"I have a tilted uterus and during my last pregnancy, I lost 6 liters of blood. I almost died. I can’t have this baby. Why don’t they understand that?"

Weeping client talking to me today.  They tried to goad her companion into a fist fight so they could call the police and have him arrested, therefore she couldn’t have the procedure.

She was crying and screaming for them to leave her alone.  They wouldn’t, and her companion got angry.

I told her that I have no idea why they can’t understand it.  My guess is, that they don’t care about you or your partner, only the fetus that could kill you.

She was very upset, so I let her and her companion wait in my car.  She thanked me and said “I’m glad you are here.  He would have hit that guy if you all had not walked with us”.

She walked into the clinic tear free, but still with anti’s trailing behind her shouting.  The escort presence gave her space and a buffer from the harassment.

That is why I escort.  That is why I do it.

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albinwonderland:

fandomsandfeminism:

betterthanabortion:

"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.

Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this…cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon. 
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy. 
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died. 
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies. 

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albinwonderland:

fandomsandfeminism:

betterthanabortion:

"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.

Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.

See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this…cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon. 

Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy. 

To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died. 

You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies. 

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"In this case Alicia Beltran, a 28-year-old pregnant woman, sought early prenatal care and confided in health care workers about her prior use of painkillers and her efforts to end that use on her own. Instead of commending Ms. Beltran for her progress, she was arrested on July 18, 2013 by Wisconsin law enforcement officials. She was arrested under a Wisconsin law passed in the guise of protecting fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses from any pregnant woman who “habitually lacks self-control in the use of alcohol or controlled substances.” According to papers filed with the court, Ms. Beltran was forcibly taken into custody by law enforcement when she was 15 weeks pregnant, put into handcuffs and shackles, and brought to a court hearing. Although a lawyer had already been appointed to represent her fetus, Ms. Beltran had no right to counsel — and therefore had no attorney — at her initial court appearance. Then, without testimony from a single medical expert, the court ordered her to be detained at an inpatient drug treatment program two hours from her home."

National Advocates for Pregnant Women: First Fed Challenge To Pregnant Woman’s Arrest Under “Personhood”-Like Measure

In case there’s any question that “personhood” laws exist exclusively to deny people with uteruses personhood.

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wocinsolidarity:

queerness-and-coffeebeans:

blackest—raven:

amydentata:

More important than the freedom to choose is what choices are actually made available.

Important.


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wocinsolidarity:

queerness-and-coffeebeans:

blackest—raven:

amydentata:

More important than the freedom to choose is what choices are actually made available.

Important.

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darecrowavis:

simsgonewrong:

So one of my sims died, and the grim reaper turned up to do his business, but then another of my sims went into labour and the grim reaper started freaking the hell out 

"THIS IS NOT MY JOB. THIS IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF MY JOB."

darecrowavis:

simsgonewrong:

So one of my sims died, and the grim reaper turned up to do his business, but then another of my sims went into labour and the grim reaper started freaking the hell out 

"THIS IS NOT MY JOB. THIS IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF MY JOB."

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theburnblogbklyn:

eziohighschoolauditorium:

eziohighschoolauditorium:

why would i want to carry around some alien in my stomach for 9 months to then have it pushed out of my vagina to then have to take care of it for 18 years like why does that sound like fun why do people keep telling me i’m going to want to do that one day what…

wow i couldve sworn noone asked you for your opinion on a personal post about my feelings about pregnancy yet you chose to give it anyways
congratulations
i dont care

Wow I could’ve sworn your “personal post about your feelings about pregnancy” was formulated in to a question and was posted public on a public site. And yea I can give my opinion whether you asked for it or not. And I also didn’t disregard how you felt…I said it was neither wrong nor right and said the same about my opinion. And it’s ok if you don’t care. Have a great day!

like, seriously who the fuck told you your thoughts and feelings were so important you have to barf them all over people who are telling you to fuck off? someone lied to you.

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biyuti:

girljanitor:

liamdryden:

lo-db:

socialistexan:

isaaccorbanwelch:

hey look bmo

A discussion of pop culture, third wave feminism, and gender that isn’t terrible or cissexist, hooray PBSIdea channel!

this is really, really good. he switches bmo’s pronouns throughout the video and also gives a good and respectful explanation of gender

PBSIdeaChannel is really great you guys

I actually thought this was a hot mess.

-20 points for white guy invoking Sweet Brown

-20 points for not really understanding the difference between trans*, genderqueer, and the radical feminism “gender abolishment” thing

-5 points for strongly associating distancing oneself from traditional femininity as “feminism”

-10 points for erasure of intersex people

"They explain that gender discourse is about connecting concepts of “women" and “man" grounded in reproductive biological theory and practice to a wide array of other theories and practices."

^ I’m not really sure this sentence makes any sense.

"…but this can be downright imprisoning to people who do not feel the gender that their bodies have assigned to them."

"their bodies"

ehhhhhhh.

+10 points for an exhaustive catalog of the ways BMO expresses both genders (BOTH, not neither)

-5 points for confusing and unnecessary verbiage about linguistics

+5 points for Levar Burton the genderless Bubble

-20 points for “can-do attitude” and “love of adventure” as essentially male characteristics

I dunno. I sort of hate this guy’s face a lot so your mileage may vary.

I just can’t get over the notion that if one is not a biological essentialist, they must be a 3rd wave feminist… or embodying third wave feminism in some important respect.

no thanks

the way i embody my gender is (shockingly) not a result of white women’s feminism

"this is for white ppl" is one of those things that almost all critiques of popular media kinda boils down to and generally comes back to…

the way i embody my gender is something white women stole the idea of feminism from, and continue to make money off of to this day.

Honestly I REALLY like BMO’s character and gender presentation/expression/fluidity, which is much more normalized on the show than this video even makes it out to be.

Also, BMO’s Pregnant Song is probably the best thing ever.

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mothercultureone:

ancient-song-doula-services:

Ancient Song in the community on Church & East 35th street! Come check us out! #nyc #brooklyn #vegan #woc #doula #midwife #reproductivehealth (at Caribbean Women’s Health Association)

Beautiful work!

cute! i love the tree shirt!

mothercultureone:

ancient-song-doula-services:

Ancient Song in the community on Church & East 35th street! Come check us out! #nyc #brooklyn #vegan #woc #doula #midwife #reproductivehealth (at Caribbean Women’s Health Association)

Beautiful work!

cute! i love the tree shirt!

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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.

 INTERSECTIONALITY CHECK OF THE DAY

It is very important to note that this sort of thing is happening not only to women, but all people capable of pregnancy.

Also, it’s very, VERY important to note WHICH women this is happening to, which I wrote about a few months ago:

When feminists decry the horrific new developments in regard to the criminalization of pregnancy, i.e. people with uteri who are prosecuted and/or sent to prison for refusing a c-section, having a miscarriage or stillbirth, having a mental illness, being perceived as “irresponsible”, et cetera.

White women: “this is happening to women!!!” News stories invariably show the pregnant bellies of white women. The stories are written by white women, and are addressed to white women. (Which is also cissexist.)

This is happening to Black and Native American women like Regina McKnight and Martha Greywind:

First, we describe characteristics of the women and the cases, finding that low-income women and women of color, especially African American women, are overrepresented among those who have been arrested or subjected to equivalent deprivations of liberty.

who are poor, and often living in the South, with its rich history of forced sterilizations and eugenics. South Carolina especially showed preference for sterilizing African American women.

From the report:

For example, in South Carolina thirty-four of ninety-three cases came from the contiguous counties of Charleston and Berkeley.

Regina McKnight suffered a miscarriage due to an infection. She served EIGHT YEARS of  TWELVE-YEAR SENTENCE despite the fact that her counsel failed to provide adequate defense.

Martina Greywind was arrested 12 weeks into her pregnancy, and charged with reckless endangerment for being pregnant while homeless. She was able to gain release for a medical appointment. She summarily got an abortion, upon which the state offical position was “Defendant has made it known to the State that shehas terminated her pregnancy. Consequently, the controversial legal issues presented are no longer ripe for litigation.” and the prosecutor commented that it was, “no longer worth the time or expense to prosecute her.”

Michelle Marie Greenup was charged with second-degree murder after a miscarriage, and although the murder charge was eventually dropped, she was only released on the condition that she plead guilty to “improper disposal of human remains”, even though the miscarried fetus could only have been 11-15 weeks at the time.

Rachael Lowe was arrested when she went to try and receive treatment for an addiction to pain medication because she was found to be pregnant. She was forcibly committed to a mental hospital, where she received NO prenatal care and many prescription drugs like Xanax against her will. Despite the court announcing that she would be released, she nevertheless remained in custody for the remainder of her pregnancy under state supervision, and was fired from her job as a result.

Laura Pemberton was arrested at her home where she was attempting a home birth, under the pretext that she was “endangering the life” of her unborn child by refusing to have a caesarian section. A sheriff took her into custody, strapped her legs together, and took her to a hearing in progress, in which she was denied counsel AS SHE WAS BEING PREPPED FOR SURGERY. The judge compelled her to undergo surgery against her will. When she later sued for violation of her civil rights, the judge ruled that the rights of her unborn child outweighed her rights under the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments.

Out of all these women, only Laura Pemberton is white.

kawesome86:

girljanitor:

vividgrim:

jadzbionic:

pocproblems:

girljanitor:

cyberfawn:

I’m all for women’s rights and stuff but like some people take it too far idk like obviously there are things that we need to work on as a society and there’s a whole lot wrong with societies views of women and the way we are expected to act but like a 12 year old girl was shot in the face for trying to go to school in Afghanistan?? idk in America we have it pretty good I guess I feel like a lot of the time ppl are just looking for something to complain about

I would like to show you how ass-ignorant you are right now.

Remember when a 7 year old girl IN AMERICA WAS LIT ON FIRE AND SHOT BY THE POLICE FOR EXISTING???

Or when Tanya McDowell, a Black single mother sent her child to a school outside her district  in hopes of getting the child a better education, received a 5 year prison sentence?????

Remember when Joe Arpaio is too busy forcing women to give birth in CHAINS to even both to investigate OVER 400 RAPES in his jurisdiction?

Or when the number of women in poverty are at an all-time historic high RIGHT NOW?

And that women of color are TWICE as likely to be poor as white women?

Or when the Scott sisters received life sentences for stealing $11 as teens?

Or when Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot from a gun she legally owned at her abuser who was threatening to kill her, 9 days after giving birth?

Or when CeCe McDonald was put into prison for DEFENDING HERSELF AGAINST A NEO-NAZI TRYING TO KILL HER?

Or when South Carolina sterilized over 7,000 people, mostly Black women?


Or when Regina McKnight, Laura Pemberton, Rachel Lowe, Martina Greywind, Michelle Marie Greenup, and countless other women have been thrown in jail for being PREGNANT?

BUT YEAH WOMEN IN AMERICA HAVE IT PRETTY GOOD, RIGHT?

SHUT UP WITH YOU WHITE SAVIOR BULLSHIT AND CLEAN UP YOUR OWN FUCKING HOUSE BEFORE YOU START FUCKING AROUND IN OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES.

I’d also like to add that [from wikipedia] “In the United States, the median income for women is roughly 77% of the median income for men.”

^ that’s for WHITE women compared to WHITE men.  black men make less than white woman, and black women make even less than black men.  post-racial society, indeed.

B O L D E D

welp, this was pretty detailed. won’t say thorough because there’s definitely more.

Sadly, there’s always more. There’s probably ten more just from today. Honestly there’s no way to be thorough outside of writing a fuckin encyclopedia.