“…she stopped paying close attention to his words and when at red lights, examined the rain drops spattering on the windshield so intently that she almost stared right through them. Each drop seemed stuck on the glass, until another drop landed on it and they rolled down the window together, ending in a climactic splash.”
Sara: College class of 2012 (English major, Gender and Sexuality Studies minor), looking for work/applying to grad school, writer, clarinetist.
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"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
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Bodily autonomy is something everyone needs to be familiar with.
recent studies reveal that 100% of abortions are performed on women who do not wish to be pregnant and 0% of abortions are performed on conservative republican men
Yo, people, not women, but yes.
It’s getting old seeing the lady holding that sign outside the Planned Parenthood across the street just about every. fucking. day.
I mean, sure, my mom chose to carry me to term and then she also chose to raise me (those are not equivalent statements, abortion is an alternative to pregnancy, not adoption), but that’s the point: SHE CHOSE.
She wasn’t forced, it was what she wanted for her life, and we are both so much better off for it having been a real choice.
Also, I’ll smile when I feel like it, and not any other time.
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Ohio: corn, football, seasons?
I’d nix seasons and maybe add Republicans
Virginia: Elected Governor Ultrasound
There is a concept called body autonomy. Its generally considered a human right. Bodily autonomy means a person has control over who or what uses their body, for what, and for how long. Its why you can’t be forced to donate blood, tissue, or organs. Even if you are dead. Even if you’d save or improve 20 lives. It’s why someone can’t touch you, have sex with you, or use your body in any way without your continuous consent.
A fetus is using someone’s body parts. Therefore under bodily autonomy, it is there by permission, not by right. It needs a persons continuous consent. If they deny and withdraw their consent, the pregnant person has the right to remove them from that moment. A fetus is equal in this regard because if I need someone else’s body parts to live, they can also legally deny me their use.
By saying a fetus has a right to someone’s body parts until it’s born, despite the pregnant person’s wishes, you are doing two things.
1. Granting a fetus more rights to other people’s bodies than any born person.
2. Awarding a pregnant person less rights to their body than a corpse.
Hannah Goff (x)
Chart of the Day/Month/Year, people.
Last night, I was at WIN’s YWA awards, and the keynote speaker was Cecile Richards. Cecile Richards.
She was awesome.
To ignorant protest lady:
Motherfuckers were blocking both sides of the street earlier this morning, and apparently it was even worse before I got there, to the point where a coworker had to convince them to let her get into our building.
This time, though, there were clinic escorts and a handful of counter-protesters, and they have a tumblr!
I hiked over through the aggressive, awful people to the counter-protesters and offered to go buy them some coffee or hot chocolate. They declined, but I signed up on their list, gave them a donation, got a bunch of stickers, and also got a card with all of their now-ish events on it!
Some of the windows in the building next to the Planned Parenthood also had messages of prochoice support!
multiple groups came and went all day, and will likely continue to do so for a few days. :(
(Referring to this.)
Not far from where I am, there’s a huge crowd surrounding a Planned Parenthood.
Because it totally makes sense to intimidate people out of general and reproductive health access because that’s really productive and not at all disgustingly invasive and shitty.
I’m pretty upset.
IN BETTER NEWS: the guy who spent all of the inauguration ceremony ruining it for everyone BUT the people he was actually mad at by yelling random anti-choice bullshit near where we were standing has been banned from DC!
One of the forums I lurk has a really interesting politics sub-forum, and I saw this getting linked a lot. It seems to go back to 2006 (the source i’ve linked is as far back as I can trace it via google, for full disclosure) but it’s pretty much the best thing i’ve seen that counters that particular pro-life argument (“ABORTION IS MURDERING CHILDREN”).