Posts tagged abortion
Posts tagged abortion
These wonderful infographics about reproductive health were recently released by The Guttmacher Institute, a foundation which aims to advance knowledge of reproductive health worldwide. They also bust myths surrounding abortion and reproductive health with this super amazing tool called “science.”
These infographics show the often sad realities of abortion in America — for many facing unintended pregnancy, it’s a nearly unattainable, expensive procedure with barriers that worsen for those who are in poverty or are people of color.
So, so excellently said.
The so-called “pro-life” movement’s philosophy.
Rachel Maddow shares a clip from an Al Jazeera documentary featuring an Ohio State Legislator who is advocating extreme anti-abortion legislation.
“It’s a question I have never thought about.”
“Women, they argue, won’t connect Akin to the rest of the GOP.
“I don’t think women are going to think that this person who clearly had an outrageous interview is the party,” Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said on CNN’ Thursday morning. Women are concerned about the economy, she said.
Hutchison did admit that Akin’s comments were a poorly timed “diversion” from the issues the party should be addressing.
The outgoing Texas senator also argued that the party platform drafted this week in Tampa, which calls for an abortion ban without exceptions for rape and incest, likewise would not alienate women. “I don’t think that anything that was said in the platform is against the focus on protecting life whenever possible,” she said. “And I think most people agree with that.”
Paul Ryan, who has been forced to answer questions about his own opposition to rape and incest exemptions this week, similarly suggested that that fallout over Akin wouldn’t ultimately harm the party.
“And I don’t think [women] going to take the bait of all these distractions that the president is trying to throw at them.”
Other Republicans simply hope that abortion isn’t important enough to women to cost them votes.”
For anyone who’s missed it, over the weekend Rep. Todd Akin said that “legitimate rape” doesn’t result in pregnancy because “the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.”
Feministing contributor Chloe says (among other brilliant things):
“I also want to thank him for revealing the contempt and mistrust that lies at the heart of so much anti-choice rhetoric. The contempt for women who have sex for pleasure and accidentally get pregnant. The mistrust of women that feeds the belief that we lie about being raped so we can get abortions, and the mistrust of women that justifies the idea that we don’t know when we’ve been raped and that politicians get to decide that for us.
I want to thank him for demonstrating the complete disregard for women that is necessary for a person to want to ban abortion. Notice that in his response, he mentioned the hypothetical rapist, and the “child,” but he didn’t mention the woman. The woman who has been raped and is now pregnant and will now be forced to give birth to her rapist’s baby because the government says so. Because what she wants isn’t relevant in this situation.”
That’s why people tend to focus on the “dirty slut who couldn’t keep her legs shut” angle or they simply accuse the mothers of being irresponsible, making poor choices, and therefore deserving of any economic punishment they (and also their children) receive for carrying a pregnancy to term. The key to so many pro-life arguments is shame and punishment. Shame them for being dumb or loose enough to get pregnant in the first place, then argue if society punishes them with a baby, it’s no less than they deserve. Warped, but that’s how it works.
read this article, it’s 100% incredible.
I am not joking when I say that women used to try ridiculous things to miscarry— drinking turpentine, purposefully falling down stairs, starving, purging, taking poisons, etc. It doesn’t matter what the reasons were— they were serious enough to do things like this.
I’ve read accounts of women inserting small explosives into their vaginas. Like, actual accounts, from doctors and nurses who tried to save them (spoiler alert: trying to blow up your womb will kill you).
When abortion was illegal, women put explosives in their vaginas. ANY anti-choice argument is invalid.