Walk for Choice

stfufauxminists:

Hey, so, I wrote an article about Walk for Choice for Lawsonry.com. Check it out, plz!

Walk for Choice, Honolulu.

Walk for Choice, Honolulu.

Walk for Choice, NYC.

Walk for Choice, NYC.

That link goes to the main FB event page, where you can RSVP, invite your friends, & find your local walk. We have walks taking place across the country, folks!

And if there’s not one near you, wear ORANGE tomorrow in support of choice!

-R

Walk for Choice Press Release is Out!

Walk for Choice, an event protesting the assault on women’s rights being carried out by the Republican-controlled Congress, had its first walk in February 2011. Now, organizers in 10 cities are coming together on May 21st to once again protest the ongoing war on women’s rights.

Chicago, IL – May 20, 2011 – On Saturday, May 21st, ten cities across the country will rally for reproductive rights. For two months, activists have been planning “Walk for Choice,” a repeat of the February event that attracted thousands nationwide, particularly in the Midwest.

"This event wouldn’t have been possible without social media," said Raven Geary, the director of Walk for Choice in Chicago. "Facebook and Twitter have been instrumental in putting us all in touch with one another. Our message is clear: we’ve had enough, and we’re committed to forming a new grassroots pro-choice movement."

She said threats to women’s health and livelihoods were exemplifying how little the current Congress cares about women.

"It’s a scary time to be someone seeking reproductive health services," Geary said. "Redefining rape? Mandating the investigation of miscarriages? Defunding Planned Parenthood? Politicians claim it’s about protecting women, but we know that’s a blatant lie. It’s in fact an outright war on women, and it’s also at its core an attack on every American’s right to privacy."

Some of the cities involved include Chicago, Salt Lake City, Kalamazoo, D.C., San Francisco, Tampa, Austin, Los Angeles, New York City, and Minneapolis.

“We believe that everyone should have access to the services that Planned Parenthood provides. We believe that a person should have rights and options in every aspect of reproduction,” said Jamie Carter, who’s organizing Walk for Choice in Salt Lake City. “This includes the right to make decisions about how to give birth as well, the right to refuse a C-section, to give birth at home, to get up and walk around in the hospital, or to demand every intervention we feel we need.”

Pro-choice activists in Texas are also planning a statewide Walk for Choice in Austin on May 28th. Carpools and buses will be organized from Dallas, Houston, and several other cities.

"Texas is committed to furthering the women’s movement. We maintain our unapologetic stance on reproductive justice, and abortion rights,” said Brit Schulte, the Dallas, Texas Walk for Choice organizer. “We will continue to struggle and participate in direct non-violent demonstrations to counter the legislative attacks on women’s bodily autonomy.”

For more information, visit WalkforChoice.tumblr.com.

Remember those anti-choice billboards unveiled in Chicago in March? If you don’t, allow me to refresh your memory: they feature an image of President Obama and read, “Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted.”

Because, you know, black women can’t be trusted to be make their own reproductive choices. And of course they can’t be potential future leaders who are making the best decisions for themselves.

Yeah, they’re still up. Fourteen of them, in fact. That’s a map. All of the billboards are in poor neighborhoods. It’s disgusting. Life Always, the group that sponsors the billboards, held a press conference in the dirty lot where the first billboard was unveiled and then left the lot the way they found it. They don’t care about Chicago communities. They’re not even from Chicago.

Please sign and reblog today. Your signature matters. It only takes a minute.

5 days until Walk for Choice (in this time zone)!

Just sayin’.

It’s still under construction, but our amazing WFC team in Utah has been working hard getting things together. If you want to volunteer your web design skills, get in touch with them!

-Raven

Democrats Who Voted Yes on HR3

brittanibotulism:

NARAL Pro-Choice America offers a wonderful tool which allows you to see if your local lawmaker voted on H.R. 3. Even better, NARAL offers you the opportunity to help thank the representatives who stood up to this extreme attack on a woman’s right to choose and, more importantly, offers you the opportunity to hold the anti-choice members of Congress accountable.

skyseasoning:

“It was a big crisis. It’s a major thing when you’re growing something with a woman, but they convinced us that it would never work out and would ruin our lives… . You go to the doctor and they put the needle in her belly and they squeeze the stuff in and you watch. And it comes out dead. I…

Okay, time to de-bunk a myth here. There is no such thing as “Post-Abortion Trauma” or “Post-Abortion Syndrome.” Check with various mainstream medical associations, such as the American Psychological Association, and you’ll find that they agree. This is a lie spread about by the anti-choice community in an attempt to demonize abortion further, and is not grounded on any empirical evidence whatsoever. Anti-choicers avidly seek out women who have had negative emotions regarding an abortion—all the while knowingly or unknowingly attempting to shame the woman whom they interviewed—and use this anecdotal evidence as if it shares the same weight as proven research.

A significantly “traumatic” psychiatric response in women who have abortions generally occur with women who have a history of psychological or emotional disorders. Furthermore, statistics show that the most common feeling a woman has after an abortion is relief.

Shockingly enough, more women suffer more stress and trauma through the process of adoption rather than with abortion. Emotions and difficulties brought on by an abortion are generally very acute, whereas a woman struggles throughout her life after an adoption, constantly fretting over the well-being of the child.

This by no means is meant to bash adoption, simply a fascinating bit of information I came across during my research. It also helps dispel some of the rumours that women are psychologically “better off” having to undergo the pregnancy and give up the unwanted child rather than having an abortion performed.

To wrap this up, I’d like to proffer a quote from leading specialists in the field who conducted their own research. Russo and Dabul shared their findings of an eight-year study in Professional Psychology:

"Although an intensive examination of the data was conducted, controlling for numerous variables and including comparisons of Black women versus White women, Catholic women versus non-Catholic women, and women who had abortions versus other women, the findings are consistent: The experience of having an abortion plays a negligible, if any, independent role in women’s well-being over time, regardless of race or religion. The major predictor of a woman’s well-being after an abortion, regardless of race or religion, is level of well-being before becoming pregnant…Our findings are congruent with those of others, including the National Academy of Sciences (1975), and the conclusion is worth repeating. Despite a concerted effort to convince the public of the existence of a widespread and severe postabortion trauma, there is no scientific evidence for the existence of such trauma, even though abortion occurs in the highly stressful context of an unwanted pregnancy.”

[Russo NF, Dabul, AJ. “The relationship of abortion to well-being: Do race and religion make a difference?”Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 1997, 28(1): 1-9.]

-BrittaniBotulism, blogging for Choice from Louisville, KY.

brittanibotulism:

An interesting article that challenges using the Bible as a valid argument against abortion. Written by a member of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights it not only offers a beautiful argument, but also explains a few of the finer points in the Bible that some of the religious, apparently, cannot understand.

Excerpt:

Randall Balmer revealed that the religious right seized upon abortion as a wedge anti-feminist issue to leverage their racist, sexist, pro-corporate agenda, which they deemed “family values.” They’ve done their best to prove that the only “pro-life” position is to shut down abortion providers. They cite the sixth commandment “do not kill” as unequivocal proof of a biblical ban on abortion.

The religious right is wrong. The sixth commandment does not prohibit abortion. It’s quite clear that the intended audience for the Ten Commandments is men: the last one prohibits the coveting of a neighbor’s wife, who is on a list with his donkey and house. Even though women could own property in Moses’ time, they did not have wives. I’m usually in favor of inclusive language, but sometimes, it is best to note when the Bible really is speaking to men, a point Jewish theologian Judith Plaskow made in Standing Again at Sinai.

The Commandments are not consistently sexist, however. Numbers five to 10 govern human relations, and the first on the list, number five, commands men to “honor your father and your mother so that your days may be long in the land.” Honor, kaved, means to respect parents to the point of accepting responsibility for their well being, even when it creates a burden, all year round. “Do not kill,” number six, follows this commandment.

Jesus’ discussion of the sixth commandment (Matthew 5) makes it very clear that it prohibits revenge, murderous anger against another and other nasty forms of men behaving badly. In Mark 10, in a conversation with a rich young (male) ruler, Jesus lists the five commandments governing human relationships and adds another, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

The Bible does not mention abortion. Using the Bible to prohibit it, as if the intimate, tangled relationship of mother and fetus were an equivalent to battle begins with the wrong premise. It treats the two parties as independent adult human beings at war.

This relationship does not apply to abortion.

Walk for Choice, May 21st: We’re mobilizing the whole damn country in support of abortion access. It starts with Tumblr. It starts with Facebook. It starts with you.

Across the country, Roe v. Wade is becoming more and more irrelevant as the states implement tighter restrictions on abortion access.

When will it end?

Conservatives will not relent until abortion is outlawed entirely.

Can we afford that? No. We’re not going to give them our bodies—our lives. We’re not playing this game anymore. We’re not sacrificing the right to birth control, emergency contraception, or yes, abortion, for the sake of bipartisanship or anything else.

If we learned anything from Walk for Choice February, it’s that we all—just by virtue of being tapped into these social networks—have the ability to mobilize an entire nation. How incredible is that?!

You may have noticed we don’t have a “Participating Cities” link on the sidebar anymore. That’s because our website, WalkForChoice.org, should be functioning soon.

Here’s the link to our nationwide Facebook event, which has all the participating cities listed.

This is grassroots internet activism. We all have to pull together and annoy the hell out of our Facebook friends and Twitter and Tumblr followers. Every signal boost matters. Every reblog and retweet makes a difference. The cities that are already participating? We wouldn’t have come together without social networking.

So, if you’re pro-choice and you want to be heard, please come out to Walk for Choice on May 21st. If our representatives won’t defend our rights, then we will.

R

Petitions DO work.

Hey there, BrittaniBotulism here to make a quick comment!

The petitions like the one recently reblogged do work, and our members of Congress do listen. I have signed countless petitions (and will now begin posting all of the petitions I receive here for accessibility) and have received three responses from Congress—John Yarmuth, Rand Paul, and Mitch McConnell have responded.

Even though Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell obviously did not agree with what I had to say (in the petitions there is an option to personalize your message, though be sure to always remain polite!) however the point is that they did get the message, and my voice was heard.

So, please! Sign any further petitions to alert our Congress that women will NOT be silent, and we ARE going to fight ANY and ALL injustices against Women and our right to Choose!

EDIT:

When you visit the majority of the sites on which the Petitions are located, there is usually an option to sign up for the mailing list. I would HIGHLY recommend it! They provide links to share the Petition on your Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts—plus, you are constantly kept up-to-date on Anti-Choice legislations happening in your area and what you can do about it!

Since the start of this Congress, House leadership has pursued an agenda seeking to reduce women’s access to reproductive health care services. Now they are pushing H.R. 3, a bill that proposes dangerous restrictions on insurance coverage for abortion.

H.R. 3 would harm women’s health and would even raise taxes on individuals and small businesses to punish private health care decisions. Now we are hearing that this bill may come to the House floor for a vote as early as next weekWe must stop them.

H.R. 3 reduces women’s access to abortion care in many ways, but here are some of its most outrageous provisions —

  • Raises taxes and increases costs on many individuals and small businesses with insurance plans that cover abortion, which could force individuals and employers to drop abortion coverage from their health insurance plans. It could even shut down the entire private market for insurance coverage that includes abortion.
  • Writes into permanent law a ban on abortion coverage for ALL women who depend on the government for their health care. This includes low-income women currently covered under Medicaid, women who will become eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, women serving in the U.S. military, federal employees, residents of the District of Columbia, women in federal prisons and women covered by the Indian Health Service.
  • Unbelievably, H.R. 3 contains no exceptions for circumstances where a woman faces serious health consequences, even if continuing the pregnancy could cause permanent damage to her heart, lungs, or kidneys.

We refuse to stand by as they continue their outrageous attack on women’s health. Tell your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 3 and its dangerous restrictions on women’s health care coverage today.