This is an amazingly powerful, clear and well-researched article that exposes how the “pro-life” movement is anything but.
I don’t understand how anyone, but white anti-choicers first and foremost, can talk about abortion as “war on black children” with a straight face while actual black children are being gunned down in the streets and pregnant black women are being tasered by police and black mothers are being vilified for any and all of their choices and circumstances.
Today we had the the pro-life group out on campus with 4,000 little white crosses to represent the 4,000 abortions that occur each day.
You really do nothing at all by setting up some crosses and a booth where you pretend that you’re really bummed out that these potential people didn’t actually happen. Why don’t you try focusing on the people who are actually here and suffering and dying and not living full and potential lives? REALLY make a change in a LIVING person’s life and save the ones who are about to die because they don’t have clean drinking water or because they are abused or they are hungry.
That’s the problem with these pro-life groups. They spend so much time on people that don’t exist and not enough time on the one’s that are here. Once it’s out of the womb, you no longer crusade for its rights and well-being. You don’t worry about what will happen to it after its born.
And I know why that is. It’s easier. It’s easier to fight for a cause where you can automatically set yourself up for failure and it’s still ok because then you can just set up a memorial and blame other people for your failure. You don’t have to worry about looking someone in the eye and saying “I failed to help them” because you know that you’ll never have to face the ones you’re trying to help. It’s much harder to make a change in a real human being’s life. It takes so much more effort than sitting in a chair behind a table with some pamphlets. In the real world, trying to help a human being means doing more than giving a smile, a piece of candy and hoping for the best. “Pro-life” advocacy is slacktivism at its finest.
FINALLY someone articulates why the anti-choice chalkings on campus get under my skin so badly. Thank you.
This is just…awesome.
TRIGGER WARNING: rape, rape culture, pro-life bullshit
[Image: A black and white photo of a young woman dressed as the statue of Justice. She is lifting her eye covering up to reveal one eye and holding the scale in the other. Text is a quote from Bryan Kemper, “If abortion is health care, then rape is aggressive flirting.” Credited to Abolish Human Abortion. End description.]
Can someone with a pretty popular blog please repost this?! WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?!?!?!??!
What the fuck.
I hate this swastika-symbol-stealing group.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME.
- DO NOT
- SAY THAT
- ANYTHING THAT IS NOT RAPE
- IS REMOTELY LIKE RAPE
- TO DO SO MAKES YOU AN ASSHOLE CONTRIBUTING TO THE MONSTER THAT IS RAPE CULTURE
[Image: animated gif of George Takei saying sternly, “You are a douchebag. That’s right: a douchebag.” End description.]
COME GET YOUR PEOPLE.
Stop the world I want to get off.
Wow, no. The falsest of equivalences. If your cause (end abortion because BABIES) needs to appropriate rape, slavery and the Holocaust to further it, maybe it’s not such a great cause. -Jess
what is with people and doing this
I’m sorry, you’re pro what, again?
These people are so disgusting. I’m sorry, I try not to generalize, but anti-choicers are all carbon copies of each other; religious extremists with no respect for anyone’s autonomy or beliefs but their own.
59,000? Yeah….no. They’re gross.
Might be a rerun on my blog, and if it is, it’s worth repeating.
If I get pregnant, I’ll be responsible by getting a goddamn abortion. If you can’t trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with a child? You can go piss right off.
The logic of, “you messed up, here’s another life to raise and take care of as a punishment,” amazes me.
Also, lol at those “models”.
People do realize they’re not shaped this way though, right.
They’re a clump of cells. They don’t hold a human-ish shape. They don’t even have a lot of their vital organs.
What is wrong with people.
And I don’t know why people think it is. I mean, I am both pro life and pro choice, technically. Ideally, the kid doesn’t have to be aborted, and can grow up and be happy and everything (which is being pro life) but that also means I know that every circumstance is not the same and every woman deserves the right to choose what to do with her body. And it is up to her. Her choice to keep the baby or not.
It’s not like pro-choice people think all babies should be aborted, you know. We don’t hate babies. We just respect every woman’s right to her body and choices.
I am 19 years old. I am turning 20 in June. I have never had sex. I dated once, in my sophomore year of high school. The most me and my boyfriend did? Hold hands.
I am the goddamn poster child for abstinence.
Guess what? I’m also on birth control. I’ve been on birth control for almost a year now. It was literally the best health decision I’ve made for myself.
Just because you aren’t fucking doesn’t mean you shouldn’t educate yourself about your body. Sexual health isn’t something you ignore until you have sex.
Problems can happen with your reproductive system that are completely outside of sexual activity. Cysts, bleeding, heavy cramps, irregular periods and what about the HPV vaccine? Do you know you should get the HPV vaccine before you start doing something sexual with someone? That you can never have sex and still contract HPV?
PP helped me get birth control to regulate my period, eliminate my debilitating cramps, and be able to keep down a job. I’m a poor college kid who is barred from using my parents’ insurance to get pills that have greatly increased my quality of life. Guess who pushed me in the right direction for getting my own insurance?
No one is telling you to fuck. If you don’t want to fuck until marriage, that’s fantastic! If you want to fuck right now, that’s fantastic! Regardless of what you choose, your sexual health is your health. Do not be ignorant about it. Do not. Do not. DO NOT. Shame other people for whatever choice they choose to make about their sex life.
To begin, I would love to live in a country where no one is ‘aloud.’ All auctions would be silent auctions, it’d be great. Further note, buying a deserted island where I can go and be a miserable bastard all by myself is actually my primary life-goal, so I will henceforth be eagerly accepting donations to my Get This Freak the Hell Out of Secular Reality fund.
Now, it’s very amusing that someone who supports such things as free speech and the modern benefits of a little something called commonwealth law, wherein a republic-based state can alter existing legislation if it proves no longer appropriate (a.k.a unpopular) to an evolving society, might also support the religious morality notion of anti-choice.
One of the most common ludicrous arguments I hear against legal abortion is that the USA “was founded by christians with christian principles at its core,” as though that somehow justifies ignoring the most important principle those founders made absolutely clear in the First Amendment of the Constitution, which my dear Anonymous is citing here.
The First Amendment is not just about ‘free speech.’ It also contains something called the establishment clause, which reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
Ties right in with that whole free speech thing, don’tcha think? The phrase “separation of church and state” was coined by Thomas Jefferson in a letter and during his numerous discussions about the fledgling Constitution— and he ought to know, he wrote the damn thing. This phrase has been cited by the Supreme Court as being virtually absolute, as relevant to continued governance as the document itself, but the convenient use of that phrase is pretty irrelevant in argument because the language in the Amendment is goddamn clear.
Make no mistake; if you value your free speech, you also value the fact that your government is an entirely secular government with absolutely no religious affiliation whatsoever, no matter who the fuck was previously or is currently presiding in it. Founding fathers could’ve been tensely awaiting the Coming of the Great White Handkerchief and we still would not be making laws that you can only blow your nose if your sneeze directly threatens your life.
Meanwhile, because our glorious commonwealth state allows for updated judicial interpretation of the Constitution… even if the founding fathers were christian, and even if their original intentions had some basis in christian morality, it would still be legally irrelevant, because that is no longer the case.
While it’s possible that some earlier conclusions drawn by federal and especially state mandates can be altered, they are still necessarily drawn from the language of the document itself, and in most cases, that language is precise. Unless you just utterly failed high school english (which I am not demonstrating by refusing to capitalise words I believe are unjustly exalted), there is no way you can interpret something like the First Amendment to allow for religious morality of any kind to infiltrate your policy-making. Fortunately, we do not allow those who failed high school to become politicians, but these days I really fucking wonder. I want the statesmen of old, who spent more time hanging out with their constituents than in their private jets, not these fucking slimeballs to whom we have complacently handed our country.
Anonymous, regardless of whether you support anti-choice bullshit — because you didn’t actually mention it — why do you believe that this kind of offensive hate should be openly spewed against women? Would you support the right of someone to stand in the middle of your suburban street with a megaphone shouting that all blacks and Jews and used car salesmen should burn in hell? Do you think it’s great when people picket the funerals of murdered gay men? Is it just swell, according to you, when men tell women to get the fuck back in the kitchen where they belong?
Because that is exactly what all this nonsense about abortion sounds like to me. Anti-choice supporters can dress it up any way they like, including calling themselves by false titles such as ‘pro-life,’ but the essence of their opinion is that women should have less rights than a creature that can’t even fucking think, let alone exist as an independent entity capable of enacting the usual levels of autonomy required for such an illustrious term as ‘human.’
When I tell those people to shut the fuck up, it’s because I am genuinely frightened. I am frightened by the inexplicable size of this group of people, I am frightened by their disgusting beliefs, and I am terrified of the legal power these people are slowly acquiring. If I had the money for that deserted island, I’d be a fucking expatriot by now. The fact that this concept is even up for debate in this country disturbs me far more than what little aggression I may be showing in trying to prevent as beautiful a legal structure as the First Amendment from being relentlessly abused in order to propagate hate and subjugation.
I don’t know what’s wrong with you, but I’m sure there’s something according to somebody somewhere— maybe you wear glasses, or are too short, or too dark-skinned, or too stupid, or too full of estrogen for the tastes of a particular group, but I don’t think you’d be all smiles and roses if that group started amassing billions of dollars worth of political backers and tried to unleash an all-out war on your right to be short or stupid.
If you were all smiles and roses, you’d probably be killed by those people. That’s why there are men like me who don’t mind getting our fists bloody when it comes to protecting you from having to do the same.