Walk for Choice
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.

Every movement needs a flag! What would YOU like to see on a PRO-CHOICE FLAG? Please reblog!

Been thinking recently that a pro-choice flag would be a great point of unity for all of us.

I don’t know anything about designing flags, but I think the color orange would be a great starting point for several reasons:

  1. it’s the color of clinic escorts everywhere
  2. it represents protection, caution, safety (crossing guards! safe sex!)
  3. it’s bright as hell
  4. it seems to be a common color among several pro-choice groups already

Email any thoughts, ideas, or designs to prochoiceflag [at] gmail [dot] com.

Submissions will be accepted through the end of June, and after that…well, we’ll get to work on revealing the flag!

If you’d like to help with this cause but (like me) have no artistic abilities, consider setting aside whatever you can spare as a donation to the flag making fund instead. I’ll have a donation link available as soon as we have our Tax ID & non-profit status…but there are some significant changes that I believe must be made before that happens (good changes, I promise!).

-R

thehumorlessfeminist:

No more of this “pro-choice” vs. “pro-life” battle. Enough is enough. How many more doctors have to die before the media has the guts to call these people what they are—domestic terrorists?
They relentlessly terrorize the patients entering clinics every day. They terrorize abortion providers. They terrorize anyone who disagrees with them. 
They’re terrorists. Full stop.
People of Maryland, I am so, so sorry.

thehumorlessfeminist:

No more of this “pro-choice” vs. “pro-life” battle. Enough is enough. How many more doctors have to die before the media has the guts to call these people what they are—domestic terrorists?

They relentlessly terrorize the patients entering clinics every day. They terrorize abortion providers. They terrorize anyone who disagrees with them. 

They’re terrorists. Full stop.

People of Maryland, I am so, so sorry.

thehumorlessfeminist:

breakingthesky:

robertdowneyduck:

thehumorlessfeminist:

walkforchoice:

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.

I’m looking at you, followers. If you have the time and energy to reblog a picture of a cat in a refrigerator, you have the time and energy to sign this petition and REBLOG TODAY! Please! This stuff matters!

I haven’t seen these billboards yet, thankfully. 

It takes 21 seconds. I timed it…. Do it!

21 SECONDS! Less than thirty seconds to sign, folks. We’ve added 50+ signatures since this was posted, but WE CAN DO BETTER! Reblog reblog reblog!

Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter…let’s do whatever it takes to get a couple hundred more signatures on this tonight. You have the power, Tumblr!

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

Just sayin’.

I’m not a religious person and I’ve never believed in heaven or hell. But there is a hell on Earth. Hell is sitting next to the person you love most and listening to her wail hysterically because her heart just broke into a million pieces. Hell is watching her entire body convulse with sobs because she’s being tortured with grief. For as long as I live and no matter how many children we have, I will never forget that sound. And I vowed to do everything in my power to make sure she’d never make it again.

Across a crowded street, two people with “God Is Pro-Life!” signs and pictures of torn-up fetuses managed to drive the blade in even deeper. Again, I was left trying to console the inconsolable, feeling even more helpless this time, because I wasn’t allowed into surgery with her.

Running on pure adrenaline, and without even a hint of a plan, I grabbed my cell phone and crossed the street. I didn’t know what to say or how to say it, I just knew I wanted to make public the cowardice of these protesters. The video’s below—they didn’t disappoint.

Click through for the vid.

Why abortion isn’t murder, Merriam-Webster edition
murder: the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought

Note the following:

  1. Where abortion is legal, it cannot be murder.

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.

stfuantichoicers:

propaganda-for-life:

stateline.org, 2006

Mass exodus to Vermont, anyone?

I’m not sure if this is accurate. I don’t know of any “trigger laws” in IL. I could totally be wrong, though…
R

stfuantichoicers:

propaganda-for-life:

stateline.org, 2006

Mass exodus to Vermont, anyone?

I’m not sure if this is accurate. I don’t know of any “trigger laws” in IL. I could totally be wrong, though…

R