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Why anti-choicers are anti-woman

20 Apr

Allow me to make my disclaimer up front – I understand that some people who don’t believe in abortion have honest, valid reasons and do their best to support women in other ways. I really do. This post is not directed at those individuals. Okay, got that? Good, moving on.

In my debates or mere “eavesdropping” with anti-choicers, I often hear that they’re just trying to “save the woman.” To which I say please. You could care less about that woman. You don’t even really care all that much about your precious fetus. You only care about slut-shaming.

Yeah, I said it.

How could I say such terrible things? Let’s think about this for a minute. You stand outside Planned Parenthood, a.k.a. “The Enemy,” protesting and screaming profanities at the poor women who go in there. Unfortunately, you fail to realize or accept that abortion only makes up 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services, while the rest are life-saving exams, cancer screenings, STI testing, birth control (which, hey, prevents pregnancy and abortion), and education. You berate women who choose to have an abortion for a variety of reasons. You lie about pregnancy statistics to attempt to get your way. All in the name of the fetus.

Who needs a voice anyway?

What you don’t do is support the woman, even if she chooses to keep the baby. According to the USDA, “It will cost a middle-class U.S. family about $222,360 to raise a child born in 2009 to the age of 17.” That’s more money than some people will ever make, but I don’t see you guiding these women to a better job or helping them raise their child. I don’t even see you helping women make smarter sexual choices before getting pregnant – in fact, you’re often against comprehensive sex education, which drastically reduces the rate of teenage pregnancy. Finally, you’re trying to dismantle an organization that provides this education and free or low-cost birth control to women so that women don’t have to make that difficult choice.

TRUTH.

But, wait, women have the right to choose? No wonder you hate us.

Lisa Edelstein and MoveOn create repro rights ad

16 Feb

In a bold move, Lisa Edelstein teamed up with repro rights champions MoveOn.org to create an ad about abortion and women’s rights. Lisa narrates about the multiple attacks on women’s rights while she walks down a hallway. I particularly like this line: “So when the Republican Party launched an all out assault on women’s health, pushing bills to limit access to vital services, why is the GOP trying to send women back … to the back alley?” The ad ends with her opening the door to a coat hanger.

Check out the video: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/16/house-actress-lisa-edelst_n_823972.html?ir=Politics

I like this ad because it screams honesty. Women who are considering an abortion are not heartless, cruel people who do this every so often. They’re women who understand that they have – and deserve! – options. They’re scared, not only because it’s a medical procedure, but because they know uncaring people will shame them for the choice they have every right to make. Most of all, this ad is right – that’s an option that we will drive women back to if the anti-choicers who “respect life” win.

Right to speak?

7 Feb

Clearly I’m a pro-choicer – if you haven’t gotten that by now, you haven’t been reading this blog. I have to say, though, that I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinions – I mean, that’s one of the guiding principles of the pro-choice movement. You can perhaps understand my mixed emotions, therefore, when I read that Carleton University banned anti-choice clubs. It should be noted immediately that this is not the first school to ban anti-choice clubs, but for some reason (perhaps because of the heated political wars going on), it’s getting a fair amount of press.

In case you’re wondering if this is just another one of those media attempts to blow everything out of proportion, here’s the language:

The Carleton anti-abortion club was told their constitution conflicts with the association’s discrimination on campus policy. That policy reads: “any campaign, distribution, solicitation, lobbying effort, display, event etc. that seeks to limit or remove a woman’s right to choose her options in the case of pregnancy will not be supported.”

I can’t lie – language like that makes me incredibly happy. It makes me wish I lived in Canada. The problem I have with it is that it isn’t fair. As I said before, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, even if I don’t agree with them. It does bring in elements of freedom of speech, which, granted, is an American law and this is happening in Canada.

That being said, here’s where my mixed emotions come into play. How many times have anti-choice groups taunted/hurt/abused/ridiculed/SHOT people who dare to disagree with their beliefs? These club members may not be violent, but you have to admit that there’s a bonafide reason for this ban. Not only that, I have personally dealt with a conservative college administration who would allow all sorts of anti-choice rhetoric, but would not allow a women’s rights group to conduct all of the activities of V-Day, stating that some of them were “lewd” – which was bullshit.

I don’t know how I feel about this. Part of me feels justified, part of me feels ashamed for thinking that. What are your thoughts on the ban?

Lovers and Haters of the Day

28 Jan

I like to post really offensive comments occasionally, not to upset people, but to show how far we have to go. The article (which is great) talks about supporting repro rights in Maine: http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/01/27/opinion/supporting-reproductive-rights-of-maine-women/ Feel free to read the article and definitely feel free to comment on the comments!

First, the offensive comment by EJParsons: Just wow.

“Reproductive rights = the right to reproduce; not the right to terminate the life of an unborn child.”

So I exist not to have my own life – because that would be ludicrous – but to birth ’em out. How exciting.

Thank God people like HankWilliams exists to contradict:

“I am seriously tired of those who would paint this complex issue in black and white. A society that seeks to deprive women of control over the reproductive process is a society in which women are second-class citizens. It stretches scientific and philosophic credulity to assign full human rights to a zygote immediately after conception. It’s also problematic to deny the humanity of an eighth-month fetus (though late-term abortions are a tiny percentage of all abortions and are usually done for medical reasons, like saving the life of the mother). For a good, balanced, thoughtful treatment of the subject, I suggest the chapter on abortion in Carl Sagan’s last book, Billions and Billions, published after his death in 1996. Humans will likely be debating this subject a thousand years from now. But spare me the “evil” and “murderer” rhetoric. It does nothing but reveal your own ignorance.”

I fully agree with Hank’s comment. I’m a hardcore pro-choicer, but I understand that people view fetuses differently. There is a very gray line on when that fetus becomes a child and I don’t think anybody has the answer to that. But shoving your opinion down everyone’s throats instead of being willing to have an open conversation about it is NOT the answer, I know that much.