I don’t think that truer words regarding the subject of abortion have ever been spoken.
We were deeply saddened to hear the news about Savita Halappanavar – a woman who died after being denied a life-saving abortion in Ireland. There are too many stories like Savita’s out there and many countries – other than Ireland – where abortion remains illegal.
Remember Savita and the importance of access to safe and legal abortion in the United States and around the world. Please share this in support.
Tonight, right now, over two thousand infuriated Irishmen and Women have gathered outside the Dáil in protest over the death of Savita Halappanavar, who died of septicaemia in Galway University Hospital after she had a miscarriage. They protest over our governements failure to legislate for the X Case.
This was a protest organised over a matter of hours. The response has been overwhelming.
Ireland needs a change. All these people are there to voice this chance.
Absolutely horrified by this story. Sickened and upset.
Isn’t it odd how everyone that supports abortion has already been born?
Strangely, everyone who opposes abortion has also been born. It’s almost like you have to be born to have opinions… like it’s part of the basic definition of being a person or something. I’m so glad you pointed that out. It’s a really great point.
— John Waters (via georgechamoun)
‘The reproductive rights movement frames the issues around individual “choice” - does the woman have the choice to have or not to have an abortion. This analysis obscures all the social conditions that prevent women from having and making real choices - lack of health care, poverty, lack of social services, etc…. In the Native context, where women often find the only contraceptives available to them are dangerous… where they live in communities in which unemployment rates can run as high as 80 percent, and where their life expectancy can be as low as 47 years, reproductive “choice” defined so narrowly is a meaningless concept. Instead, Native women and men must fight for community self-determination and sovereignty over their health care….’
‘“Choice”… became a symbol of middle-class women’s arrival as independent consumers. Middle-class women could afford to choose. They had earned the right to choose motherhood, if they liked. According to many Americans, however, when choice was associated with poor women, it became a symbol of illegitimacy. Poor women had not earned the right to choose.’
…while the pro-choice camp contends that the pro-life position diminishes the rights of women in favor of “fetal” rights, the pro-choice position actually does not ascribe inherent rights to women either. Rather, women are ascribed reproductive choices if they can afford them or if they are deemed legitimate choice-makers.
The consequence of the “choice” paradigm is that its advocates often take positions that are oppressive to women from marginalized communities. For instance, this paradigm often makes it difficult to develop nuanced positions on the use of abortion when the fetus is determined to have abnormalities. Focusing solely on the woman’s choice to have or not have this child does not address the larger context of a society that sees children with disabilities as having lives not worth living and that provides inadequate resources to women who may otherwise want to have them…."
Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith (via homoarigato)
Read read read. This is something that as a self-described militant pro-choicer I too often see overlooked.
Let’s not forget about the 9 months of care as well. Not everyone has that kind of privilege and luxury to continue a pregnancy.
We never talk about people who need or want abortions as living things. All the focus goes on embryos, because for some reason, they’re more important than the people who are carrying them.
Here is the Doonesbury comic that multiple newspapers refuse to run.
Woman: Excuse me, is this where I get the sonogram?
Doctor: Yes it is, miss… Would this be your first pregnancy termination?
Doctor: Then you’ll need to fill out this form. Please take a seat in the shaming room.
Woman: In the what?
Doctor: A middle-aged, male state legislator will be with you in a moment.
This reminds me of a picture my mother sent me with the subject “GOOD photo but Bad Words”…it was a photo of a middle-aged Black woman holding a sign that said, “If I wanted a senator in my vagina, I’d fuck one.” Amen to that.
Safe abortions have always been available to the rich, Dan. You simply want to deny them to the poor, and if you succeed, poor women will be forced to get them anyway. They’ll be forced into the alleys with hangers, plungers and vacuum cleaners, risking death or mutilation. But you’d like that, wouldn’t you, Dan? You sadistic, elitist, sexist, racist, anti-humanist pig!
Saturday Night Live 3x18
This was a long time ago but sadly nothing has changed but got worse. The sadistic, elitist, sexist, racist, anti-humanistic pigs still do it.
I’m not even Catholic, and I adore this. Anti-choice really is about traditional gender roles, at the end of the day.
I smile when I read about how pro-choice some Catholics are. I don’t feel so alone anymore