You have all my sympathies for wanting a child but being unable to have one. Truly. Let me make that perfectly clear.
However, I, a fertile white woman, don’t owe you shit. So if I get pregnant before I’m ready and need an abortion, you don’t get to tell me I should…
I agree with all of the above. Also, there are some fertile uterus owners who would LOVE to be infertile. Some of them HATE having a fertile uterus. Some of them don’t ever want kids. Some of them don’t ever want to experience pregnancy or childbirth. I do feel for those who want children but can’t physically have them. But, please consider that another’s desire to never have a child may be just as strong as your desire to have one.
Dr. George Tiller’s killing was not justifiable homicide, it was murder.
Blowing up abortion clinics is terrorism.
Defacing and covering abortion clinics in graffiti isvandalism.
Chanting “You’re next!” at doctors and clinic administrators is threatening them.
Preventing patients from entering a clinic by shouting at them, distracting them, walking in front of them, blocking their way with your bodies, or preventing them from exiting their cars is harassment.
You’re not a good person if you in any way, shape or form support, defend, or ignore any of these actions. Stop deluding yourself.
“They gather all these people up, they fill them with hate and then they stand back when the least imbalanced among them does something; they stand back and say they didn’t have anything to do with it.”—
Joan Armentrout, the clinic office administrator for Dr. Tiller’s clinic, talking about anti-choicers who use violent and hateful words to inspire violence against clinics and doctors but then claim that they aren’t responsible when physical violence is perpetuated by people who acted on their words.
tip: responding to anyone who may not share your same views by calling them names such as “bigoted a-hole” or “ignorant” or any derogatory word after only hearing part of their view is not being tolerant OR accepting.
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Today marks three years since Dr. George Tiller, a reproductive rights advocate and one of the precious few physicians in the country who performed lifesaving late-term abortions, was murdered at his church.
The day after his murder, I wrote you a letter, begging you to “stop relying on dangerously dishonest rhetoric about abortion, its supporters, and its opponents,” and to stop drawing an equivalency between the pro-choice and “pro-life” positions, as if both sides have an equally valid point, and as if activists who defend reproductive rights and activists who seek to subvert them are somehow two sides of the same coin.
Since that time, the Republican Party has, on both the state and federal levels, endeavored to undermine access to abortion, to contraception, and even to woman-centered healthcare providers. A record number of anti-abortion restrictions were enacted across the nation last year, at least one in every single state legislature. More than half of the state legislatures have considered restrictions on private health insurance plans to disallow them from paying for abortions. At least one state legislator has suggested that women should have to bear the cost of a separate insurance policy in case of needing an abortion in the event of being raped.
All of this has been done under the auspices of “valuing life,” despite the fact that forcing a person to carry to term an unwanted or unviable pregnancy against hir will is the opposite of a respect for life, if the definition of “life” is to have any meaning at all.
Last week, a second suspicious fire broke out in a reproductive clinic in Georgia, and, this week, a women’s health clinic in New Orleans was burned to the ground by an arsonist. These are only the latest examples of anti-choice terrorist acts in this nation, and they didn’t happen in a void. They happened in a political climate in which it is considered an acceptable position to value a blastocyst over a living, breathing, sentient, existent human being.
They happened in a country in which every state legislature, and the national Congress, are trying to find ways to limit access to abortion—and in which our ostensibly pro-choice president remains silent on that matter. Except, of course, when you’re bragging about ceding ground to anti-choicers to pass legislation, while insisting it’s “not an abortion bill.”
Mr. President, the vicious murder of Dr. Tiller was an act of terrorism committed by a terrorist. It should have been a wake-up call to this nation, and to you, to acknowledge the ugly reality that the anti-choice movement is a serious domestic threat.
Instead, the anti-choice movement has gained momentum with the unilateral support of the Republican Party, turning what was once a radical fringe movement into nothing less than state-sponsored terrorism, in defense of an inherently violent ideology.
And in response to this onslaught of violently misogynist activity by people who seek to rob people with uteri of their agency, their bodily autonomy, their right of self-determination, their access to a legal medical procedure, their ability to do that most basic of life management in the modern world—control their reproduction—your party has been all but silent.
Mr. President, you have failed to give an address centering reproductive rights, failed to give even a passing mention to reproductive rights in your “Women’s Equality Day” proclamation, failed to give even a passing mention to reproductive rights in your “Women’s History Month” proclamation, failed to acknowledge this war on agency in your State of the Union address, failed to prioritize science over religion, failed to prioritize healthcare over religion, and failed to be generally clueful on the issue of reproductive rights.
You are failing us.
Two years ago, I told you I was crying because I was sad and scared and angry. Today, sir, I cry because you have allowed Dr. Tiller’s murder to happen in vain.
With colossal contempt, Melissa McEwan
P.S. I will keep writing this letter everyyear, as long as I have to”
i wish that i had a little bar above my shoulder like characters do in video games, but instead of showing my health or energy it would measure my human interaction limit. and once it filled up everyone would know that i had maxed out on socialization and would know to leave me alone to recharge.
This idea that Pro-Lifers only care about the first nine months of a child life, and then dont want have anything to do with it, is complete nonsense. Pro-lifers are fighting against an evil that is accepted by society. Its a given that poverty and social injustice are bad things - but first of…
Great. I’m sure all of the actual children that already exist in the world today who are living in poverty or with abusive families; who are languishing in the foster care and adoption systems; who are dying unnecessarily from preventable diseases or because they don’t have access to adequate, affordable health care really appreciate that you will only be able to care for/about them once you “irradiate” (eradicate?) abortion. Induced abortion has existed as a human practice for thousands of years, it’s foolish to think it will disappear, even if made illegal. In other words, saying you will worry about children living in poverty once abortion has been eradicated is pretty much tantamount to saying never.
THANK YOU^^^^ People will always have abortions, even if it does become illegal. If “pro-lifers” succeed in making abortion illegal then only one think will happen. More innocent people will die. (Oh, and in case you are wondering, when I say innocent people; I’m talking about uteri owners, not fetuses.) A fetus cannot be innocent (or guilty) because it isn’t sentient. Abortion will always exist in this world. Period. Therefore, if one really cares about life, one should adopt some of the unwanted children languishing in the foster care system. Most people who adopt want healthy white babies. Do you know how many truly innocent sentient children are left out of that equation? Far too many. If one is truly cares about life, then one should advocate for proper sex education to be taught in schools (none of this abstinence only nonsense. It may seem like a nice idea in theory, but most people are going to have sex regardless.) And if one is truly against abortion; then one shouldn’t have a problem with women having access to free birth control. Birth control prevents abortions. I know some pro-lifers actually do agree with all of these statements. But most don’t. Because most so-called “pro-lifers” don’t actually care about life. They just care about controlling, punishing, and shaming people who live by a different moral code than they do. That’s not pro-life. That’s just being a bully determined to push your personal beliefs on others; regardless of the consequences.