I had an abortion.
I’m not going to tell you how old I was when I had it.
I’m not going to tell you what the circumstances around the pregnancy were.
I’m not going to tell you whether birth control was used or not.
I’m not going to tell you whether it was a wanted or an…
We, as a society, need to stop ranking abortions in order of acceptability: Well, it’s okay, if she was raped. It’s okay, if there was something wrong with the fetus. It’s okay, if she’s a teenager and too young to take care of a baby. It’s okay, if she already has three kids who need her. It’s okay, if [INSERT JUSTIFICATION HERE].
Fuck that noise. It’s okay, period. When I say I support abortion rights, that means I support the right of any woman to terminate any pregnancy at any time. I don’t need to know the details. No one does. An important part of making (and keeping) abortion legal is erasing the idea that some abortions are more ethical than others. If you want an abortion, you should have access to one. Period. The specifics of the situation? None of my business.
[NB: More people than just cis women need and want access to abortion care.]
Because when we cast abortion as a necessary evil, we really do perpetuate the shame of it. Someone, a lot of someones, is having all these abortions — but no one wants to talk about it because there is so much cultural fear and shame associated with it. It makes people — even and perhaps especially people who haven’t had an abortion — uncomfortable. And goodness forbid any of us should be uncomfortable.
But here’s the thing — just as I validate and respect the experiences of people who have had a difficult time with their abortion, I validate and respect the experiences of those people who did not. There are very much people who love abortion, no matter how glib that sounds, because it saved their lives — whether literal or metaphorical. There are people who are going to treat it with humor — for any number of reasons, including everything from laughing in the face of trauma to not finding it traumatic at all.
I know that is a hard thing to hear for a person who thinks of abortion as a necessary evil. But for many people, it is an open and honest reaction — and it needs to be heard, too.
I just want to print out this entire article 1000 times, strip naked, and roll around in it. I fucking love this article. I love it.
The onslaught of laws focusing on denying reproductive health care rights is a concerted campaign against women. These laws are not grounded in science or evidence-based medicine.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists believes that access to family-planning counseling and to the full array of contraceptives is a basic and essential component of preventive health care for women.
Efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides cervical cancer and mammography screening, contraception and other preventive care to millions of women, are egregious and disproportionately hurt poor women.
As physicians for women’s health care, ob-gyns see firsthand the havoc that punitive ideology-based laws have on the health of women and their families. These ill-conceived laws are based on the pretext of protecting health, but they do anything but that.
Mandating that women be legally forced to undergo transvaginal ultrasound or any other medical procedure against their will and against their physician’s judgment is an outrageous violation of patient autonomy and the confidential doctor-patient relationship. Decreasing access to family planning and contraception will only increase unintended pregnancies and negatively affect family and societal health.
Politicians were not elected to, nor should they, legislate the practice of medicine or dictate the parameters of the doctor-patient relationship. Our message to politicians is unequivocal: Get out of our exam rooms.
JAMES T. BREEDEN
President, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
[NB: more people than just cis women are affected by anti-choice laws.]
This is an all out Hunger Games appreciation post. Thank you Suzanne Collins, if not for you I wouldn’t be able to be part of this awesome fandom. These are my THG posters summed up in one post.
Favorite Movie Moments | The Hunger Games
The one who came up with the mahogany scene, you’re a genius.
Be a positive person. There’s nothing you can gain by dwelling on the negative.