 

It’s hard to leave abusive relationships especially in the cases of the finances being controlled by the abusive partner, and the probability that everyone outside of that home thinks the abuser is a fantastic person and couldn’t ever possibly be abusive. So when a person is in abusive relationship and is pregnant, to leave, sometimes they have to cut the ties in any way possible. A judge is less likely to grand a restraining order for them if a kid’s involved unless there’s verified, repeated evidence. And a lot of abusers go to court, and never see jail time. Which just leaves that person in the world to be even more abusive because their character comes into question. 

So, put together the fact the law is hardly on the side of the victims, the custody laws, and the statistics with abusers severely abusing/killing their victims and you have a recipe for a necessity to get out at any cost. 

The whole system needs revamping there. But in the meantime, it is still going to be a necessary thing. To say otherwise is to say “I don’t care if you end up dead to your abuser. You’re staying pregnant.” 

Posted 6 months ago on January 15 with 1,215 notes · Source
doulaness:

4thwavefeminist:

Banning abortions endangers women’s health. PERIOD.

Unsafe abortion is the fourth leading direct cause of death worldwide according to the WHO.

doulaness:

4thwavefeminist:

Banning abortions endangers women’s health. PERIOD.

Unsafe abortion is the fourth leading direct cause of death worldwide according to the WHO.

Posted 6 months ago on January 9 with 510 notes · Source
thisgingeris-sp00ky:

yugijesus:

draugrr:

yugijesus:

Abortion in action. Do you want this to be you?

That is a motherfucking haunted house picture.

Cursing is not a good way to get your point across. Just shows how unintelligent you are.

Oh my god you’re my new favourite blog.


Heart surgery in action. Do you want this to be you?

thisgingeris-sp00ky:

yugijesus:

draugrr:

yugijesus:

Abortion in action. Do you want this to be you?

That is a motherfucking haunted house picture.

Cursing is not a good way to get your point across. Just shows how unintelligent you are.

Oh my god you’re my new favourite blog.

Heart surgery in action. Do you want this to be you?

Posted 10 months ago on September 17 with 73,528 notes · Source

Pro-Lifers Ask: What if Your Mother Had Aborted You? Heres My Answer. →

Posted 1 year ago on June 28 with 12 notes
frame—focus:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, on Sen. Wendy Davis (aka filibustering superwoman).
How about every woman must be given a chance to… choose what’s best for her and her family? Without some middle-aged, upper class white man telling her what to do?
I just… I can’t even. Get this fool out of office.

frame—focus:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, on Sen. Wendy Davis (aka filibustering superwoman).

How about every woman must be given a chance to… choose what’s best for her and her family? Without some middle-aged, upper class white man telling her what to do?

I just… I can’t even. Get this fool out of office.

Posted 1 year ago on June 27 with 25 notes

anti-choice protesters outside of abortion clinics are terrorists

Posted 1 year ago on June 10 with 1,123 notes

New Study Shows Anti-Choice Policies Leading to Widespread Arrests of and Forced Interventions on Pregnant Women →

stfuprolifers:

•A woman in Utah gave birth to twins. When one was stillborn, she was arrested and charged with criminal homicide based on the claim that her decision to delay cesarean surgery was the cause of the stillbirth.

•After a hearing that lasted less than a day, a court issued an order requiring a critically-ill pregnant woman in Washington, D.C. to undergo cesarean surgery over her objections. Neither she nor her baby survived.

•A judge in Ohio kept a woman imprisoned to prevent her from having an abortion.

•A woman in Oregon who did not comply with a doctor’s recommendation to have additional testing for gestational diabetes was subjected to involuntary civil commitment. During her detention, the additional testing was never performed.

•A Louisiana woman was charged with murder and spent approximately a year in jail before her counsel was able to show that what was deemed a murder of a fetus or newborn was actually a miscarriage that resulted from medication given to her by a health care provider.

•In Texas, a pregnant woman who sometimes smoked marijuana to ease nausea and boost her appetite gave birth to healthy twins. She was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance to a minor.

•A doctor in Wisconsin had concerns about a woman’s plans to have her birth attended by a midwife. As a result, a civil court order of protective custody for the woman’s fetus was obtained. The order authorized the sheriff’s department to take the woman into custody, transport her to a hospital, and subject her to involuntary testing and medical treatment.

 

Posted 1 year ago on June 3 with 22,772 notes

Seriously though, if “they might have cured cancer!” is an argument against abortion, is “they might have been a serial killer!” an argument in favor of it?

Posted 1 year ago on May 13 with 43 notes

Pro-Lifers Really Don’t Get It

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.”

Posted 1 year ago on December 12 with 89 notes · Source
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